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Former UCF star WR Tre’Quan Smith part of Drew Brees NFL history

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Tre’Quan Smith has an all time story to tell about his first NFL touchdown catch.

With just over 3:00 remaining in the second quarter of the Saints Monday night game with the Redskins, first ballot Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees launched a deep pass down the far sideline of the Superdome. And, waiting under it was the rookie third round pick out of UCF.

And once Tre’Quan Smith had finished racing into the endzone for the score, one of the iconic moments of Brees’ career and NFL history was completed. Brees having broken Peyton Manning’s all time career passing yardage mark of 71,940 on the throw.

The game stopped for over three minutes, as Brees was awarded the football and took it immediately over to Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker for it to be permanently immortalized in Canton, OH.

Brees also spent time briefly with his wife, four children and then embraced his long time New Orleans coach and mentor, Sean Payton.

Officially it was a 62 yard touchdown catch that broke the yardage record. Smith would go onto a second TD catch late in the first half of the 43-19 blowout win over Washington. He finished with 111 yards on just three receptions.

However, most will not remember the score, and an awful lot won’t remember the guy who hauled it in, either. After all, Tre’Quan Smith is a rookie, who in part, was playing significantly Monday night because veteran Ted Ginn was injured and inactive.

Still, it was another great moment for the young player from Delray Beach, who left UCF early after being a part of more history with the Knights 13-0 season, AAC Conference Title, and Peach Bowl win over Auburn a year ago.

Oh, and one more piece of nostalgia from Monday night that unfortunately won’t go to the rookie. As more than one person pointed out on Twitter:

That’s right. You catch the record breaking pass on your first Pro score and the ball goes to someone/somewhere else.

Still, Tre’Quan can take anyone he wants to the Pro Football Hall of Fame to show them where that first NFL TD catch is.

And that’s pretty cool, too.

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