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

    By: Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    NEW ORLEANS - 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.

    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.

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