Brady set the mark in the first quarter with a pass to Mike Evans. There was no special ceremony for the record-breaking event. The NBC broadcast showed Brees clapping for Brady, but there was no ceremonial handshake or tribute in the middle of the game. Brees expressed his support for the superstar quarterback on Instagram.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
“Congratulations @tombrady on breaking the NFL All-Time Yardage Record! We have had some epic battles over the years, but more importantly, have been able to develop a great friendship along the way,” he wrote with a college of photos of him and Brady together.
“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 realize 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!”
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greet after the game at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Brady now sits on the top of the list with 80,560. Brees finished his career with 80,358. Brady finished the game 22-for-43 with 269 passing yards.
The matchup on Sunday night between the Bucs and Patriots marked Brady’s return to New England after leaving for Tampa Bay last offseason. The future Hall of Fame quarterback spent 20 years in New England and won six Super Bowls with the franchise.
NBC commentator Drew Brees looks on before the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
The Buccaneers would win the game, 19-17.