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Emotional Drew Brees discusses message to sons after breaking record

Drew Brees shared an incredibly emotional moment with his sons on Monday night after becoming the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards. On Wednesday, recalling the moment during an appearance on NBC’s “TODAY” evoked even more emotions out of the New Orleans Saints signal-caller.

With a 62-yard touchdown pass during the second quarter of the Saints’ win over the Washington Redskins on “Monday Night Football,” Brees eclipsed the 71,940-yard-mark previously set by Peyton Manning.

Brees was outfitted with a mic in anticipation of his record-setting moment, so his heartwarming interaction with his three sons was captured.

Brees was asked about the deeply personal moment caught on video during his “TODAY” appearance. Brees became teary-eyed when discussing how he was able to impart such a personal message to his three boys — Baylen, Bowen, and Callen (daughter Rylen was being held at the time by Brees’ wife Brittany) — immediately after such a profound professional moment.

“That’s just what came to my heart,” Brees said, as transcribed by The Times-Picayune. “That’s honestly what I whisper in their ear every night before they go to bed. I want them to approach life with a great sense of gratitude and humility and respect for others and just let them know they can accomplish anything in life their willing to work for. That’s the truth.”

Brees also discussed how he currently feels about contemplating his life after football.

Brees’ “TODAY” interview in its entirety follows below.