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October 2, 2012

Unitas behind Brees in quest to break father’s record

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have had a rough go of things this year without the services of suspended head coach


Sean Peyton or Pro Bowl linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

After four games the Saints are one of just two NFL teams yet to post a win, along with Cleveland, and things don’t look like they will get better anytime soon.

Tuesday, however, the man who near single-handedly resuscitated football in the Big Easy had a reason to smile.

That’s because Joe Unitas, one of the sons of the legendary Baltimore Colts quarterback whom Brees tied in the league record books Sunday with his streak of 47 consecutive game with at least one touchdown pass, released an open letter to the Saints star saying that Sunday he will be cheering for him to break the record his father has held so long.

“My father always said that records were meant to be broken,” writes Unitas. “I know that if he was still with us that he would wish you the best as well.”

Unitas, who died in 2002 at the age of 69, set the 52-year old record between 1956 and 1960.

The full text of the letter is below:




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.


Joe Unitas






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