Drew Brees’ football from most consecutive games with a touchdown pass record added to Hall of Fame

10/9/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made another mark on the Pro Football history Sunday by eclipsing Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas’ 52-year-old record for throwing touchdown pass in 47-consecutive games. And to commemorate that moment, an additional artifact of Drew Brees’ is being added to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Johnny Unitas set the NFL’s “unbreakable record” on a touchdown pass streak that began with a game in the 1956 season and took till 1960 to accomplish.
Drew Brees broke Jonny Unitas’ former record on a 40-yard pass late in the fourth quarter to New Orleans Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson for a touchdown pass.
It was a moment of retribution for New Orleans Saints who began their the season at 0-4 and ended the Sunday night game against the San Diego Chargers with a Hall of Fame record and a 31-24 victory in Drew Brees’ 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass.
The recent achievement also provided an escape from the gloomy impact of the bounty scandal which has been carried off from the offseason into the New Orleans Saints’ regular-season struggles.
“You just have to make sure you don't become numb to these records," stated the New Orleans Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer.
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, head coach Sean Payton, and offensive coordinator as well as former interim coach Joe Vitt are all serving suspensions by the league.
Recent additions to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on accounted the 48th consecutive game passing touchdown record include the football from the game, the game program, two fan towels commemorating the NFL’s breast cancer awareness month, official play-by-play game book, as well as a copy of the play sheet featuring signatures by Aaron Kromer, Pete Carmichael and autographed “48” by Drew Brees.
The mementos from the game will be exhibited in the Football Today Gallery of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The six-time Pro-Bowl selection, Drew Brees began his streak with an 18 October game against the New York Giants in 2009.
"The amazing thing about a record like this is that it spans over the course of, really, four seasons,” stated Drew Brees, “and hopefully we can keep it going for a while.”
Before Drew Brees started coming within range of Jonny Unitas’ record, no other quarterback from the NFL was even close to 10 games of the record. However, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has an ongoing streak of 37 games after last Sunday’s game, which currently accounts for the third-longest streak.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame president Steve Perry appreciated the mementos given to commemorate Drew Brees’ recent record.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is pleased to be able to add this milestone football to our collection of priceless artifacts,” stated Steve Perry. “This is certainly one of the game’s most significant records and one that for more than 50 years seemed to be simply out of reach.”
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