Drew Brees

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Drew Brees
Drew Brees at Saints Super Bowl parade 2010-02-09.jpg
Brees at the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV victory parade in downtown New Orleans in February 2010.
No. 9     New Orleans Saints
Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1979-01-15) January 15, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas, U.S.
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Westlake High School, Austin, Texas
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32
Debuted in 2001 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards

NFL Records

  • 71.2% completion percentage, single season (highest ever)
  • Fastest ever to reach 40,000 yards passing in NFL History
  • Fastest ever to reach 50,000 yards passing in NFL History
  • Most 5,000 yard passing seasons (4)
  • NFL record for most consecutive games with a passing Touchdown (54)
  • New Orleans Saints All-time leader (Career Wins, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Attempts, Pass Completions and Passing Yards)
  • Other College Awards and Honors
  • Franchise Records
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
TDINT 363-177
Passing yards 51,081
Passer rating 95.3
Pass attempts 6,799
Completions 4,481
Completion % 65.9
Stats at NFL.com

Drew Christopher Brees (/ˈbrs/;[1] born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Purdue University, and was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college as one of the most-decorated players in Purdue and Big Ten history, establishing 2 NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records and 19 Purdue University records.[2] He remains the Big Ten Conference record-holder in virtually every passing category, including completions (1,026), yards (11,792) and touchdowns (90).[2]

Brees started his career with the San Diego Chargers, earning the starting job in 2002 and making the Pro Bowl in 2004. After injuring his shoulder at the end of the 2005 season, Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints, where he met immediate success, earning seven trips to the Pro Bowl and leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl. Since joining the Saints in 2006, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards and 300-yard games. He was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year.[3]

Early life and high school[edit]

Drew Christopher Brees was born in Austin, Texas, the only child of Eugene Wilson Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth (née Akins; died 2009), an attorney.[4] He was named for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson.[5] His maternal uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-American starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns college football team from 1975 to 1977. Chip Brees played basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team, and his grandfather, Ray Akins, had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach.[6][7]

Brees was selected as Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Westlake High School football team to 16–0 record and state championship.[8] As a high school football player, Brees completed 314 of 490 passes (64.1 percent) for 5,461 yards with 50 touchdowns including, in his senior season, 211 of 333 passes (63.4 percent) for 3,528 yards with 31 touchdowns.[9] Westlake went 28–0–1 when Brees started for two seasons and beat a Dominic Rhodes-led Abilene Cooper 55–15 in the 1996 title game.[6][9][10]

College career[edit]

Brees graduated from Purdue University with a degree in industrial management, and played for the Purdue Boilermakers football team.[11] He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). He led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl, Purdue's first appearance there since 1967, where Purdue lost by ten points to the Washington Huskies. Brees was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback in 1999. He won the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player of 2000 and won the NCAA's Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001. Brees was also fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1999 and third in 2000. He tied an NCAA record with the longest pass ever (99 yards), to receiver Vinny Sutherland against Northwestern on September 25, 1999. As a senior, Brees was named the Academic All-America Player of the Year, the first Purdue player since Bruce Brineman (1989) to earn national academic honors. Brees also was awarded Purdue's Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication.[citation needed]

External video
Video of Brees' 99 yard touchdown pass to Sutherland on YouTube

Notable awards[edit]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Chargers (2001–2005)[edit]

2001 NFL Draft[edit]

Brees' college success led to projections that he would be a mid-late first-round draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, but he slipped due to concerns about his relatively short stature for a professional quarterback (6'0"), a perceived lack of arm strength, and a sense that he had succeeded in college in a spread offense. Ultimately, Brees was the second quarterback selected in the 2001 draft, chosen by the San Diego Chargers as the first pick of the second round.[12]

San Diego originally had the first pick in that draft, but traded it to Atlanta (which used it to draft Michael Vick) in return for the fifth pick of the first round, with which San Diego drafted LaDainian Tomlinson.[12]

Early career[edit]

Brees played in his first professional game on November 4, 2001 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He won the starting job over Doug Flutie during training camp before the start of the 2002 season. Brees started all 16 games for the Chargers during the 2002 season, leading the team to an 8-8 record. After a disappointing start to the 2003 season he was replaced by Flutie. Brees' career with the Chargers was in jeopardy after San Diego acquired NC State's Philip Rivers after the 2004 NFL Draft. After the starting quarterback switch, it was almost certain Brees' days as the Chargers' starting QB were over. However, Rivers held out nearly all of training camp,and Brees remained the starter throughout the 2004 season, where he started 15 games and led the team to a 12-4 regular season record. Brees posted spectacular numbers, completing 65.5% of his passes for 3,159 yards, with 27 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions, giving him a 104.8 passer rating. The Chargers won the AFC West and Brees was selected to the 2004 NFL Pro Bowl. He was named 2004 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.[13]

2005[edit]

Brees became a free agent after the season and was not expected to return to San Diego, which had already committed a large sum of money to Rivers. The team eventually designated Brees a franchise player, giving him a one-year contract that quadrupled his pay to $8 million for 2005. Under the terms of the franchise player contract, Brees was eligible to be traded or sign with another team, but the Chargers would receive two future first round draft choices in return. He was not traded and continued as starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2005 season.[14]

Brees continued his productive play in 2005, as he posted a career high in passing yards with 3,576. Brees also posted an 89.2 rating, 10th best in the NFL. However, in the last game of the 2005 season against the Denver Broncos, Brees tore his labrum while trying to pick up his own fumble after being hit by Broncos safety John Lynch. Denver tackle Gerard Warren hit Brees while he was on the ground, causing the injury. Brees underwent arthroscopic surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder on January 5, 2006. Subsequent reports mentioned additional rotator cuff damage and he also was treated by Dr. Saby Szajowitz to recover and regain muscle movement. He was selected as first alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl team for the 2005 season. He would have played in his second consecutive Pro Bowl due to the injury to starter Carson Palmer, but his own injury dictated that the AFC Pro Bowl roster would have to be filled by second alternate Jake Plummer.[citation needed]

After the season, the Chargers offered Brees a 5-year, $50 million contract that paid $2 million in base salary the first year and the rest heavily based on performance incentives. Brees evaluated the incentive-based offer as a sign of no confidence by the Chargers and promptly demanded the salary a top 5 "franchise" quarterback would receive.

New Orleans Saints (2006–present)[edit]

After the Chargers refused to increase their offer, Brees met with other teams. The New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins were interested. New Orleans made an offer that included $10 million in guaranteed money the first year and a $12 million option the second year. Miami was unsure if Brees's shoulder was completely healed and doctors suggested the team not sign him because of the injury.[15] The Dolphins ended negotiations and traded for Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper instead. Brees signed a 6-year, $60 million deal with the Saints on March 14, 2006.

2006[edit]

Brees had a productive first year with the Saints. The team, under first-year head coach Sean Payton, rebounded from its disastrous 2005 season (when the team was unable to play in New Orleans due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and struggled to a 3–13 record) to finish with a 10–6 regular season record and won the NFC South division title. Brees threw a league-leading 4,418 passing yards, finished third in the league with 26 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions and a 96.2 passer rating. Brees was named starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2007 Pro Bowl. On January 5, 2007, Brees was named first runner-up behind former teammate Tomlinson for league MVP by the Associated Press. Brees and Tomlinson were co-recipients of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

On January 13, 2007, in his first playoff game for New Orleans, Brees was 20–32 in passing attempts with 1 touchdown and no interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints held on to win 27–24, and advanced to the franchise's first NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears. Though he completed 27 of 49 passes for 354 yards against the Chicago Bears, and two touchdowns, Brees committed three costly turnovers, and was penalized for an intentional grounding in the endzone, resulting in a safety, as the Saints lost 39–14.[16] Brees then dislocated his left elbow during the first quarter of the Pro Bowl.

2007[edit]

The following season Brees passed for 4,423 yards and tied a then team record with 28 touchdowns. He also set the NFL record previously held by Rich Gannon for pass completions in a single season with 440. However, the Saints missed the playoffs.

2008[edit]

Brees completing a pass against the Washington Redskins in 2008.

In 2008, the Saints again missed the playoffs but Brees had a strong year statistically, finishing 15 yards short of the NFL record for passing yards thrown in a single season set by Dan Marino in 1984. He finished the season with 5,069 yards and became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season.[17] He passed for 300 yards ten times during the season, tying Rich Gannon's 2002 record. He was named FedEx Air Player of the Week for his performances during weeks 8 and 12 and was named the AP 2008 Offensive Player of the Year.[18]

2009: Super Bowl run[edit]

In the first game of the 2009 season against the Detroit Lions, Brees set a career-high and franchise-tying record with six touchdown passes, (NFL record for opening week, since surpassed) going 26/34 for 358 yards. The next week, Brees led the Saints to a 48–22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing for 311 yards and three touchdown passes. Brees also tied the record for most touchdown passes by the end of week 2 with 9. In week 6 against the 5–0 New York Giants, Brees completed 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards, 4 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 156.8 in a dominant 48–27 victory.

In week 7, Brees led a dramatic comeback victory on the road against the Miami Dolphins, 46–34. The Saints quickly faced a 24–3 deficit in the second quarter, trailing for the first time all season at that point, and failing to score on their first possession as they had in all of their previous contests. Brees had a poor outing, but provided two crucial rushing touchdowns, one just before halftime to narrow the deficit to 24–10, and one in the third quarter to give the Saints their first lead of the game, 37–34.

The next week, Brees threw for 308 yards on 25 of 33 passing along with two touchdowns and one interception in leading the Saints to a 35–27 victory and franchise tying best start at 7–0 against the rival Atlanta Falcons. In week 9, Brees helped guide the team to a 30–20 victory over the Carolina Panthers. This would be Drew's first victory over the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome and gave the Saints their best ever start in franchise history at 8–0. In week 12, Brees led the Saints to an 11–0 record, defeating the New England Patriots 38–17 on Monday Night Football. Drew Brees totaled 371 yards passing, posting a perfect passer rating of 158.3, and is the only person to throw for five touchdowns against a team coached by Bill Belichick. After close victories over the Washington Redskins and Falcons in successive weeks to start 13–0, Brees and the Saints lost their first game of the season to the Dallas Cowboys, 24–17, after DeMarcus Ware caused a Brees fumble in the final seconds, ending a fourth quarter rally. The Saints then lost their last two games, with Brees sitting out the week 17 finale against Carolina. Their 13–3 record secured the #1 seed in the NFC.

Brees' individual statistics led to numerous accolades,[19] including a Pro Bowl selection, the Maxwell Football Club's Bert Bell Award, and runner-up in voting for the AP MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, and All-Pro awards. He finished the season with a completion percentage of 70.62, establishing a new NFL record.[20][21]

In the divisional round of the playoffs, the Saints routed the Arizona Cardinals 45–14 to advance to the NFC Championship, where they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31–28 in overtime. Brees completed 17 of 31 passes for 197 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31–17 in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 pass completions and won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. He threw for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was the first league championship in Saints franchise history.[22] Brees was named the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, both for his winning the Super Bowl and his charitable work towards the reconstruction of New Orleans. On December 17, 2010, he was named AP Male Athlete of the Year.

Brees celebrating the Super Bowl win with his son.

2010[edit]

In 2010, the Saints qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team with an 11-5 record, but were eliminated in the Wild Card round by the Seattle Seahawks (with the Seahawks being the first team in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs with a losing record in a non-strike season), 41-36. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Brees was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl (fourth as a Saint) and was voted the No. 9 NFL player of 2011 by his peers.

2011[edit]

In 2011, Brees broke Dan Marino's 27 year-old record for most passing yards in one season (5,084) in the 15th game of the season (week 16) against the Atlanta Falcons at home in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a TD pass to Darren Sproles. Brees also set a new Saints franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season with 46.

In week 2, Brees defeated the Chicago Bears during the Saints' home-opener for the first time in his career as a starting quarterback. With his first win over the Bears, Brees has defeated all NFL teams except the Baltimore Ravens.

In a home game on December 4 against the Detroit Lions, Brees passed for 342 yards. Brees' performance gave him 4,031 yards on the season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in the first 12 games of a season, and the first quarterback to reach 4 consecutive seasons with 4000+ yards and 30+ TD passes.

In week 15 against the Minnesota Vikings, Brees threw for 412 yards with 5 passing TDs. Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5 touchdowns, 400+ yards, and a completion percentage of 80% in a game.

In week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons, on December 26 at 10:35 pm New Orleans time at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Brees broke Dan Marino's long standing record of passing yards in a year of 5,084 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with just under 3 minutes left in the fourth quarter of the game. Brees needed 305 yards to break the record entering the game and exceeded that mark with 307. He ended the game having thrown for 5,087 total passing yards for the regular season with 1 regular season game remaining. With his second-quarter, 8-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston, Brees extended his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 42 games. Marino congratulated Brees via Twitter after the game, saying "Congrats to @drewbrees. Great job by such a special player." Brees responded by tweeting, "Thanks to @DanMarino for his class and support during this run. It is an honor to attempt to follow the example he set for us all."[23]

In week 17 against the Carolina Panthers, Brees closed out the season by setting 6 NFL records, finishing the year with 468 completions for 5,476 yards, edging Tom Brady of the New England Patriots who also surpassed Marino's record with 5,235 yards. Brees averaged 342.25 yards passing per game, which broke Dan Fouts' record of 320 in a strike-shortened 1982 season.[24][25] (In 2013 Peyton Manning bested Brees' record by only 1 yard, and finished the season with an NFL-record 5,477 passing yards, averaging 342.31 yards per game.)

After defeating the Detroit Lions 45-28 in the NFC Wild Card game, Brees and the Saints lost the NFC Divisional Round Playoff game to the San Francisco 49ers.

2012[edit]

On July 13, the Saints and Brees agreed to a 5-year, $100 million contract. The contract has the largest amount of guaranteed money in NFL history ($60 million). $40 million of the contract will be paid the first year.[26]

Week 5 saw Brees throw a 40-yd TD pass to Devery Henderson against the Chargers. This was his 48th consecutive game with a TD pass. With that TD pass, Brees broke Johnny Unitas' consecutive game streak with at least 1 TD pass which had stood unbroken for more than 52 years. Sean Payton, Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis were granted permission to watch the week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers due to Brees potentially breaking Unitas' record.[27]

In the Week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons, Brees threw 0 TDs and a career high 5 INTs, ending his consecutive game streak with at least 1 touchdown pass at 54.[28] In Week 14, Brees threw for 354 yards, giving him his 7th straight 4,000-yard passing season, surpassing Peyton Manning's record of 6 straight seasons. This was also his 5th straight season with at least 30 TD passes & 4,000 yards passing, also an NFL record. Although Brees finished the 2012 season with 5,177 passing yards and 43 touchdowns, he had the worst defensive support in the NFL which became an NFL record-worst defense and the team finished 7-9 that season, missing the playoffs.

Brees was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl as an injury replacement, replacing Robert Griffin III who suffered an injury.[29]

2013[edit]

In Week 12 Brees passed Warren Moon for 5th place on the career passing yards list. It gave him 49,566 total passing yards. During Week 14, Brees became the fastest player ever to join the 50,000-yard club. He did it in 183 games, passing the 50,000 milestone during a 31-13 Saints win over the Carolina Panthers on December 8. Brees also extended his NFL record to a 6th straight season of at least 30 touchdown passes/4,000 passing yards, his 3rd straight 5,000-yard season, in addition to his NFL-record 8th straight 4,000-yard season.[30] The Saints finished with an 11-5 record, defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisionals.

Career statistics[edit]

Team G-S Passing
Att.-Comp.
Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Sacks-Lost Pass
Rating
2001 San Diego 1–0 27–15 221 .556 1 0 40 2–12  94.8
2002 San Diego 16–16 526–320 3,284 .608 17 16 52 24–180  76.9
2003 San Diego 11–11 356–205 2,108 .576 11 15 68 21–178  67.5
2004 San Diego 15–15 400–262 3,159 .655 27 7 79 18–131 104.8
2005 San Diego 16–16 500–323 3,576 .646 24 15 54 27–223  89.2
2006 New Orleans 16–16 554–356 4,418 .643 26 11 86 18–105  96.2
2007 New Orleans 16–16 652–440 4,423 .675 28 18 58 16–109  89.4
2008 New Orleans 16–16 635–413 5,069 .65 34 17 84 13–92 96.2
2009 New Orleans 15–15 514–363 4,388 .706 34 11 75 20–135 109.6
2010 New Orleans 16-16 658-448 4,620 .681 33 22 80 25–185 90.9
2011 New Orleans 16-16 657-468* 5,476 .712* 46 14 79 24–158 110.6
2012 New Orleans 16-16 670-422[2] 5,177[3] .63[4] 43 19 80 26–190 96.3
2013 New Orleans 16-16 650-446 5,162 .686 39 12 76 37-244 104.7
Totals 2 teams/13 seasons 186-185 6,799-4,481 51,081 .659 363 177 86 271-1,942  95.3
Postseason 11-11 465-306 3,539 .658 24 6 88 18-104  100.5
^* NFL record

Records[edit]

Brees holds numerous NFL records including highest completion percentage in a season (71.2%), most 300+ yard passing games in a season (13), most completions in a season (468) and holds the record for most consecutive games with at least 1 touchdown pass (54), surpassing Johnny Unitas' record of 47 straight games with a touchdown pass, a record which stood for 52 years.[31]

Since joining the Saints, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in: total passing yards four times (three of those over 5,000 yards), three times in completion percentage, once in passer rating, and four times in touchdown passes.[32] Brees is the owner of the 5th most career passing yards all-time, behind only Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and John Elway.[33] Brees has the 4th most career touchdown passes all-time in NFL history.[34]

National Football League records[edit]

  • Most consecutive games with at least 1 TD pass - 54 [31]
  • Highest completion percentage, season – 71.2% (2011)
  • Most Seasons with 5,000+ passing yards - 4 (2008, 2011-2013)
  • Most completions in a season – 468 (2011)
  • Most 400+ completion seasons, career – 6 (2007-2008, 2010-2013)
  • Most consecutive 400+ completion seasons, career – 4 (2010-2013)
  • Most consecutive 350+ completion seasons, career – 8 (2006-2013)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 4,000+ passing yards – 8 (2006-2013)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 4,000+ passing yards and 30+ Touchdowns – 6, 2008-2013
  • Most consecutive seasons with 5,000+ passing yards – 3 (2011-2013)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 5,000+ passing yards and 30+ Touchdowns – 3, 2011-2013
  • Most games with 5+ touchdown passes, career – 8 (tied with Peyton Manning)
  • Most games with 3+ touchdown passes/300+ yards passing - 43 (tied with Peyton Manning)
  • Most games with 5+ touchdown passes and no interceptions, career – 6
  • Most seasons with 70% pass completion rate (minimum 100 attempts per season) - 2 (2009 & 2011)
  • Most games with 30+ completions and 80% pass completion rate, career - 5
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate, career (minimum 20 attempts per game) - 14
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate and no interceptions, career (minimum 20 attempts per game) - 12
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate, season (minimum 20 attempts per game) - 3 (tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre)
  • Most games with more than 70% pass completion rate, season (minimum 20 attempts per game) - 10 (2011)
  • Most games with more than 70% pass completion rate and no interceptions, career (minimum 20 attempts per game) - 39
  • Most games, 250+ yards passing, season - 16 (2011)
  • Most 300+ yard passing games in a season – 13 (2011)
  • Most consecutive 300+ yard passing games – 9 (2011–2012, 2012-2013)
  • Most consecutive 300+ yard passing games (regular season and postseason combined)– 11 (2011-2012)
  • Most passing yards in first half of a regular season game — 346 (11/4/2007 vs. Jaguars)
  • Most games, 350+ yards passing, career - 41
  • Most games, 350+ yards passing, season - 8 (2011)
  • Most consecutive games with 350+ yards passing – 4 (Weeks 3,4,5,6; 2011)
  • Most passing yards in a season in away games - 2,852 (2011)
  • Most consecutive 400+ yard passing games - 2 (postseason games 2012) - tied with several other players
  • Most consecutive games with 450+ yards passing – 2 (postseason games 2012)
  • Most games with 400 yards passing and no interceptions, career - 9 combined (7 regular season, 2 postseason)
  • Most games with 20+ completions, season – 16 (2010-2012)
  • Most consecutive games with 20+ completions – 57 (2009–2013) [35]
  • Most consecutive games with 25+ completions - 11 (11/25/2012-10/06/2013)
  • Most games with 30+ completions, season – 9 (2011)
  • Most games with 30+ completions, career – 39
  • Most games with 30+ completions and no interceptions, career – 19
  • Most games with 39+ completions, career – 4 combined (2 regular season, 2 playoff games)
  • Most passing completions per game, career – 24.09 comp/game
  • Most passing attempts per game, career – 36.55 att/game
  • Most passing attempts per game, postseason- 42.27 att/game
  • Most passing yards per game, career – 274.63 yards/game
  • Most passing completions per game, season – 29.25 comp/game (2011)
  • Most passing completions per game, postseason - 27.82 comp/game
  • Highest post-season completion percentage, career – 65.8%
  • Lowest post-season interception percentage, career – 1.29%
  • Highest average passing yards per game in postseason- 321.73 (11 games)
  • Most completions in a Super Bowl – 32 (Super Bowl XLIV, tied with Tom Brady)[36]
  • Most completions in a playoff game – 40 (at San Francisco, 1/14/2012)
  • Most pass attempts in a playoff game with zero interceptions – 60 (at Seattle, 1/8/2011)[37]
  • Most pass completions in a playoff game with zero interceptions – 39 (at Seattle, 1/8/2011)[37]
  • Most passing yards in a playoff game with zero interceptions – 466 (vs. Detroit, 1/7/2012)
  • Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception during the playoffs – 226 (January 21, 2007 – January 14, 2012)
  • Most Consecutive Playoff Games, 2+ Touchdown Passes - 7 (2006 – 2012) (tied with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana)
  • Most Playoff Games, 400+ yards passing - 3 (2011–12; consecutive)
  • Most Consecutive Playoff Games, 450+ yards passing - 2 (2012)
  • Best Passing Touchdown to Interception ratio in postseason - 4-1 (24 TD Passes - 6 interceptions)
  • Best Completions to Interception ratio in postseason - 51-1 (306 Completions - 6 interceptions)
  • Best Passing Yards to Interception ratio in postseason - 589.83-1 (3,539 Passing Yards - 6 interceptions)
  • Best Passing Touchdown per Game Average, Postseason - 2.182 (24 TD Passes/11 postseason games)
  • Most consecutive postseason games with 30+ pass completions- 4 (2/7/2010–1/14/2012)
  • Fastest player to reach for 40,000 career passing yards-152 GP
  • Fastest player to reach for 50,000 career passing yards-183 GP

New Orleans Saints franchise records[edit]

Career records[edit]

  • Most Career Wins by a Starting Quarterback - 80 (2006-2013)
  • Most Completions, Career - 3,356 (2006-2013)
  • Most Pass Attempts, Career - 4,990 (2006-2013)
  • Highest Comp. %, Career – 67.26% (2006-2013)
  • Most Passing Yards, Career - 38,733 (2006-2013)[38]
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 283 (2006-2013)
  • Highest Yards Per Attempt, Career – 7.76 (2006-2013) [39]
  • Most Yards Per Game, Career - 304.98 (2006-2013) 127 games
  • Highest Passer Rating, Career – 99.0 (2006-2013) [39]
  • Most Career 4th Quarter Comeback Wins - 17 (2006-2013)
  • Most Career Game Winning Drives - 24 (2006-2013)
  • Most 4,000 Yard Passing Seasons – 8 (2006–2013) [39]
  • Most Consecutive 4,000 Yard Passing Seasons – 8 (2006–2013) [39] NFL Record
  • Most Games w/400+ Yards Passing, Career - 10 (2006-2013)
  • Most Games w/300+ Yards Passing, Career - 71 (2006-2013)
  • Most Consecutive Games w/300+ Yards Passing – 9 (2011-2012; 2012-2013) [40] NFL Record
  • Most Consecutive Games with at least 1 TD Pass - 54 (2009–2012) NFL Record
  • Most Consecutive Seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes - 8 (2006–2013)
  • Most Pro Bowl Selections - 7 (2006, 2008-2013) (tied with Willie Roaf)

Season records[edit]

  • Most Wins in a Regular Season by a Starting QB - 13 (2009 and 2011)
  • Most Completions, Season – 468 (2011) [39] NFL Record
  • Most Pass Attempts, Season – 670 (2012) [39]
  • Highest Comp. %, Season – 71.23% (2011) [39] NFL Record
  • Most Games w/300+ Yards Passing, Season – 13 (2011) [40] NFL Record
  • Second most Passing Yards in a single season – 5,476 yards (2011) (Peyton Manning, 5,477, 2013)
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Season – 46 (2011) [39]
  • Most Passing Interceptions - 22 (tied with Aaron Brooks)
  • Highest Yards Per Attempt, Season – 8.5 (2009) [39]
  • Highest Passer Rating, Season – 110.6 (2011) [39]
  • Most Game Winning Drives in a Single Season - 6 (2009)
  • 2nd most passing yards per game, season - 342.25 yards (2011) (Peyton Manning, 342.31, 2013)

Single-game records[edit]

  • Most Completions, Game – 39 (twice) vs. Denver, 9/21/2008 and vs. St. Louis, 12/15/2013 [41]
  • Most Pass Attempts, Game – 60 (tied with Aaron Brooks) [42]
  • Most Consecutive Completions – 19 (twice) vs. Tampa Bay, 12/27/2009 and vs. Dallas, 11/10/2013 [42]
  • Highest Comp. %, Game (Min. 20 attempts) - 88.6% vs. Indianapolis, 10/23/2011
  • Most Passing Yards, Game – 510 vs. Cincinnati, 11/19/2006 [42] (tied for 9th highest in NFL history)
  • Most Touchdown Passes and on Opening Day, Game – 6 vs. Detroit, 9/13/2009 (tied with Billy Kilmer)
  • Highest Yards Per Attempt, Game - 16.1 vs. New England, 11/30/2009
  • Highest Passer Rating, Game - 158.3 vs. New England, 11/30/09 Tied NFL Record

Postseason records[edit]

  • Most Playoff Starts – 10
  • Most Playoff Wins by a Starting Quarterback - 6
  • Most Completions, Playoff Career - 275
  • Most Completions, Playoff Game - 40 at San Francisco, 1/14/2012 NFL Record
  • Most Pass Attempts, Playoff Career - 423
  • Most Pass Attempts, Playoff Game - 63 at San Francisco, 1/14/2012
  • Highest Completion Percentage, Playoff Career - 65.01%
  • Highest Completion Percentage, Playoff Game – 82.05% vs. Indianapolis, 2/7/2010
  • Most Passing Yards, Playoff Career - 3,220
  • Most Passing Yards, Playoff Game - 466 vs. Detroit, 1/7/2012
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Playoff Career - 22
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Playoff Game – 4 at San Francisco, 1/14/2012 (tied with Aaron Brooks)
  • Highest Yards Per Pass Attempt in Playoffs - 7.61
  • Most Yards Per Game Career in Playoffs with Saints - 322 (10 games)
  • Highest Passer Rating, Playoff Game – 131.4 vs. Detroit, 1/7/2012
  • Most Postseason Games w/400+ Yards Passing, Career - 3 (tied with Peyton Manning) NFL Record
  • Most Consecutive Games w/400+ Yards Passing – 2 (2012 postseason)
  • Most Postseason Games w/300+ Yards Passing, Career - 5

San Diego Chargers franchise records[edit]

  • Most Consecutive Attempts, None Intercepted – 194 (Oct. 17 through Dec 5, 2004)

Other notable accomplishments[edit]

  • NFL Record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass. (54)
  • 2nd place with most consecutive uninterrupted games with at least one touchdown pass: (43)
  • First and only quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards in consecutive seasons (2011-2013)
  • First and only quarterback in Saints history to throw for 4,000+ yards in a season (2006-2013)
  • First and only quarterback in Saints history to throw for 40+ TD's in a season (2011)
  • First quarterback in NFL history to pass for 40 or more TD's in consecutive seasons (2011-2012)[43]
  • First quarterback in NFL History to surpass 3,000 passing yards by Week 9. (3,004 yards in 2011)[44]
  • First quarterback in NFL History to surpass 4,000 passing yards in the first 12 games. (4,031 yards in 2011)[45]
  • First quarterback in NFL History to surpass 5,000 passing yards in the first 15 games. (5,087 yards in 2011)
  • First player in NFL history to pass for 5,000 yards in more than one season (2008, 2011-2013)
  • First player in NFL history to complete 70% of passes in more than one season (2009 & 2011)
  • First player in NFL history to pass for 400 completions in more than one season (2007-2008, 2010-2013)
  • Led NFL in passing yards four times (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • Led NFL in touchdown passes four times (2008-2009, 2011-2012)
  • Led NFL in completions three times (2007, 2008, 2011)
  • Led NFL in completion percentage three times (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Led NFL in passer rating in 2009 (109.6)[46]

Personal life[edit]

Brees announcing the Saints' draft pick at the 2010 NFL Draft

Brees married Brittany Dudchenko in February 2003. They met and dated while attending Purdue University. He and his wife purchased and renovated a home in Uptown New Orleans. They have three sons.[47][48][49] Brees maintains his offseason home in San Diego.[50]

Brees became a Christian at age 17 when he was at church with a torn ACL and was wondering who he was and what was his purpose in life. Brees spoke about his faith saying, "I live for God, for the faith that I have in Him. Knowing the sacrifices that Jesus Christ made on the cross for me and feeling like it’s in God’s hands, all I have to do is just give my best, commit the rest to Him. Everything else is taken care of. That takes the weight off anybody’s shoulders. It’s to give you confidence to know that you’ve got somebody looking out for you."[51]

On July 6, 2010, Brees released his first book,[52] entitled Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, co-authored by Chris Fabry and published by Tyndale House.[53] Coming Back Stronger opened at number 3 on the nonfiction bestseller list of The New York Times.[54][55]

Brees' mother, Mina Brees, died on August 7, 2009, aged 59. The death was ruled a suicide.[56] Brees was briefly excused from training camp for a "family matter".[57]

In 2006, Brees had described their relationship as "nonexistent" ever since he had refused to hire her as his agent when he entered the NFL.[58][59] After her death, Brees stated that this quote was three years old and that his relationship with his mother had been improving.[60]

In April 2010, Brees was voted by fans as the cover athlete of EA Sports Madden NFL 11 video game.[61]

On March 30, 2010, Brees became the national spokesperson for AdvoCare International,[62] a multi-level marketing company,[63] which produces weight management, nutritional supplements, and personal care products.

Brees visiting US soldiers in Kuwait. April, 2007.

Brees wears #9 on his uniform in honor of baseball player Ted Williams.[64]

Charity and volunteer activities[edit]

Brees is active in a number of charitable activities. In New Orleans, he has become (in the words of a 2010 Sports Illustrated profile) "an athlete as adored and appreciated as any in an American city today".[65] When Sports Illustrated selected him for the 2010 Sportsman of the Year award, it said the award was "[f]or not only leading the New Orleans Saints to the first Super Bowl title in the franchise's history, but also for helping lead the city of New Orleans' rebirth after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina".[3]

Brees has been involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery.[66] Drew and Brittany’s Brees Dream Foundation announced a partnership[67][68] in 2007 with international children’s charity Operation Kids, to rebuild and restore and recreate academic and athletic facilities, parks and playgrounds, after-school programs, mentoring programs for the intellectually disabled, neighborhood revitalization projects and child care facilities in New Orleans. In addition Drew sponsors the Rebuilding thru Brotherhood program to invite fellow Sigma Chi members to the New Orleans community to build homes with the Habitat for Humanity.

Brees has acquired the nickname "Breesus" among Saints fans.[69][70][71]

Brees visited the Guantanamo Bay detention camp on a USO tour in late June 2009. Following his return, Brees was quoted as stating that Guantanamo captives were being treated ten times better than convicts in U.S. prisons. [72][73][74][75]

In February 2008, Brees signed a promotional deal with Chili's Grill & Bar to promote the chain's new line of hamburgers. The promotion helped raise money for charity.[76] In June 2008, Brees participated in the Pro Sports Team Challenge, a competition for pro athletes to help raise money for charities. The charity Brees played for was Operation Kids.[77]

Drew Brees signs autographs at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on June 29, 2009, along with fellow NFL players Billy Miller and Donnie Edwards.

On February 18, 2007, Brees was honored by the Krewe of Bacchus, a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade organization, as the 2007 Grand Marshall of the Bacchus parade.[78]

Brees presided as Bacchus XLII for the 2010 parade on February 14, 2010, one week after the Super Bowl during Mardi Gras season.[79]

In June 2010, President Obama appointed Brees to be co-chair of the newly renamed President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, along with former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.[80][81]

In October 2010, Brees appeared in an It Gets Better video, where he gave an anti-bullying message.[82]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Johnny Unitas
NFL record for consecutive games
with a Touchdown pass

2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dan Marino
NFL single-season record
for passing yards

2011
Succeeded by
Incumbent