With record in sight, Drew Brees gets a boost from Unitas

Drew Brees is on the verge of making NFL history again. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints may be 0-4, but all eyes will be on Drew Brees on Sunday night when the All-Pro quarterback attempts to break one of the NFL’s most impressive marks.

With a touchdown pass against the Chargers, Brees will break Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.

Unitas, who died in 2002, set the record between 1956 and 1960, and his son believes the legendary Colts quarterback would be proud to see Brees surpass the longstanding record.

In a letter to Brees, posted on the Saints’ Facebook page, Joe Unitas writes “my father always said that records were meant to be broken.”

“The things (Johnny Unitas) would appreciate most about you have nothing to do with football; it’s about who you are as a person,” Unitas wrote. “You’re a role model for today’s youth, a family man, and a humanitarian who cares for his community. My father would tell you these are the important things in life, not some record in a book.”

Last season Brees shattered Dan Marino’s single-season passing record when he threw for 5,476 yards. After four games, he’s on pace for 5,400 yards this season, and if the Saints keep struggling to run the ball, he could surpass his own mark.

Of course all of this is little consolation for an 0-4 team that came into the season with Super Bowl hopes in the wake of the Bountygate scandal.

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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.



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