Brady becomes NFL’s all-time leading passer

Published October 4, 2021, 10:15 AM

by Agence-France-Presse

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers points against the New England Patriots during the second quarter in the game at Gillette Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady became the NFL’s all-time passer in his homecoming game against the New England Patriots on Sunday night.

Seven-time Super Bowl winner Brady is the all-time leader in passing yards after completing a 28-yard throw to Tampa teammate Mike Evans with six minutes remaining in the first quarter to pass Drew Brees by one yard.

Brady entered the contest with 80,291 yards, needing 68 to pass Brees. He now has 80,359 compared to Brees’ 80,358.

Brady, who is in his second season with the Buccaneers after spending 20 years with New England, is making his first return to New England since leaving in 2020. 

Brees was in Foxborough and on the sidelines when Brady broke his mark. 

Brees played 20 seasons in the NFL, retiring in March. He won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints in the 2009.