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Drew Brees

A star at Purdue, Brees was drafted early in the Second Round of the 2001 Draft by the San Diego Chargers, and would take over as the starter in 2002.  A Pro Bowl Selection in 2004, Brees saw the writing on the wall, as San Diego had Philip Rivers waiting in the midst, who they planned to make the starter going forward.  Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006, and what he accomplished as a Saint has been nothing short of spectacular.

Brees became a fixture in the fabric of the city of New Orleans, improving his game under new Head Coach, Sean Payton.  Brees led the NFL in Passing Yards in his first year with the Saints, and he was a First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl Selection.  

Brees emerged as one of the top pivots in the NFL, and his decision making and accuracy had few peers.  He would lead the NFL in Passing Yards six more times, was a four-time leader in Passing Touchdowns and in 2008 and 2011 was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.  Brees would lead the Saints to their first and only Super Bowl win in the 2009 season, where he was the MVP of the big game.  That might have been Brees’ only trip to the Super Bowl, but the Saints were contenders for over a decade, and could have been champions again had a few plays gone a different way.

His humanitarian work in New Orleans became legendary, and it can be argued that Brees’ dedication to the city might have kept the team in Louisiana as there were whispers of the team relocating.  His ascendence and Super Bowl championship after the heels of Hurricane Katrina will never be forgotten in New Orleans, and nor should it ever.  The NFL rewarded him with the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2006.

At the time of his retirement, Brees was first in Pass Completions (7,142), Passing Yards (80,358) and second in Passing Touchdowns (571).

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers
  • College: Purdue
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 32nd Overall in 2001
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Bert Bell Award (2009)
    AP Offensive Player of the Year (2008 & 2011)
    First Team All-Pro (2006)
    Second Team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2011 & 2018)
    Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Walter Payton Man of the Year (2006)
    AP Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
    Super Bowl MVP (LIV)
    Most Pass Completions (2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 & 2017)
    Most Pass Attempts (2007, 2008, 2014 & 2016)
    Most Passing Yards (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (2008, 2009, 2011 & 2012)
    Highest Passer Rating (2009 & 2018)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2016)
    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (2017)
    Most Pass Attempts per Game (2007, 2008, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
    Most Pass Completions per Game (2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)
    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Highest QBR (2009)
    Super Bowl Rings (New Orleans, LIV) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (7) (2004, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 & 2018)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions (14) (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts (13) (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (13) (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (15) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passer Rating (15) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (13) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Attempt (13) (2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Completion (4) (2006, 2008, 2009 & 2012)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts per Game (12) (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions per Game (15) (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (17) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2-19 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: QBR (6) (15) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    1.   Pass Completions: 7,142
    1.   Passing Yards: 80,358
    1.   Pass Completions per Game: 24.9
    2.   Approximate Value: 276
    2.   Passing Touchdowns: 571
    2.   Pass Attempts: 10,551
    2.   Passing Yards per Game: 280.0
    2.   Pass Completion Percentage: 67.7%
    3.   Pass Attempts per Game: 36.8
    5.   Passer Rating: 98.7
    24. Yards per Pass Attempt: 7.6

Should Drew Brees be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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