POSTED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 8:04pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WGNO) — On Sunday night, Saints quarterback Drew Brees can break an NFL record that has stood for almost 52 years. But Brees says the record takes a backseat to a larger priority.
If Brees throws a touchdown pass against the Chargers, he will set a new NFL record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.
Brees is currently tied with Johnny Unitas at 47 straight games. But for Brees, the bigger number is the Saints' 0-and-4 record.
"Obviously hope that we accomplish it, but at the same time, I need to focus on doing my job," Brees said Wednesday. "And whatever it takes to help us win. And if we break the record in the process that's great."
Unitas' record streak ended in December of 1960. And Brees, a student of history, said he's watched several films of Unitas in action. He was asked what it may have been like to play in the Johnny Unitas era: "I always like looking at pictures of the posed days, so I always imagined doing one of those poses."
Brees already owns a pair of NFL records: in 2011 he set the NFL's single season completion percentage record with 70.6%, and he passed for 5,476 yards.
Drew Brees is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 5,000 yards in two seasons.