Drew Brees was born and raised in Louisiana. As a child, he became a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. It was his love for the sport that led him to play his first five NFL seasons with the Saints. He retired after the 2021 season to pursue a football coaching career, but in the off-season, he has taken up golf again.
Drew Brees was named the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader as he passed for 20 yards or more in a game three times. The first of those games was a Thanksgiving Day tilt against the hated Denver Broncos. The Saints were down on their third quarter and needing a win to stay within a playoff spot in the fierce NFC East division. They had no choice but to throw the ball more than they had to and this led to many embarrassing plays by Drew Brees.
Drew Brees Career
But what has followed those awkward moments has been an amazing career that has encompassed five Super Bowl appearances, two Conference Championship appearances, and one Super Bowl victory. Brees has been named to the Pro Bowl most once and has been voted to the All-Century Team three times. He has been named the NFL’s player of the year twice. He has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks of all time and has not looked back since he entered the NFL. He has surpassed Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterback with the top career completion percentage in NFL history.
Brees was named the starter for the 2021 season, replacing Joe Montana following his trade to the Denver Broncos. What some people failed to realize was that after years of sitting behind an experienced backup, the Saints needed to put a young quarterback in the position and not a seasoned player. They made the decision to go with Brees, knowing that he was still young and had shown an ability to lead a team to great success. He was named the starter for the entire 2021 campaign, throwing for over 3,000 yards and earning himself the fifth-highest total passing yards record in NFL history.
In his first season as the starter, he played brilliantly, guiding the team to a 13-3 regular-season record. However, the Saints were eliminated from the playoffs early in the postseason, paving the way for another exciting Super Bowl appearance by the Atlanta Falcons. Despite their loss in the first round of the playoffs, the Saints knew they had something to prove to the rest of the NFL. Quarterback Drew Brees delivered on that promise, throwing for over 4,000 yards and earning himself a trip to the Hall of Fame game. Brees then set franchise records with the highest passing yards per game (career), total yards per passing attempt (career), and touchdown passes (career). It is truly fitting that the quarterback who helped guide his team to historic accomplishments would be rewarded with a place in the Hall of Fame.
A Much Ado
The Saints have not rested on their laurels and have picked up where they left off in Superbowl XLIV. Quarterback Drew Brees has been named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player, earning himself a trip to Canton, Ohio to be seated alongside the legends that came before him. Brees has proven to everyone that he is one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks follow behind only Joe Montana, Tom Brady, and Manning. While many are expecting a Super Bowl victory in San Francisco, New Orleans has shown that they are a team to be reckoned with in the playoffs, and should be ready to roll in the next few weeks.
Of course, the offense is not the only reason why Drew Brees is a lock for induction into the Hall of Fame set. He is the centerpiece of an offense that features some of the best receivers in the league, along with tight-end Rob Sims. He is also the architect of a defense that allows the team to score more points than any other team in the league. These things only go so far, however, as defenses have been known to shut down some of the best passers in the game. In fact, no team has scored more sacks in a season than the Saints, who are allowing just under 20 points per game.
There is no doubt that Drew Brees deserves to be in the hallowed halls of the NFL’s Ring of Fame, and with the added incentive of a Super Bowl victory right around the corner, there is no question that he belongs among the elite of the elite. There will be many people, including some in the media, making their case for why Brees should be allowed to continue his illustrious career, and rightfully so. But it would be unfair to say that his place in history has already been cast. There is plenty of time, though, for Brees to surpass Superbowl X (or even XL) statistics and reach the milestone of 20 seasons in the NFL.