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Tom Brady breaks Drew Brees' record as he faces NE Patriots

The seven time Super Bowl winner just became the NFL's all time leader in career passing yardage.

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Tom Brady breaks Drew Brees' record as he faces NE Patriots
Harry How AFP

Tom Brady became the NFL's all-time career passing yards leader on Sunday night against his old team the New England Patriots

Brady breaks Drew Brees' record

It didn't even take a full half for Tom Brady to write his name on yet another page of NFL history. Facing his old team the New England Patriots, in probably the most anticipated game of the 2021 season, the legendary quarterback returned to the stadium he played in for 20 years.

Fans of both teams witnessed as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback became the NFL's all-time leader in career passing yardage, in the first quarter of Sunday night's clash with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Brady, Brees and the numbers

Coming into the game Brady needed just 68 yards to pass Drew Brees' mountain of 80,358. Without any ado, the prodigal son returned did just that on a 28-yard completion to wide receiver Mike Evans.

Brees who was present on the night was quarterback for both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers set the record in 2018. Speaking on NBC's broadcast, the former record holder was humble in his response. "I've always believed that records were meant to be broken. So I've had the chance to break quite a few as well. And I know the feeling. It's special. ... You think about the career that Tom Brady has had, and it's pretty remarkable."

Brady can now count this latest milestone alongside his many shining achievements. At 44 years old, the NFL icon is currently the record holder for touchdown passes (591), regular-season wins (232) and of course Super Bowl titles (seven).

Brady isn't done there

If the Buccaneers are able to claim victory will also equal Brees, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to beat all 32 teams. Speaking before the game of the intense anticipation surrounding his return, Brady was respectful but clear, "I still have a lot of great friends there, but they know I want to kick their butt this week," he said.