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Saints fans make 71,941-yard trek to watch Drew Brees break passing record

Drew Brees made NFL history during Monday night’s win over the Washington Redskins and two obviously inspired fans made a symbolic trek ahead of the game to pay tribute to the current all-time leader in career passing yards.

With a 62-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter of the New Orleans Saints’ win, Brees eclipsed the 71,940-yard-mark previously set by Peyton Manning, putting himself on top of a most-esteemed list.

Ben Gallagher and Grady Forkin of’s “The Checkdown,” wanted to catch the monumental moment in person while at the same time celebrating the specific numerical value of Brees’ remarkable accomplishment.

The duo hoofed it 71,940 yards — approximately 41 miles — from New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, La., to Mercedes-Benz Superdome, a journey that began at about 3:30 a.m. early Monday morning.

Gallagher and Fokin chronicled their trek via The Checkdown’s official Twitter account.

The two big-time Brees backers were even rewarded for their lengthy travels by actually getting to meet Brees on the field after the Saints’ 43-19 victory.

There are arguably far better — and much less strenuous and taxing — ways to spend an entire Monday than what Gallagher and Fokin put themselves through. But when it was all said and done, the two Brees fans would probably beg to differ given their encounter with their quarterbacking hero.