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Johnny Unitas' son encourages New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to break NFL record in letter

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

1:12 PM EDT, October 2, 2012

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One of the longest surviving streaks in football is the late, great Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas' mark of 47 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass.

Now that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees tied the record against the Green Bay Packers, he's on the verge of breaking Unitas' 52-year-old record established between 1956 and 1960.

And Brees is receiving some encouragement and compliments from Joe Unitas, Unitas' son.

Joe Unitas, whose legendary father passed away in 2002, posted the following letter to Brees on his Facebook page:

Drew, 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 follow 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. 

Sincerely, Joe Unitas

awilson@baltsun.com