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1. Drew Brees

Drew Brees played the first four years of his career with the San Diego Chargers, but after they drafted Philip Rivers, Brees became expendable.  Brees was also coming off shoulder surgery, and many teams were a little gun shy about signing the former Purdue Boilermaker.  He did, however, have offers, and he signed with the New Orleans Saints before the 2006 season.  That decision turned out to be the best for both parties. 

 

We are entering 2020, and Drew Brees is still the Saints Quarterback, and what he has done for the Saints and the city of New Orleans is impossible to quantify.  He shed any immediate fear about his shoulder in his first year there, with a Pro Bowl and a first place finish in Passing Yards.  These stats were especially impressive considering New Orleans was suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and it was their first year back as they were unable to play in Louisiana during the '05 season. Brees was not just a Saint but was the face of the city and a community leader. 

Since the time he has been a Saint, Brees has always been considered among the top five in NFL Quarterbacks.  In the Big Easy, Brees has been to the Pro Bowl twelve times, has been a First Team All-Pro once, a Second Team All-Pro four times, led the league in Passing Yards seven times and Passing Touchdowns four times.  More importantly, Brees took New Orleans to a win at Super Bowl XLIV, a feat even more impressive considering that the Saints were almost at the point of relocation.   It is not unrealistic to state that had Brees not signed with the Saints, and we might be calling them a completely different team right now. 

As of this writing, Brees is the all-time league-leader in Passing Yards and Touchdowns Passes.  We can’t imagine that any other player will take over the number one spot on this list any time soon.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 3/14/06.
  • Games Played: 216
  • Notable Statistics:

    216 Games Started
    5,742 Passes Completed
    8,352 Passes Attempted
    68.8% Pass Completion Percentage
    65,068 Passing Yards
    467 Passing Touchdowns
    184 Interceptions
    101.3 Passer Rating
    345 Rushing Attempts
    388 Rushing Yards
    19 Rushing Touchdowns
    6 Receptions
    15 Receiving Yards
    216 Approximate Value

  • Played For: New Orleans Saints
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XLIV)
    Bert Bell Award (2009)
    Offensive Player of the Year (2008)
    First Team All-Pro (2006)
    Second Team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2011 & 2018)
    Pro Bowl (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Super Bowl MVP (2009)
    Walter Payton Man of the Year (2006)
    Most Passes Completed (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 Pass Attempts per Game (2007, 2008, 2014, 2015 & 2016)
    Most Passes Completed per Game (2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)
    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Highest QBR (2009 & 2018)

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