Drew Brees sends special footballs to those who helped him achieve passing record

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took time to play Santa recently to thank those who helped him achieve the title of NFL's all-time career passing leader this season.

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With the assistance of team staff members, Brees compiled a list of 174 individuals who he wanted to receive a commemorative football to mark his milestone, NFL.com reported. Recipients included not just receivers, but offensive lineman, blockers and coaches over the quarterback's 18-year career that he felt deserved acknowledgment.

For Saints' rookie wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith, the gift from Brees has double meaning. Not only did his 62-yard touchdown reception in week 5 against the Redskins secure the all-time passing record for Brees, it was also the rookie's first NFL touchdown.

In addition to a customized football, recipients also will receive a letter of gratitude from Brees, NFL.com reported.

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