Don’t look for the uniform worn by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees when he broke the long-standing record for passing yards in a season in any sports memorabilia auction. It’s now part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s collection.
The jersey, pants, socks and shoes worn by Brees in the Week 16 nationally televised Monday Night Football game against the division rival Atlanta Falcons arrived in Canton last Friday. They were then placed on exhibit this week in the museum’s Pro Football Today Gallery.
Brees connected on a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles with just under three minutes to play that pushed his passing yardage total for the season to 5,087, beaking the record set by Hall of Famer Dan Marino in 1984. Marino became the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 5,000 yards when he reached 5,084 yards passing for the Dolphins that season.
The TD strike that set the new mark also put the finishing touches on the Saints’ 45-16 win over the Falcons, clinching the NFC South. Brees finished the game with 307 yards through the air and threw 4 TD passes. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season twice after having thrown for 5,069 yards in 2008.
He added to the record in the season finale win over the Carolina Panthers to finish the year with 5,476 yards. Brees also set NFL records in 2011 for completions (468), completion percentage (71.2 percent), 300-yard passing games (13) and consecutive 300-yard passing games (seven).