Drew Brees is a professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He is a Super Bowl Champion and he was the MVP for Super Bowl XLIV. He used to be the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints.
Player Profile, High School, and College Career
Drew Christopher Brees was born on January 15, 1979, in Dallas, Texas in the United States of America. He was born into a prominent family with a very athletic background.
He played football, basketball, and baseball during high school at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. Later, he started playing college football for Purdue University. He was at Purdue from 1997 to 2000.
While there, he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000.
In the 2001 NFL Draft, Brees was selected by the San Diego Chargers as the first pick in the second round.
He was named the starting quarterback during the 2002 season. Brees remained the starter throughout the 2004 season and was eventually named the NLF Comeback Player of the Year.
While he became a free agent in 2005, he remained the starting quarterback of the team and was ranked 10th best in the league. Brees transferred to the New Orleans Saints in 2006 where he was instrumental in bringing the team to the NFC championships.
In 2008, he was hailed as the AP 2008 Offensive Player of the Year and become the second quarterback in the league to throw over 5,000 yards in a single season. In 2010, the Saints won against the Indianapolis Colts and bagged the Super Bowl XLIV. Brees was named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player.
For the next season, he was voted 9th on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2011.
He made history again when he secured a $100 million contract with the Saints in 2012. Brees ranked 11th in the league and was invited to his seventh Pro Bowl. He was invited to the Pro Bowl again in the following season and ranked 6th on the NFL Top 100 Players.
The 2014 season was very trying for Brees but he was still invited to the Pro Bowl. He was ranked 30th in the league during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In 2016, he led the NFL in passing yards and moved on to the top 16 in the league.
Brees set a then-new record of 72.0 completion percentage and moved on to the top 8 in the NFL rankings. In 2018, he set multiple records and led the league in passer rating and completion percentage.
He continued to play for the Saints through to 2021. He retired in March 2021, 15 years after he started his career.
- Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
Super Bowl MVP (XLIV)
- 2008, 2011 - NFL Offensive Player of the Year
- 2006 - Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
- 2004 - NFL Comeback Player of the Year
- 2006 - First-team All-Pro
- 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018 - Second-team All-Pro
- 2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016–2019 - Pro Bowl
- 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014–2016 - NFL passing yards leader
- 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 - NFL passing touchdowns leader
- 2009, 2018 - NFL passer rating leader
- 2009–2011, 2017–2019 - NFL completion percentage leader
- 2018 - Art Rooney Award
- 2011 - Bart Starr Award
- 2010 - Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year
- 2010 - AP Athlete of the Year
- 2009 - Bert Bell Award
- 2007 - George Halas Award
- 2000 - Maxwell Award
- 1998, 2000 - Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
NFL Career Records
- Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass: 54
- Highest completion percentage in a season: 74.4%
- Highest completion percentage in a game: 96.7%
- Most touchdown passes in a game: 7 (tied)
NFL Career Statistics
- Passing attempts: 10,551
- Passing completions: 7,142
- Completion percentage: 67.7%
- Passing yards: 80,358
As a Coach:
- 2022 - Purdue (Interim assistant coach)