In a heartbreaking defeat to the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Drew Brees threw three touchdowns, the first tying Johnny Unitas' record for consecutive games with a passing touchdown.
With that record almost certain to fall Sunday night when the Saints play the San Diego Chargers, Joe Unitas sent Drew a wonderful letter of congratulations and support:
I wanted to take a minute to congratulate you on tying my father's record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. I've been follow your pursuit of the record since last season. I'm a big fan of yours, and wish you the best Sunday night against San Diego as you try to break the record. My father always said that records were meant to be broken. I know that if he was still with us that he would wish you the best as well.
When I look back on my father's life I remember a man who was much bigger than the game of football. The things he would appreciate most about you have nothing to do with football; it's about who you are as a person. You're a role model for today's youth, a family man, and a humanitarian who cares for his community. My father would tell you these are the important things in life, not some record in a book.
Continue to be a leader for your team and the City of New Orleans. You're a great quarterback but even better man. Stay healthy and safe this week and in the future. My family and I will be watching Sunday night cheering for you. Best of luck.
This morning Brees thanked Unitas via Twitter, "Thank you to Joe Unitas, son of Johnny Unitas, for the very kind letter. I'm honored & humbled to continue the legacy he established for all."
If Brees breaks Unitas' record it will be against the San Diego Chargers, the team that drafted him and eventually let him go after a shoulder injury against the Denver Broncos in the last game of the 2005 season.
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