"I just play because I love the game and I love to compete and I love being part of this organization".
Should Brees break the record - and statistically speaking it's likely he will, as Brees has thrown for at least 200 yards in 92 percent of his home games as a Saint - the league and the Saints will reportedly stop the game if it comes at an appropriate time, according to ESPN's Mike Triplett. Brees, who already holds the single-season record for completion rate at 72 percent last season, finished the game a remarkable 26 of 29 for 363 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns - two of them going to Smith, a third-round draft choice out of Central Florida has played just five National Football League games and is now immortalized because of his role in Brees' record-breaking pass. Next season he's likely to become the record-holder in attempts (Brett Favre has 10,169) and touchdowns (Manning has 539). He signed with New Orleans in the 2017 offseason and spent four games with the Saints before they traded him to Arizona. "You've ruined that for me".
He set the then single-season mark for passing yards with 5,476 in the 2011 season before it was eclipsed two years later by Manning. He said he knew something was "seriously wrong".
Saints officials said Brees also would hand his uniform over to the Hall of Fame after the game.
Brees set the National Football League all-time completions record last month with number 6,301 to break Favre's career mark. No other quarterback has more than one such campaign.
"He deserves it. It's been an unbelievable run", Payton said. Monday night is giving us a good one, too.