By Mike Triplett
Peyton Manning knows it's not a matter of "if" New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will break his NFL record for career passing yards.
"It's just a matter of when," Manning told NOLA.com on Friday during the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
"He deserves it. He's been a great player for a long time," said Manning, who first met Brees in 1998 when he was a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts and Brees was playing nearby at Purdue.
"Obviously, he's just been the ultimate pro, taking care of himself, being in great shape. Credit to him for playing as long as he has at such a high level," Manning continued. "He's just been a great model of consistency, what he and Sean [Payton] have been able to do together for  years now."
Manning retired after the 2015 season with 71,940 career passing yards and 539 touchdown passes -- both all-time NFL marks.
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