Drew Brees

Drew Brees
Drew Brees

Brees at the Saints' Super Bowl Champions Parade.
No. 9     New Orleans Saints
Personal information
Date of birth: January 15, 1979 (1979-01-15) (age 32)
Place of birth: Austin, Texas
High School: Westlake (Austin, Texas)
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 2001 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2011
TDINT     254-142
Passing yards     38,012
QB Rating     92.3
Stats at NFL.com

Drew Christopher Brees (pronounced /ˈbriːs/;[1] born January 15, 1979) is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue.

Brees has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his career – with the Chargers in 2004 and the Saints in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. He was named the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. He was also selected by voters to appear on the cover of Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 11.[2] Sports Illustrated named him as its 2010 Sportsman of the Year.[3]


High school

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.[4] 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.[5] Westlake went 28-0-1 when Brees started for two seasons and beat Abilene Cooper High School 55-15 in the 1996 title game.[5][6]

College career

Brees graduated from Purdue University with a degree in industrial management.[7] 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. In the game 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. Brees also set 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. To continue his education and improve his ability to pursue reasoned business ventures and opportunities, Brees also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business for NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurship in 2008.

Awards and honors

Professional career

San Diego Chargers

2001 NFL Draft

Brees' college success led to projections that he would be a mid-to-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 system designed for him. 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.[8]

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.[8]

Early career

Brees played in his first professional game on November 4, 2001 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 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 put in jeopardy after San Diego acquired NC State's Philip Rivers. After the trade, it was almost certain Brees' days as the Chargers' starting QB were over. However, Rivers held out nearly all of training camp. Brees therefore remained the starter throughout the 2004 season, where he started every game and led the team to a 12-4 regular season record. 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.


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.

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.

Brees 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.

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

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' shoulder was completely healed and doctors suggested the team not sign him because of the injury.[9] 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.


Brees had a productive first year with the Saints, as 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.[10] Brees then dislocated his left elbow during the first quarter of the Pro Bowl.


The following season Brees passed for 4423 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.


Brees passes the ball during a 2008 away game against the Washington Redskins.

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.[11] 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.[12]

2009 Super Bowl Season

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) 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.

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 would then lose 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,[13] 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.[14][15]

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 191 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The underdog 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.[16] 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.


In 2010, the franchise attempted to better their most successful season in franchise history from 2009, which they began undefeated for 13 consecutive games only to lose their last three games at the end of the season to finish 13–3. In addition, they also attempted to win the NFC South Division title for the third time in history, earn their first second consecutive playoff berth since 1991, and successfully defend their conference and league championships. The Saints qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team with a impressive 11-5 record, but were eliminated in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks, 41-36. Despite the disappointing end to the season, Brees was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl and was voted the No. 9 NFL player of 2011 by his peers. Presented by Jonathan Vilma and Sean Payton.


Drew Brees begins the 2011 season opener against the Super Bowl champs, Green Bay Packers, in a close loss, 42-34. Despite the loss, Brees posted his 7th career 400-plus passing game, with 419 yards, also throwing for 3 Touchdowns and zero interceptions, for a 112.5 passer rating.

In week 2, Drew Brees defeats the Chicago Bears during the Saints's home-opener for the first time in his career as a starting quarterback, with 270 yards, 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions. With his first win over the Bears, Brees has defeated all NFL teams except the Baltimore Ravens. Also of note, with the 79 yard TD pass to Devery Henderson in the 2nd quarter, Brees extended his streak of games with at least one passing TD to 29, which is 1 game behind Dan Marino and 7 behind Brett Favre, who both have 30 and 36 games with at least one TD pass thrown respectively. Johnny Unitas has the all time record with 47 straight games with a TD pass, but Brees streak is the fourth-longest in the NFL since 1950. Brees has not been held without a TD pass since Week 4 of the 2009 season, a 24-10 road win over the New York Jets. He has thrown 62 TD passes during the streak, which does not include four playoff games in which he also threw at least one TD pass. In week 3 against the Houston Texans, Brees threw 3 touchdown passes to extend his streak to 30 games with at least one passing TD, tying Dan Marino. He also completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 370 yards, completing 31 of his 44 passes in a 40-33 home win.

Career statistics

Year Team G-S Passing
Yards Pct. TD Int. Long Sacks-Lost Pass
2001 San Diego 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 .650 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
Totals 137-137 4,822–3,145 35,266 .652 235 132 86 184–1,350  91.7
Postseason 6–6 225–150 1648 .667 13 2 88 10–61  103.7


Brees holds several league and team records in the NFL

National Football League records

Brees in the Who Dat Victory Parade, Canal Street, New Orleans, after the Super Bowl XLIV win
  • Highest completion percentage, season – 70.62% (2009)
  • Highest post-season completion percentage, career - 66.7%
  • Lowest post-season interception percentage, career - 0.70%
  • Most completions in a Super Bowl – 32 (Super Bowl XLIV; tied with Tom Brady)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 4000+ passing yards and 30+ Touchdowns - 3 (tied with Dan Marino)
  • Most games with 20+ completions, season - 16 (2010)
  • Most conecutive games with 20+ completions - 30 : Dec. 6, 2009-Current
  • Most passing completions per game, career - 22.8 comp/game
  • Most passing attempts per game, career - 34.9 att/game
  • Most completions in a playoff game - 39 (at Seattle, 1/8/2011)[17]
  • Most pass attempts in a playoff game with zero interceptions - 60 (at Seattle, 1/8/2011)[17]
  • Most consecutive games with 350+ yards passing - 4 (2011)
  • Most consecutive games with at least 20 completions - 30 [18]

New Orleans Saints franchise records

  • Highest Comp. %, Career (Min. 500 attempts) – 65.7% [19]
  • Highest Comp. %, Season (Min. 14 attempts/game) – 70.62% (2009) [19]
  • Highest YPA, Career (Min. 500 attempts) – 7.56 [19]
  • Highest YPA, Season (Min. 14 attempts/game) – 8.5 (2009) [19]
  • Highest Passer Rating, Career (Min. 500 attempts) – 93.8 [19]
  • Highest Passer Rating, Season (Min. 14 attempts/game) – 109.6 (2009) [19]
  • Most Completions, Season – 448 (2010) [19]
  • Most Completions, Game – 39 vs. Denver, 9/21/2008 [20]
  • Most Consecutive Completions – 19 (12/27/09) [21]
  • Most Pass Attempts, Season – 658 (2010) [19]
  • Most Pass Attempts, Game – 60 (tied with Aaron Brooks) [21]
  • Most Passing Yards, Season – 5069 (2008) [19] (Second highest in NFL history)
  • Most Passing Yards, Game – 510 vs. Cincinnati, 11/19/2006 [21] (seventh highest in NFL history)
  • Most 4000 Yard Passing Seasons – 5 [19]
  • Most Consecutive 4000 Yard Passing Seasons – 5 (2006–10) [19]
  • Most Games w/300+ Yards Passing, Season – 10 (2008) [22]
  • Most Consecutive Games w/300+ Yards Passing – 5 (2006) [22]
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Season – 34 (2008 and 2009) [19]
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Game – 6 (9/13/2009) (tied with Billy Kilmer)
  • Most Touchdown Passes On Opening Day, 6 (2009)
  • Most Touchdown Passes, Career – 178

San Diego Chargers franchise records

  • Highest Comp. %, Season (Min. 14 attempts/game) – 65.5% (2004) [23]
  • Highest Comp. %, Game (Min. 20 attempts) – 88.0% vs. Oakland 10/31/2004 [23]
  • Highest Comp. %, Playoff Game (Min. 10 attempts) – 73.8% vs. NY Jets 1/8/2005 [23]
  • Most Consecutive Attempts, None Intercepted – 194 (Oct. 17 through Dec. 5 2004) [24]

Other notable accomplishments

Personal life

Brees was born in Austin, Texas to Chip and Mina Brees, who named their son after Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson.[26] His 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 Drew Brees's grandfather Ray Akins had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach.[6]

Brees married his college sweetheart, Brittany Dudchenko, in February 2003. They both met and dated while attending Purdue University. He and his wife Brittany purchased and renovated a home in Uptown New Orleans. Brees and his wife Brittany welcomed their first child, a son named Baylen Robert Brees on January 15, 2009, which was also Brees' 30th birthday.[27] Their second son, Bowen Christopher Brees, was born on October 19, 2010.[28] With the news about the Brees adding a new member to their family, Drew also told his Twitter fans they did not have a name for the second baby boy and asked his 283,770 followers for name suggestions that started with the letter B. After a few days and thousands of suggestions they decided to name his baby boy Bowen. His big brother Baylen was 21 months at the time of his birth.

On July 6, 2010, Brees released his first book,[29] entitled Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, co-authored by Chris Fabry and published by Tyndale House.[30] Coming Back Stronger opened at number 3 on the non-fiction bestseller list of The New York Times.[31][32]

Brees was born with a mole on his right cheek. When Brees was 3, his parents considered having the birthmark removed, but doctors said that there was no medical reason to remove it.[33]

Brees' mother, Mina Brees, died on August 7, 2009 at age 59. The death was ruled a suicide.[34] Brees was briefly excused from training camp for a "family matter."[35] In 2006, Brees described their relationship as "nonexistent" ever since he refused to hire her as his agent when he entered the NFL.[36][37] After her death, Brees stated that this quote was three years old and that his relationship with his mother had been improving.[38]

Brees could have gone to Brown University, and said that if he had, he might be in politics right now. His host on a recruiting visit was Sean Morey, a former Pro Bowler for the Arizona Cardinals.[39]

In April 2010, Brees was voted by fans as the cover athlete of EA Sports Madden NFL 11 video game.[40]

On March 30, 2010, Brees became the national spokesperson for AdvoCare International,[41] a multi-level marketing company[42] producing weight management, nutritional supplements, and personal care products.

Brees revealed in an interview with CBS's 60 Minutes, which aired in September, 2010, that he was a top ranking youth tennis player who defeated Andy Roddick in competition. In a final match versus Roddick he was soundly beaten however.

In October 2010, Brees appeared in a video where he gave a strong anti-bullying message in the wake of a series of gay teenage suicides. The text of his speech included "If you think that making fun of someone is harmless, you’re wrong. If you think it’s OK to do because everyone else is doing it, you’re wrong. Bullying has to stop, and it has to start with you."[43]

Charity and volunteer activities

As a result of both his on-field success with the Saints and his extensive charitable activities since arriving in New Orleans, Brees has become (in the words of a 2010 Sports Illustrated profile) "an athlete as adored and appreciated as any in an American city today".[44] 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.[45] Drew and Brittany’s Brees Dream Foundation[dead link] announced a partnership[46][47] 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.

Brees has acquired the nickname "Breesus" among Saints fans.[48][49][50]

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. [51][52][53][54]

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.[55] 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.[56]

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 club, as the 2007 Bacchus Grand Marshal.[57]

Brees again presided as Bacchus during the 2010 parade on February 14, 2010, one week after the Super Bowl during Mardi Gras season.[58]

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.[59][60]

In 2010, as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Brees appeared in a commercial to raise awareness of the spill. Also starring in the commercial were Sandra Bullock, Peyton and Eli Manning, Jack Del Rio, Emeril Lagasse, James Carville, Blake Lively, and John Goodman.

See also


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Steve Smith
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Tom Brady
Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year
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