Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/1/11

NEW YORK - JUNE 16: Former NFL Quarterback Dan Marino attends Samsung's 8th Annual Four Seasons Of Hope Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on June 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees once again has Dan Marino's NFL single-season passing record in sight.

Three years ago, he was on the cusp of breaking Marino's 1984 mark of 5,084 yards - only to fall 15 yards short.

"At the time, it was disappointing because we didn't make the playoffs that year," Brees said. "So I thought if we're not going to make the playoffs, let's at least set the record. I mean, let's make this season (memorable) for something.

"And then to fall that short and to miss by 15 yards - are you kidding me? As hard as it is to even sniff that number, we were there, we were right there. It ate at me for a while just because I knew we had the chance to get it."

With five games remaining this season, Brees is on pace to surpass Marino's mark. He leads the NFL with 3,689 yards.

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