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'It was an exciting moment’ – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks record-breaking touchdown, partnership to fight childhood obesity

Drew Brees is officially a household name. The New Orleans Saints quarterback broke a 52-year-old record by Johnny Unitas on Sunday when he threw a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game. That record breaking football is now on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Brees joins John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin on “Early Start” this morning live from New Orleans to talk about his big moment on the field. He also shares his experience working with the “Play 60” program, which encourages kid to get out and play in an effort to reduce childhood obesity.

Brees recounts the defining moment of Sunday’s game. “Honestly, things happen so fast in the course of the game, you don’t even have time to think, you just react,” he says.

Brees says it was a play the team had discussed all week long as a guaranteed touchdown if called in the right situation. “As soon as it left my hand, I knew, I knew we’d scored,” he says.

Brees humbly says he isn’t sure the significance of the touchdown has sunk in yet. “Obviously, it was an exciting moment on Sunday to be a part of that, and then obviously to win the game on Sunday night football in the Superdome,” he says. “Just to have been a part of this run and to eclipse the record the way that we did on Sunday was an incredible feeling.”

Brees then describes his work with the Play 60 program, in which the NFL has partnered up with Kinect for Xbox360 for the “60 Million Minutes Challenge.”

“The goal is to recruit 1 million kids to pledge to get active for 60 minutes a day, thus providing 60 million minutes of active play per day, to fight childhood obesity.” Participants can win a social autograph by Brees or other NFL players on their Facebook walks to show family and friends. “It’s an unbelievable program,” he says.

For more information on the challenge, visit the 60 Million Minutes Challenge page.

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