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Drew Brees sends special footballs to those who helped him achieve passing record

Published: Saturday, December 15, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62-yard pass to take the all-time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62-yard pass to take the all-time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.(Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took time to play Santa recently to thank those who helped him achieve the title of NFL's all-time career passing leader this season.

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With the assistance of team staff members, Brees compiled a list of 174 individuals who he wanted to receive a commemorative football to mark his milestone, NFL.com reported. Recipients included not just receivers, but offensive lineman, blockers and coaches over the quarterback's 18-year career that he felt deserved acknowledgment.

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For Saints' rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith, the gift from Brees has double meaning. Not only did his 62-yard touchdown reception in week 5 against the Redskins secure the all-time passing record for Brees, it was also the rookie's first NFL touchdown.

In addition to a customized football, recipients also will receive a letter of gratitude from Brees, NFL.com reported.