Some records have been thought to be unbreakable. Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak has stood since 1941. A similar streak, one where Johnny Unitas threw a touchdown pass in 47 straight games happened from December 9, 1956 to December 4, 1960. No one has even come within 10 games of that streak.
Until we set a Boilermaker on it.
The greatest to ever leave the Cradle of Quarterbacks has now tied Mr. Unitas, throwing a touchdown pass in every game he has played in from October 18, 2009, until today when he threw a first quarter touchdown pass to Marques Colston against the Green Bay Packers. What happened the day before that? only Purdue's stunning upset of No. 7 Ohio State.
There is little doubt in my mind that Drew will some day be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His career numbers are reaching heights that few have reached. Sometime next season he could surpass 50,000 yards, something that only four other quarterbacks, who can be known simply by one name of Favre, Marino, Manning, and Elway, can say they have done. Drew is already No. 10 on the all-time list and will likely be No. 8 in yards by the end of the season.
And this is all from a lightly recruited, somewhat undersized young man with a bad knee that got a scholarship offer from a program that hadn't done anything of note in almost two decades. It is no secret that I have a large hetero man-crush on Drew Brees, but much of it comes from what he did on the football field when I was on campus. It really was a true honor to witness that entire era.
Congrats, Drew. For everything you've done we are most thankful that you were a Boilermaker first.