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Drew Brees is a former American football quarterback who played 20 seasons for the National Football League.
Key Facts & Information
Early Life and Career
- Drew Brees was born on January 15, 1979, in Dallas, Texas.
- During his high school years at Westlake High in Austin, Texas, he played for the football, basketball, and baseball teams. At one point, he considered making baseball his full-time sport, wanting to take the path of Boston Red Sox legend, Ted Williams. Later on, his football number was inspired by the baseball icon.
- When he played football, Brees’ better performance led the Westlake football team to a perfect 16–0 record and the state championship, earning Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year honor in 1996.
- Despite his credentials, Brees was not actively recruited. Only two schools made scholarship offers: Purdue and Kentucky.
- Brees chose Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
- Brees only appeared in eight games during his freshman year and completed 19 of 43 passes for 232 yards, 0 TDs, and 1 interception.
- For the next three seasons, he was a regular starter for the Purdue Boilermakers.
- As the Boilermaker’s best player, Brees passed for 11,792 yards and 90 touchdowns (TDs). He also rushed for 900 yards and set numerous Big Ten records. In 2000, he received the Maxwell Award as the country’s most outstanding player.
- Brees also led the team to their first Rose Bowl spot in 34 years and finished third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.
- Enter the 2001 National Football League (NFL), the San Diego Chargers selected Brees with the first pick in the second round.
- Brees spent his rookie season backing up for the veteran Doug Flutie and made only one appearance for the Chargers.
- He became the team’s starting quarterback in his second season and led San Diego to an 8–8 record, finishing the season with 3,284 passing yards, 17 TDs, and 16 interceptions (INTs).
- He immediately turned around New Orleans Saints’ record from 3–13 to a 10–6 record in 2006 and a spot in the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game.
- He also set a new league record for a completion percentage of 70.62% in his 2009 pro-bowl season.
- Brees led the Saints to a franchise-best 13–0 start and the franchise’s first Super Bowl XLIV berth in the same year. He completed 32 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, earning him the game’s Most Valuable Player.
- He again led the Saints to the playoffs the following season, lost in the opening round of the postseason.
- From 2014 to 2016, the Saints missed the playoffs but he continued breaking NFL records and is still recognized as one of the top players chosen by fellow footballers.
- His team saw the postseason the following year but lost the second round against the Minnesota Vikings.
- Brees continued leading the team until 2020 and 15 years to the day he signed his first contract with the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees announced his retirement after 20 seasons.
- Brees’ career numbers include 20 seasons, 286 starts in 287 games, 80,358 passing yards, 571 TDs, 243 INTs, 67.7%,13x Pro Bowls, 1x NFL Man of the Year (2006), 7x NFL passing yards leader, 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 4x NFL passing TDs leader, 1x Super Bowl champion (2010), 1x Super Bowl MVP (2010).
“Think about winning the day… if you are worried about the mountain in the distance, you might trip over the molehill right in front of you.” – Drew Brees
- Brees is the third player in NFL history to throw for 40 or more touchdowns twice, joining Dan Marino and Peyton Manning.
- In 2018, he set the NFL standard for all-time pass completions, breaking Brett Favre’s record of 6,300, and surpassed Manning’s record of 71,940 career passing yards.
- In Brees’ nine Pro Bowl selections with New Orleans and San Diego, 16 of his teammates have 27 total Pro Bowl selections in the same seasons.
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