Johnny Unitas’ 52 year old record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass could finally be broken this week. With a TD pass on Sunday against the Chargers, Drew Brees will pass the mark of the Hall of Famer from the Baltimore Colts.
Unitas’ son, Joe, sent Brees a letter congratulating him on tying on father’s record and wishing him the best of luck against San Diego.
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 following 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.
Tony Lombardi of RussellStreetReport.com wrote a great piece about Unitas’ feat and the possibility of the record being broke.
It’s always sad to see, but at least Brees has the stamp of approval from the Unitas family.