*Fair warning: Even if you don’t follow or even like football, this is still a pretty inspiring story*
During last week’s Monday Night Football game Drew Brees, the New Orlean’s Saints quarterback, threw for 363 yards. Just before half-time Brees surpassed the NFL’s record for all-time passing yards, which was previously held by Peyton Manning. Throughout Bree’s 18 years in the NFL, he’s thrown the football 72,103 yards. That’s nearly 40 miles, now that’s impressive!
After his 62-yard pass that beat Manning’s record, the New Orlean’s Saint’s quarterback received a standing ovation from the crowd. Brees removed his helmet, saluted the crowd then hugged his wife and children on the sideline.
But more important than his new record and ear, Brees told his sons, "I love you guys so much. You can accomplish anything in life if you're willing to work for it," as his wife held their daughter.
“When something like this happens, there are so many people who are responsible for that, that are a part of that, and that makes me happy. It makes me proud and it makes me extremely grateful — extremely grateful for the opportunity to play this game, to play it as long as I’ve played it, to have wound up here in New Orleans,” Brees told USA Today.
His humbleness, positivity and gratitude are what makes him a standout, even more than his records, awards and Super Bowl win. Being a great human, teammate, and father means far more than how good he is at his job. We need more professional athletes and celebrities who use their influence for good like Brees does.
Get out there and break a record (and don’t forget your positive attitude while you’re doing it)!