A lot will be written about Drew Brees breaking Dan Marino's 27-year-old single season passing record, thousands of words all pretty much saying the same thing: Brees is one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks that has ever played.
There really isn't any way to overstate it. New Orleans is now home to not just a Super Bowl-MVP-winning, sure-fire Hall of Fame inductee, but also to a multiple NFL-record holder (the first being the record Brees set for completions in the Super Bowl). The significance of this record also can't be overstated. Marino, arguably the greatest NFL quarterback to never win a Super Bowl, originally set the record in his sophomore season in the league, nearly three decades ago and that same year he led the Dolphins to a Super Bowl appearance.
But while Marino set his record as a wunderkind and ended his career always coming just short of an elusive championship, the manner in which Brees got his record makes it all the more special. Brees broke the record after winning a Super Bowl and he did it in the tenth year of his career. This is a player that, back in 2006, people wondered if he would ever be able to move his shoulder without pain again, let alone play quarterback in the NFL. Now he'll be remembered as one of the best that ever played his position.
Some asinine cranks will try and tell you that Brees and coach Sean Payton were wrong in their pursuit of the record and that it was "classless" to have run up the score on the Falcons to accomplish their goal. The Falcons, to be sure, were pissed that they had to be the ones to give up the record on national TV in a game that also gave the NFC South Division title to their heated rivals. And, not that it matters, but Brees and Payton didn't need the Falcons permission to break the record and, if Atlanta really had a problem with it they could have, you know, stopped Brees.
Stopping Brees, as the Falcons and most of the NFL will tell you, is no easy task. The Falcons came close in the second half, limiting Brees to just 86-yards in the second half and, compared to his season averages, Brees didn't play like himself. But even on a night when Brees didn't play up to his ridiculously high standards, he still had his way with the Falcons secondary, moving the Saints basically at will up and down the field. Really, if the Falcons didn't want the Saints to run up the score, they could have refrained from intercepting Brees twice and letting him get the 30 yards he needed on that final drive earlier in the game.
All in all, this is just another reason to celebrate one of the greatest athletes in his sport and, certainly, the greatest athlete ever to represent New Orleans. In a city that needs no reason for a party, this is as good as any. Brees, though, isn't satisfied with just a single record, he's looking to win championships. And if you think the Saints' first Super Bowl celebration was something to remember, just imagine what it will be like if Brees lifts the Lombardi trophy the same year he played the best season ever as a quarterback.