NFL: Brees not surprised as Brady breaks passing yards record
Drew Brees congratulated Tom Brady after the superstar made NFL history in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' win over former team the New England Patriots.
Drew Brees said Tom Brady's continued exploits are no surprise to him after the veteran Tampa Bay Buccaneers star surpassed his NFL career passing yards record.
Brady broke Brees' record in Super Bowl champions the Buccaneers' 19-17 victory at the New England Patriots on Sunday.
In his first appearance in Foxborough since leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers after 19 seasons and six Super Bowls ahead of the 2020 season, Brady surpassed Brees' mark of 80,291 yards in the opening quarter.
Brees takes to social media to laud record-breaking Brady
Brees – who retired at the end of last season – hailed the 44-year-old quarterback, who continues to defy 'Father Time'.
"Congratulations @tombrady on breaking the NFL All-Time Yardage Record!," Brees wrote via Instagram.
"We have had some epic battles over the years, but more importantly, have been able to develop a great friendship along the way.
"Some may be surprised what you are doing at age 44, but I am not. Your commitment and dedication to this game, your team, and to being the very best, are second to none.
"Very few realise the stress, sacrifice and struggle it takes to play the QB position for so many years.
"You continue to put greatness on display and bring out the best in those around you. Enjoy the moment as you have earned it!"
Bucs' win over Patriots sees Brady completes set
Brady – a seven-time Super Bowl champion – got the better of the Patriots and Bill Belichick to join Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Brees as the only QBs to defeat all 32 NFL franchises.