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Drew Brees takes stock of the Saints after their first 3 weeks without him

How do the New Orleans Saints look now that Drew Brees isn’t playing quarterback for them anymore? Who better to know than Brees himself? The future Hall of Famer-turned-media analyst shared his take on NBC Sports’ “Football Night in America” panel when asked by Mike Tirico about his reaction to the Saints’ 2-1 record after they demolished the New England Patriots by a lopsided tally of 28-13.

“Well defensively I feel they’re playing outstanding,” Brees began cheerily, before his tone turned more measured. “Offensively I don’t think they have an identity right now. We know who Alvin Kamara is and we know that the Saints want to establish the run game with Alvin Kamara.”

Their fellow show host Tony Dungy correctly identified Brees’ focus on the Saints offense, which he elaborated on: “Who are they throwing the ball to? What does the passing game look like? There’s a lot of new faces, a lot of young players. Michael Thomas is out, Tre’Quan Smith is out, Emmanuel Sanders no longer there, Jared Cook is no longer there. You’ve got a lot of new players playing with a new quarterback who doesn’t have a lot of experience in this system with them. But today wasn’t pretty just like last week wasn’t pretty.”

And his biggest concern is curiosity, asking whether the team will be able to execute a critical must-pass sequence at the end of a tight game. Winston’s unsteady first couple of starts and a poorly-stocked receiving corps have him feeling anxious.

Winston still hasn’t thrown for even 150 passing yards in a single game, while just one player has gained 100-plus receiving yards through three weeks (Deonte Harris, with 112). But as Brees pointed out, it’s very early — for all of them. As Winston and his teammates get more reps together, and as Thomas and Smith return from their injuries, there’s reason to believe the group continues to improve. Let’s see how much growth they can make in the weeks ahead.

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Drew Brees

American football player

"Brees" redirects here. For the surname, including a list people with the name, see Brees (surname).

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Brees in 2020

Position:Quarterback
Born: (1979-01-15) January 15, 1979 (age 42)
Dallas, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:209 lb (95 kg)
High school:Westlake (Austin, Texas)
College:Purdue (1997–2000)
NFL Draft:2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32
  • Super Bowl champion (XLIV)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XLIV)
  • 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2011)
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2004)
  • First-team All-Pro (2006)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2011, 2018)
  • 13× Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016–2019)
  • 7× NFL passing yards leader (2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014–2016)
  • 4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • 2× NFL passer rating leader (2009, 2018)
  • 6× NFL completion percentage leader (2009–2011, 2017–2019)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2010)
  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year (2010)
  • Bert Bell Award (2009)
  • Art Rooney Award (2018)
  • Bart Starr Award (2011)
  • Maxwell Award (2000)
  • Chicago Tribune Silver Football (2000)
  • 2× Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (1998, 2000)
NFL records
Passing attempts:10,551
Passing completions:7,142
Completion percentage:67.7
Passing yards:80,358
TD–INT:571–243
Passer rating:98.7
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Drew Christopher Brees (;[1] born January 15, 1979) is a former American footballquarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 20 seasons.[2] A member of the New Orleans Saints for most of his career, Brees is the NFL leader in career pass completions and career completion percentage, along with being second in career touchdown passes, career passing yards, and career pass attempts. He also holds the record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, breaking the feat held by Johnny Unitas for 52 years.

Brees played college football at Purdue, where he set the Big Ten Conference records for completions, attempts, and yards. Despite his collegiate success, questions over his height and arm strength caused him to not be selected until the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Brees initially struggled before having a breakout season in 2004, earning him Pro Bowl and Comeback Player of the Year honors. Re-signed to a one-year contract, Brees suffered a potentially career-ending injury the following season, which resulted in the Chargers allowing him to leave in free agency. Joining the Saints, he brought new success to a franchise that had only seven winning seasons, five playoff appearances, and one postseason win during the 39 years prior to his arrival. He led the Saints between 2006 and 2020 to nine playoff runs, seven NFC South titles (including four consecutive from 2017 to 2020), three NFC Championship Game appearances, and the franchise's first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XLIV.[3]

At the conclusion of his 15 seasons in New Orleans, Brees extended his total Pro Bowl selections to 13 and was twice named Offensive Player of the Year. He also led the NFL in passing yards a record seven times and in passing touchdowns a record four times.[a] Although never receiving Most Valuable Player honors during the regular season, he was recognized as the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Brees retired after the 2020 season and joined NBC Sunday Night Football as an analyst.[4]

Early life and high school

Drew Christopher Brees was born on January 15, 1979,[citation needed] in Dallas to Eugene Wilson "Chip" Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth (née Akins; died 2009), an attorney. His grandfather fought in the Battle of Okinawa.[5][6] A Sports Illustrated article stated he was named for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson[7] but in a 2014 interview Brees said this story was "just legend".[8] He has a younger brother, Reid (born 1981). When Brees was seven, his parents divorced and shared custody of the boys, who split their time between both parents' homes. Today, he admits that it was a very tough and challenging life after the divorce; however, Brees and his younger brother, Reid, supported each other and became very close.[9] They have a younger half-sister, Audrey, from their father's remarriage to Amy Hightower, daughter of the late U.S. Representative (D-TX) Jack English Hightower.[10][11]

Both of Brees's parents had athletic backgrounds. His father played basketball at Texas A&M, and his mother was a former all-state athlete in three sports in high school.[12] His maternal uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-American starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns college football team from 1972 to 1975,[11][13] and his maternal grandfather, Ray Akins, had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach, in his three decades at Gregory-Portland High School.[14][15][16] His younger brother, Reid, was an outfielder for the Baylor Bears baseball team, which made the 2005 College World Series; Reid now resides in Colorado, where he works in sales.[13][17]

After moving to the Austin area, Brees did not play tackle football until high school and was on the flag football team at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, where his teammates included actor Ben McKenzie, who was in the same year. In high school, he was a varsity letterman in baseball, basketball, and football,[18] and was considering playing college baseball rather than football.[19] College recruiters quickly ran after Brees blew out his knee in the 11th grade.[9] After overcoming the ACL tear, he was selected as Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Austin Westlake High School football team to a 16–0 record and a state championship.[11][20] 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.[21] When Brees started for two seasons, Westlake went 28–0–1 and beat a Dominic Rhodes-led Abilene Cooper 55–15 in the 1996 title game.[14][21][22] He was given honorable mention in the state high school all-star football team and the USA TodayAll-USA high school football team,[23] alongside former San Diego Chargers teammate and longtime friend LaDainian Tomlinson.[10][24] Brees had hoped to follow in his father's and uncle's footsteps and play for the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies, but was not heavily recruited despite his stellar record.[11][25]

College career

Brees received offers from only two colleges, Purdue and Kentucky, choosing Purdue for its highly rated academics.[12] He graduated in 2001 with a degree in industrial management,[26] and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[27]

After a relatively uneventful freshman season, Brees was given his first start during his sophomore year by Boilermakers head coach Joe Tiller and became an integral part of Tiller and Jim Chaney's unorthodox "basketball on grass" spread offense, serving as offensive captain during his junior and senior years.[28][29] He had the option to make himself available for the 2000 NFL Draft but chose to return for his senior year to complete his studies.[30] In 2000, he led the Boilermakers to memorable last-minute upsets against top-ranked Ohio State[31] and Michigan en route to the Boilermakers' first Big Ten championship (shared with Michigan and Northwestern) since 1967.[32] The Ohio State game was replayed on ESPN Classic and is widely remembered for Brees's four interceptions and 64-yard touchdown pass to Seth Morales with 1:55 remaining to seal a vital 31–27 win, prompting commentator Brent Musburger to exclaim "Holy Toledo!" and a post-game field rush.[33][34][35] Due to head-to-head victories over Michigan and Northwestern, Purdue won the invitation to the 2001 Rose Bowl,[36] 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.[37] He won the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player of 2000[38] and the NCAA's Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001.[39] Brees was also fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1999 and third in 2000.[40] As a senior, Brees became the first Boilermaker since Bruce Brineman in 1989 to earn Academic All-America honors.[41][42][43][44] Additionally, he won Academic All-Big Ten honors a record three times,[45] was initiated into Mortar Board[42] and awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor[46] and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award.[47][48] Brees also was awarded Purdue's Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication.[49]

In his college career, Brees set two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records.[50] He left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792),[18]touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678).[28] He tied an NCAA record with the 99-yard pass to receiver Vinny Sutherland against Northwestern on September 25, 1999, and held the NCAA record for pass attempts in a game (83) for 15 years, until Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday broke it in October 2013.[51][52]

In 2009, Brees was inducted into Purdue's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.[53] The Big Ten Conference's Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year award initiated in 2011 was named in his and Bob Griese's honor.[54] He was named the Big Ten's best quarterback of the 1990s[55] and ranked number 48 on the 2010 documentary Big Ten Icons, featuring the conference's top fifty student-athletes.[56][57][58]

College statistics

Season Team GP Passing
CmpAttPctYdsTDInt
1997Purdue8194344.223201
1998Purdue1336156963.43,9833920
1999Purdue1233755460.83,9092512
2000Purdue1230951260.43,6682612
Total451,0261,67861.111,7929045

Professional career

San Diego Chargers (2001–2005)

2001 NFL Draft

Brees's college success led to projections that he would be a mid–late first-round draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft,[60] but he slipped due to concerns about his relatively short stature for a professional quarterback (6'), a perceived lack of arm strength, and a sense that he had succeeded in college in a spread offense. Brees was the second quarterback selected in the 2001 Draft behind Michael Vick of Virginia Tech. He was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick of the second round (32nd overall).[61] San Diego originally had the first pick in that draft, but traded it to Atlanta (who drafted Vick) in return for the fifth pick of the first round with which San Diego drafted LaDainian Tomlinson.[61]

Early career

See also: 2001 San Diego Chargers season, 2002 San Diego Chargers season, and 2003 San Diego Chargers season

In his rookie season, Brees was the backup quarterback to Doug Flutie, who started all 16 games that season.[62] Brees played in his first professional game on November 4, 2001, against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8. He came into the game to relieve Flutie, who had suffered a concussion.[63] He finished with 221 passing yards and his first career passing touchdown, a 20-yard pass to Freddie Jones.[64] The game against the Chiefs was Brees's lone appearance as a rookie.

On August 19, 2002, he was named the starter for the 2002 season over Doug Flutie.[65] Brees started all 16 games for the Chargers. The season started off well for the Chargers with a 6–1 start, but faded down the stretch with a 2–7 record over the last nine games to finish 8–8.[66] He finished the 2002 season with 3,284 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions.[67]

In Week 4 of the 2003 season, Brees recorded a 21-yard touchdown reception on a pass thrown by LaDainian Tomlinson in the 34–31 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders.[68] After a disappointing 1–7 start to the 2003 season, Brees was replaced by Flutie, though he regained the job by Week 15.[69][70] In 11 games, he finished with 2,108 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.[71]

2004 season

See also: 2004 San Diego Chargers season

Brees's career with the Chargers was in jeopardy after San Diego acquiredNC State'sPhilip Rivers after the 2004 NFL Draft.[72] With a looming quarterback controversy, he performed well through training camp and the preseason, while Rivers held out during training camp, essentially guaranteeing Brees the job to begin the season with Rivers as his backup.[73][74]

Brees remained the starter throughout the 2004 season, where he started 15 games and led the team to a 12–4 regular season record.[75] In Week 8, against the Oakland Raiders, he was 22 of 25 for 281 yards and five touchdowns in the 42–14 victory to earn his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.[76][77] Brees posted spectacular numbers, completing 65.5% of his passes for 3,159 yards, with 27 touchdowns to only seven interceptions, giving him a 104.8 passer rating.[78] The Chargers won the AFC West for the first time in 10 seasons and Brees was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.[79][80] He was named 2004 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.[81] In the Wild Card Round against the New York Jets, Brees had 319 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one interception in the 20–17 overtime loss.[82]

2005 season

See also: 2005 San Diego Chargers season

Brees became a free agent after the 2004 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 to sign with another team, but the Chargers would receive two future first-round draft choices in return. He was not traded and continued as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2005 season.[83]

After a 1–2 start, Brees helped lead a 41–17 victory over the New England Patriots. He was 19 of 24 for 248 passing yards and two touchdowns and earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the effort.[84][85] He posted a career-high in passing yards with 3,576. Brees also posted an 89.2 rating, 10th best in the NFL.[86][87] 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 safetyJohn Lynch.[88] Denver tackle Gerard Warren hit Brees while he was on the ground, causing the injury.[89] Brees underwent arthroscopic surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder on January 5, 2006.[90] Subsequent reports mentioned additional rotator cuff damage and he also was treated by Dr. Saby Szajowitz to recover and regain muscle movement.[91]

After the season, the Chargers offered Brees a five-year, $50 million contract that paid $2 million in base salary the first year and the rest heavily based on performance incentives.[92]

New Orleans Saints (2006–2020)

After the Chargers refused to increase their offer, Brees met with other teams. The New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins were interested in Brees. 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 whether Brees' shoulder was completely healed and doctors suggested the team should not sign him because of the injury.[93][94] The Dolphins ended negotiations and traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead.[95] Brees signed a six-year, $60 million deal with the Saints on March 14, 2006.[96] The Dolphins' decision to not sign Brees was the reason why Nick Saban resigned and left for Alabama.[97]

2006 season

See also: 2006 New Orleans Saints season

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.[98] On November 5, in the 31–14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 314 passing yards and three touchdowns to earn his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.[99][100] On November 19, in a 31–16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, he threw for a career-high 510 passing yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.[101] In Week 14, a 42–17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, he had 384 passing yards and five touchdowns to earn his second NFC Offensive Player of the Week award in 2006.[102][103] Brees threw a league-leading and franchise record 4,418 passing yards, finished third in the league with 26 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions, and had a 96.2 passer rating.[104] Brees was named starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2007 Pro Bowl[105] and was named as a First-team All-Pro.[106] On January 5, 2007, Brees was named first runner-up behind former teammate Tomlinson for league MVP by the Associated Press.[107] Brees and Tomlinson were co-recipients of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.[108]

On January 13, 2007, in his first playoff game for New Orleans, Brees was 20–of–32 in passing attempts with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round at the Louisiana Superdome.[109] 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 in the NFC Championship by a score of 39–14.[110] Brees dislocated his left elbow during the first quarter of the Pro Bowl.[111]

2007 season

See also: 2007 New Orleans Saints season

Brees's second season with the Saints started rough with an 0–4 start, with three losses by the Saints in that stretch by at least 17 points.[112][113][114] However, the Saints started a winning streak after Week 5. In Week 8, a 31–10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, he had 336 passing yards and four touchdowns to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[115][116] After the next game, a 41–24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Saints were back at .500 with a 4–4 record.[117] In Week 15, a 31–24 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, he had 315 passing yards and two touchdowns to earn another NFC Offensive Player of the Week nod in 2007.[118][119] Overall, in the 2007 season, Brees passed for 4,423 yards, topped his own record and tied a then franchise record with 28 touchdowns.[120] He also set the NFL record previously held by Rich Gannon for pass completions in a single season with 440.[121] However, the Saints missed the playoffs with a 7–9 record.[122]

2008 season

See also: 2008 New Orleans Saints season

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.[123] In Week 6, a 34–3 victory over the Oakland Raiders, he was 26 of 30 for 320 yards and three touchdowns to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[124][125] In Week 8, a 37–32 victory over the San Diego Chargers, he had 339 passing yards and three touchdowns to earn another NFC Offensive Player of the Week nod.[126][127] In Week 12, a 51–29 win over the Green Bay Packers, he had 323 passing yards and four touchdowns to earn his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor in 2008.[128][129] 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.[130][131][132]

He passed for 300 yards ten times during the 2008 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.[133] He was named to his third career Pro Bowl for his 2008 season.[134]

Brees started to serve on the executive committee of the National Football League Players Association this season.[135] He remained on the committee through the 2014 season.[136][137]

2009 season: Super Bowl XLIV

See also: 2009 New Orleans Saints season

Brees celebrating the Super Bowl win with his son Baylen

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, going 26 out of 34 for 358 yards. He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Lions.[138][139] The next week, Brees led the Saints to a 48–22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing for 311 yards and three touchdown passes.[140] Brees also tied the record for most touchdown passes by the end of Week 2 with nine touchdowns.[141] In Week 6, against the 5–0 New York Giants, Brees completed 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards, four touchdown passes, and a passer rating of 156.8 in a dominant 48–27 victory to his second NFC Offensive Player of the Week nod of the season.[142][143]

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.[144]

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.[145] In week 9, Brees helped guide the team to a 30–20 victory over the Carolina Panthers. This was Brees's first victory over the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome and gave the Saints their best ever start in franchise history at 8–0.[146] In Week 12, Brees led the Saints to an 11–0 record, defeating the New England Patriots 38–17 on Monday Night Football. Brees totaled 371 yards passing, posting a perfect passer rating of 158.3, and became the first player to throw for five touchdowns against a team coached by Bill Belichick.[147] He earned his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week nod for the 2009 season.[148][149] After close victories over the Washington Redskins and Falcons in successive weeks to start 13–0, Brees and the Saints lost for the first time that season to the Dallas Cowboys, 24–17, after DeMarcus Ware caused a Brees fumble in the final seconds, ending a fourth quarter rally.[150] The Saints lost their last two games, with Brees sitting out the Week 17 finale against the Carolina Panthers.[151] Their 13–3 record secured the #1 seed in the NFC.[152]

Brees's individual statistics led to numerous accolades,[153] 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.[154][155] He finished the season with a completion percentage of 70.62, establishing a new NFL record.[156][157]

In the Divisional Round, Brees recorded 247 passing yards and three touchdowns as the Saints routed the Arizona Cardinals 45–14. In the NFC Championship, The Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31–28 in overtime. Brees completed 17 of 31 passes for 197 yards and three touchdowns.[158] 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 two touchdowns. It was the first league championship in Saints franchise history.[159] 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.[160] On December 17, 2010, he was named AP Male Athlete of the Year. Within four short years after joining the Saints, Brees was more accurate in his throws than any of the Saints' past quarterbacks.[158] Brees and his teammates were welcomed back to New Orleans with a blues band along with thousands of celebrating fans.[158]

2010 season

See also: 2010 New Orleans Saints season

Brees started the 2010 season with 237 yards and one passing touchdown in a 14–9 win over the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of the previous years' NFC Championship.[161] In Week 3, against the Atlanta Falcons, he threw for 365 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 27–24 loss.[162] In Week 11, against the Seattle Seahawks, he threw for a regular season-high 382 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 34–19 victory.[163] In 2010, the Saints qualified for the playoffs with a 11–5 record, but were eliminated in the Wild Card Round by the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 41–36 in the Beast Quake game.[164] Brees finished with 404 passing yards and two passing touchdowns in the loss.[165] Brees was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl-fourth with the Saints.[166] Brees had a less successful season statistically, throwing a career-high 22 interceptions, tying the franchise record held by Aaron Brooks, although he managed to throw 33 touchdowns.[167] He was ranked ninth on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2011 players' list.[168]

2011 season

See also: 2011 New Orleans Saints season § Individual Records Set or Tied

The 2011 season was a record-breaking season for Brees as he led the NFL in completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns, which is known as the "Triple Crown".[169] He 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 touchdown pass to Darren Sproles. Brees also set a new Saints franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season with 46.[170]

In Week 2, during the Saints' home-opener, Brees defeated the Chicago Bears for the first time in his career as a starting quarterback, leaving the Baltimore Ravens as the only remaining NFL team which Brees had never beaten to that point.[171] On October 23, in a 62–7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, he was 31 of 35 for 325 passing yards and five touchdowns.[172] He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Colts.[173] On November 28, a Week 12 49–24 victory over the New York Giants, he had 363 passing yards and four touchdowns to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[174][175] In a home game on December 4 against the Detroit Lions, Brees passed for 342 yards.[176] Brees's 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 four consecutive seasons with 4,000+ yards and 30+ touchdown passes. In week 15, against the Minnesota Vikings, Brees threw for 412 yards with five passing touchdowns. With that game, Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for five touchdowns, 400+ yards, while also maintaining a completion percentage of 80%, in a game.[177][178]

In Week 16, against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Brees broke Dan Marino's longstanding record of passing yards in a single season of 5,084 with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles with just under three minutes left in the fourth quarter of the game. He 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 one game remaining. With his second-quarter, eight-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."[179][180] He earned his third and final NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor for the 2011 season with his performance against the Falcons.[181]

In Week 17, against the Carolina Panthers, Brees closed out the season by setting six 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.[182] Brees averaged 342.25 yards passing per game, which broke Dan Fouts's record of 320.3 in a strike-shortened 1982 season.[183][184] In 2013, Peyton Manning bested Brees's record by one passing yard, and finished the season with an NFL-record 5,477 passing yards, averaging 342.31 yards per game.[185] In the NFC Wild Card Round, Brees passed for 466 yards and three passing touchdowns as the Saints defeated the Detroit Lions by a score of 45–28.[186] However, Brees and the Saints lost in the Divisional Round to the San Francisco 49ers by a score of 36–32 in a back-and-forth contest.[187] In the loss, Brees passed for 462 passing yards, four passing touchdowns, and two interceptions.[188] He was named to his sixth career Pro Bowl.[189] He was ranked as the second-best player in the league by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2012.[190]

2012 season

See also: 2012 New Orleans Saints season

On July 13, the Saints and Brees agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract. The contract included the largest amount of guaranteed money in NFL history, at $60 million. $40 million of the contract was paid the first year.[191]

Brees started the season with 339 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 40–32 loss to the Washington Redskins.[192] In Week 4, he passed for 446 yards and three touchdowns in a 28–27 loss to the Green Bay Packers.[193] In Week 5, Brees threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson against his former team, the San Diego Chargers. This was his 48th consecutive game with a touchdown pass. With that touchdown pass, Brees broke Johnny Unitas's consecutive game streak with at least one touchdown pass, and Unitas' son Joe was present at the Superdome to witness his father's 52-year-old record being broken.[194]Sean Payton, Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis, who were all serving suspensions due to the "Bountygate" scandal, were granted permission to watch the Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers due to Brees potentially breaking Unitas' record.[195] Brees earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 370-yard, four-touchdown, and one-interception effort against the Chargers.[196][197] Without their head coach, the Saints had lost their first four games but ended the losing streak with a 31–24 win over the Chargers.[198]

In the Week 13 game against the Atlanta Falcons, Brees threw no touchdowns and a career-high five interceptions, ending his consecutive game streak with at least one touchdown pass at 54.[199] In Week 14, against the New York Giants, Brees threw for 354 yards, giving him his seventh straight 4,000-yard passing season, surpassing Peyton Manning's record of sixth straight seasons.[200] It was also his fifth straight season with at least 30 touchdown passes and 4,000 yards passing, also an NFL record. Brees managed to finish the 2012 season with 5,177 passing yards and 43 touchdowns despite having the worst defensive support in the NFL, whose 7,042 yards conceded was an all-time NFL record, and the team finished the season with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs.[201][202]

For the seventh time, Brees was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl, this time as an injury replacement for Robert Griffin III.[203][204] He was ranked 11th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2013.[205]

2013 season

See also: 2013 New Orleans Saints season

Brees started the 2013 season with 357 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the 23–17 home victory over the Atlanta Falcons.[206] In Week 4, a 38–17 home victory over the Miami Dolphins, he had 413 passing yards and four touchdowns to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[207][208] In Week 10, a 49–17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, he had 392 passing yards and four touchdowns to earn another NFC Offensive Player of the Week honor.[209][210] In Week 12, Brees passed Warren Moon for fifth on the career passing yards list with 49,566. During Week 14, Brees became the fastest player ever to join the 50,000-yard club and only the fifth player to do so.[211] He did it in 183 games, passing the 50,000 milestone on a pass to Jimmy Graham in the fourth quarter of a 31–13 Saints win over the Carolina Panthers on December 8, in which he threw four touchdowns.[212] In Week 17, a 42–17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he had 381 passing yards and four touchdowns to earn his third NFC Offensive Player of the Week nod for the 2013 season.[213][214] Brees also extended his NFL record to a sixth straight season of at least 30 touchdown passes with 4,000 passing yards, his third straight 5,000-yard season, and his eighth straight 4,000-yard season.[215] For his successful performance in 2013, he was named to his eighth career Pro Bowl.[216] The Saints finished with an 11–5 record and narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional Round, who went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII.[217] He finished ranked sixth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.[218]

2014 season

See also: 2014 New Orleans Saints season

Brees admits that the 2014 season was his "most frustrating".[219] The Saints finished with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs.[220] Brees' 2014 season began with a pair of games lost on game-ending field goals by the other team; in Week 1, the Saints lost 37–34 on the road to the Atlanta Falcons in overtime and in Week 2, in a 26–24 road loss to the Cleveland Browns, he moved into fourth place on the career passing yardage list, ahead of John Elway.[221][222][223] On October 19, in a road game against the Detroit Lions, Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in completion percentage at 66.21%, surpassing Chad Pennington.[224] On November 30, in a Week 13 35–32 road victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he had 257 passing yards and five touchdowns to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week, which was the 20th time in his career he has earned the award over his career in both the AFC with the Chargers and the NFC with the Saints.[225][226] In a Week 15 road game against the Chicago Bears, he extended his streak to an NFL-record seventh straight season with at least 30 touchdown passes and nine straight seasons of 4,000 passing yards. However his streak of 5,000 passing yard seasons ended at three, as he passed for 4,952 yards, which was good enough to tie him with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the most passing yards in the league that season.[227][228] He was named to his seventh consecutive and ninth career Pro Bowl.[229] He was ranked 30th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[230]

2015 season

See also: 2015 New Orleans Saints season

Brees and the Saints started the 2015 season with an 0–3 start with two of the losses being by one possession. On October 4, 2015, in Week 4, his 80-yard touchdown pass to C. J. Spiller on the second play of overtime gave the Saints a 26–20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, and the team's first win of the season.[231] He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his effort against the Cowboys.[232][233] The touchdown gave Brees 400 for his career, making him the fifth player in NFL history to reach the 400 touchdown milestone. Also, he became the fastest player ever to reach 400 touchdowns, doing so in 205 games.[234] Brees also completed his 5,000th pass with a touchdown to tight end Josh Hill.[235][236] It was the quickest regular season overtime win in the history of the NFL at 13 seconds.[237]

On November 1, 2015, Brees tied the NFL record of touchdown passes in a game with seven during a 52–49 Saints win over the New York Giants.[238] In that game, he completed 39-of-50 passes for 505 yards to record his second career game with at least 500 passing yards.[239] He became the second player in NFL history to have multiple 500-yard passing games.[240] He earned NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his historic performance against the New York Giants.[241]

In Week 12, his streak of 45 consecutive games with a touchdown pass ended in a 24–6 loss at Houston.[242] Two weeks later, he surpassed Dan Marino for fourth in career touchdown passes as the Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 24–17.[243] In Week 15, he became the fourth quarterback to reach the 60,000-yard milestone—in 215 games, the fastest ever—and had his 10th straight 4,000-yard season, plus his 94th 300-yard game, but the Detroit Lions won 35–27. This put him first in most 300-yard games as Brees and Manning had been tied at 93 games prior to that game.[244] A week later, his streak was extended to an eighth straight season with at least 30 touchdown passes, plus his 95th 300-yarder, all NFL records, against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[245] With a Week 17 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Brees finished the season with four straight 300-yard games, for a career record total of 96, and a season total 4,870 yards passing, leading the league in passing yards for a record sixth time despite missing one game due to an injury.[246] Despite the accomplishments on the field, the Saints finished with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs.[247] He was ranked 30th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[248]

2016 season

See also: 2016 New Orleans Saints season

In the Saints' 2016 season opener, Brees threw a career-high 98-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks in a narrow 35–34 home loss to the Oakland Raiders. He finished the game 28–of–42 for 423 yards and four touchdown passes. His 400-yard performance tied him with Peyton Manning for the most 400-yard passing games in NFL history.[250] The next week, he passed Dan Marino for third place in career passing yards in a loss to the New York Giants.[251]

On October 16, in Week 6, Brees threw for 465 yards and four touchdown passes with one interception in a 41–38 home win over the Carolina Panthers.[252] With this performance, Brees set an NFL record with the 15th 400-yard passing performance of his career.[253] Brees reached another milestone in the game, becoming the sixth player to record 50,000 passing yards with one team. The other five players are Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts), Brett Favre (Green Bay Packers), Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins), Tom Brady (New England Patriots), and John Elway (Denver Broncos).[250]

In Week 7, Brees became the first player in NFL history with 100 games of 300+ passing yards, in a loss against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23.[254][255]

During Week 16, Brees and Aaron Rodgers tied the NFL record for most seasons with at least 35 touchdown passes with four—a record shared with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.[256][257]

Brees finished the 2016 season leading the league in passing yards with 5,208, the second most of his career and the fifth 5,000-yard season of his career—more than all other 5,000-yard seasons combined (4).[258] He threw for 471 completions, breaking his NFL record of 468 set in 2011, and a career-high 673 attempts.[259] Brees finished third in touchdown passes with 37, the fourth most of his career. He finished second in completion percentage (70.0%),[260] making it the third time he has completed at least 70% of his passes in a season.[b] Despite his performance, for the third straight season, the Saints finished 7–9 and missed the playoffs.[261] He was named to his tenth career Pro Bowl for his 2016 season.[262] He was ranked 16th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[263]

2017 season

See also: 2017 New Orleans Saints season

After starting off the 2017 season with a 29–19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, Brees looked to bounce back in Week 2 against the New England Patriots. In the 36–20 loss, he was 27-of-45 for 356 yards and two touchdowns.[264][265] During Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills, Brees was held to 184 passing yards, but the Saints combined for 298 rushing yards and won 47–10.[266] In Week 13, he passed Peyton Manning for second place in career completions in a 31–21 victory over the Carolina Panthers.[267] On December 19, 2017, Brees was named to his 11th career Pro Bowl.[268] During Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons, Brees became the third player to amass over 70,000 passing yards in a career, doing so in an NFL fastest 248 games.[269] In that game he also earned his 12th straight 4,000-yard season and finished the game with 239 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception as the Saints won 23–13.[270] Brees finished the 2017 season by setting a then-NFL record 72.0 completion percentage.[271] He also led the league in number of completions (386) and yards per pass attempt (8.1), and came in second in passer rating (103.9).[272]

The Saints finished with an 11–5 record, won the NFC South, and returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2013 season.[273] In the Wild Card Round against the Carolina Panthers, he had 376 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the 31–26 victory.[274] In the Divisional Round against the Minnesota Vikings, he had 294 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions in the 29–24 loss.[275][276] He was ranked eighth by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[277]

2018 season

See also: 2018 New Orleans Saints season

On March 13, 2018, Brees signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension with the Saints with $27 million guaranteed.[278]

In Week 1, Brees threw for more than 400 yards for a record 16th time in his career, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won 48–40.[279] In Week 3, against the Atlanta Falcons, Brees broke Brett Favre's record for career pass completions in the second quarter with his 6,301st career completion.[280] In that game, a 43–37 overtime Saints victory, Brees threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns, and also ran for two more scores, including the game-winner in overtime, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[281] In Week 5, on Monday Night Football against the Washington Redskins, Brees surpassed Peyton Manning for the NFL's all-time passing yardage record with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre'Quan Smith late in the second quarter.[282] He went on to complete 26 of 29 passes, setting a then career-high 89.66 single-game completion percentage, for 363 yards and three touchdowns in the 43–19 victory, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks.[283] Following a bye week, Brees finally claimed his first career victory against the Baltimore Ravens with a score of 24–23, making him the third quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 teams, joining Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.[284] During this game, Brees also became the fourth quarterback in NFL history, along with Manning, Favre, and Tom Brady, to reach 500 career touchdown passes when he threw a 1-yard touchdown to Benjamin Watson.[285] After a season-low 120 yards and his first interception of the season in a win over the Minnesota Vikings,[286] Brees logged 346 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions to hand the Rams their first loss of the season in Week 9.[287] In a Week 10 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, Brees passed Brett Favre for second in career passing touchdowns with a 17-yard touchdown to Michael Thomas in a 51–14 victory.[288] Brees was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for his performance during the month of November.[289]

Brees finished the season with 364 completions, 489 attempts, 3,992 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns and five interceptions over 15 games.[290] He sat out the season finale after the Saints had clinched the NFC's #1 seed the week prior.[291] He set an NFL record for completion percentage (74.4%), breaking his previous record (72.0%) set in 2017,[292] and led the league in passer rating (a career high of 115.7). However, with his 3,992 yards, his NFL record streak of 12 consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards came to an end.[293] He led the league with six fourth quarter comebacks and seven game-winning drives.[294]

In the Divisional Round against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Saints started badly, quickly falling into a 14–0 hole, but recovered and scored 20 unanswered points over the final three quarters to win and advance to their first NFC Championship Game since their 2009 Super Bowl winning season. Brees completed 28 of 38 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the win.[295][296] In the NFC Championship, Brees passed for 249 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception as the Saints lost 26–23 in overtime to the Los Angeles Rams following a controversial missed pass interference call on a play that started at the Rams' 13-yard line with 1:49 left in regulation. If called, the penalty could have allowed the Saints to run out most of the clock, due to the Rams having only one timeout remaining, and try a go-ahead field goal that would have likely won the game for New Orleans.[297][298] Brees became the first and only player in NFL history to throw touchdown passes to 15 different players (of which nine were undrafted) in a single season, including the playoffs.[299] He finished second in the MVP voting to Patrick Mahomes.[300] He was ranked as the second best player in the NFL by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2019.[301]

2019 season

See also: 2019 New Orleans Saints season

In the first game of the season, a Monday Night Football match against the Houston Texans, Brees threw for 370 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception as the Saints overcame a slow start to win 30–28.[302] In the Saints' Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams, Brees completed 3 of 5 passes for 38 yards and an interception before an injury to his right hand forced him out of the game. The next day, an MRI revealed that Brees had suffered a torn ligament in the thumb of his right hand, which would require surgery and reportedly cause him to miss six to eight weeks.[303][304] Brees returned in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals, finishing with 373 passing yards, three touchdowns, and an interception as the Saints won 31–9.[305] In Week 11, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the 34–17 win.[306] In Week 12, against the Carolina Panthers, he passed for 311 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in the 34–31 win.[307] In Week 14, against the San Francisco 49ers, Brees completed 29 of 40 passes for 349 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions and scored a one-yard rushing touchdown, but his efforts were in vain as the Saints narrowly lost 48–46.[308] During Week 15 against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, Brees broke former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning's record for most career touchdowns, throwing his 540th to tight endJosh Hill on his career-best 20th straight completion in the third quarter.[309] Brees's record-breaking touchdown pass was his third touchdown pass on the night. He finished the game with four touchdowns and 304 yards as the Saints defeated the Colts by a 34–7 score.[310] In addition, Brees completed 29 of his 30 pass attempts for a career high and NFL single game record 96.7% completion percentage rate, surpassing the previous record (28 out of 29 passes for a 96.6% completion percentage rate) which had been set the previous year by his former Chargers teammate Philip Rivers.[311] In the following week's game against the Tennessee Titans, Brees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns during the 38–28 win. During the game, Brees helped wide receiver Michael Thomas break the single season receptions record formerly held by Marvin Harrison with his 144th catch of the season.[312] In Week 17, against the Carolina Panthers, Brees threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns during the 42–10 win.[313] In the 2019 season, Brees appeared in 11 games and finished with 2,979 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and four interceptions.[314] He finished with a completion percentage of 74.34%, which finished second in NFL history to his record from the previous season.[315]

In the NFC Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings, Brees threw for 208 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 26–20 overtime loss.[316]

2020 season

See also: 2020 New Orleans Saints season

On March 17, 2020, Brees signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension with the Saints.[317]

In the Saints' regular-season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their new quarterback Tom Brady, Brees completed 18 of 30 passes for 160 passing yards and 2 touchdowns, breaking Brett Favre's record for most career pass attempts in the process, as the Saints won by a score of 34–23.[318] In Week 2, against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football, Brees threw for 312 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 34–24 loss.[319] In Week 3, against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, Brees threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns during the 37–30 loss.[320] In Week 5 against the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football, Brees threw for 325 yards, one touchdown, and one interception during the 30–27 overtime win.[321] In Week 9, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football, he passed for 222 yards and four touchdowns in the 38–3 victory.[322] With the win over the Buccaneers, Brees also became the first quarterback to defeat Tom Brady twice in the regular season.

On November 15, 2020, Brees left the Saints’ Week 10 game against the San Francisco 49ers following the first half with a rib injury. Brees completed 8 of 13 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game.[323][324] The next day, it was revealed Brees had suffered multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung from the hits he had taken during the game.[325][326] On November 20, 2020, Brees was placed on injured reserve, thereby ruling him out for at least the following three games.[327][328] After missing four games, Brees was activated on December 19, 2020,[329] for the Saints' Week 15 game against the Kansas City Chiefs and threw for 234 yards, three touchdowns and one interception;[330] during the Saints' 32–29 loss, Brees surpassed former Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback Anthony Calvillo for first place in career passing yards in any professional outdoor gridiron football league.[citation needed] During the Saints' next game against the Minnesota Vikings on Christmas Day, Brees became the first quarterback in history to record 80,000 career passing yards as New Orleans won 52–33 to clinch a fourth straight NFC South title.[331][failed verification] Overall, he finished the 2020 season with 2,942 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 12 games with the Saints finishing with a 12–4 record.[332]

In the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Chicago Bears, Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns during the 21–9 win in what was Brees' final win.[333] In the Divisional Round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in what would be his final game, Brees threw for 134 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions in a 30–20 loss.[334]

On February 6, 2021, the Saints renegotiated Brees' contract, which reduced his salary down to $1.075 million for the upcoming season to save salary cap space.[335] On March 14, 2021, exactly 15 years to the day that Brees signed his first contract with the New Orleans Saints, Brees announced his retirement after 20 seasons.[336] The Saints placed him on their reserve/retired list on June 11, 2021.[337]

NFL career statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GPGSRecordCompAttYardsPctAvgTDIntLngY/GRateAttYdsAvgTDSckSckYFumLost
2001SD100−0152722155.68.21040221.094.82189.0021220
2002SD16168−83205263,28460.86.2171652205.376.9381303.412418020
2003SD11112−92053562,10857.65.9111568191.667.521844.002117853
2004SD151511−42624003,15965.57.927779210.6104.835851.621813172
2005SD16169−73235003,57664.67.2241554223.589.221492.312722385
2006NO161610−63565544,41864.38.0261186276.196.242320.801810583
2007NO16167−94406524,42367.56.8281858276.489.423522.311610994
2008NO16168−84136355,06965.08.0341784316.896.223−10.00139261
2009NO151513−23635144,38870.68.5341175292.5109.622331.5220135106
2010NO161611−54486584,62068.17.0332280288.890.918−3−0.202518592
2011NO161613−34686575,47671.28.3461479342.3110.621864.112415811
2012NO16167−94226705,17763.07.7431980323.696.31550.312619051
2013NO161611−54466505,16268.67.9391276322.6104.735521.533724462
2014NO16167−94566594,95269.27.5331769309.597.027682.512918673
2015NO15157−84286274,87068.37.8321180324.7101.024140.613123552
2016NO16167−94716735,20870.07.7371598325.5101.723200.922718454
2017NO161611−53865364,33472.08.123854270.9103.933120.422014550
2018NO151513−23644893,99274.48.232572266.1115.731220.741712151
2019NO11118−32813782,97974.37.927461270.8116.39−4−0.41128900
2020NO12129−32753902,94270.57.524652245.2106.418−2−0.12138962
Career[272]287286172−1147,14210,55180,35867.77.657124398280.098.74987521.5254202,99111142

Postseason

Year Team Games Passing Rushing Sacks Fumbles
GPGSRecordCompAttYardsPctAvgTDIntLngY/GRateAttYdsAvgTDSckSckYFumLost
2004SD110−1314231973.87.62144319.0101.25173.4021110
2006NO221−1478159758.07.43188298.588.3461.5065133
2009NO333−07210273270.67.28044244.0117.05−4−0.8021510
2010NO110−1396040465.06.72040404.095.4263.001711
2011NO221−17310692868.98.87266464.0110.1540.8053411
2013NO221−1447355960.37.72252279.581.95132.603911
2017NO221−1487367065.89.25380335.0100.8300.0032311
2018NO221−1547855069.27.24243275.095.65−2−0.4042521
2019NO110−1263320878.86.31120208.090.4155.0033111
2020NO221−1477339964.45.53338199.575.1551.000010
Career18189−94817215,36666.77.4371588298.197.140501.3029206139

Career awards and records

Brees has earned several awards in both college and the NFL, including:

Personal life

Brees married his college sweetheart Brittany Dudchenko in February 2003.[338] The couple have four children together; three sons born January 2009,[339] October 2010,[340] and August 2012,[341] and a daughter in August 2014.[342]

Brees moved to New Orleans not long after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.[343] He admits that it was tough moving to a city that was still in shambles from the hurricane; however, he and Brittany immediately fell in love with the culture and "soul" of the city.[343] They purchased and renovated a home in Uptown New Orleans, where they still live.[344] Brees admits in an interview that he thinks his family is now completed especially because three boys and one girl were always the couple's dream.[345] All four children were born in New Orleans and are being raised there.[345] The four priorities in Brees's life are faith, family, football, and philanthropy; otherwise known as the "four F's" by Brees.[9] Brees maintains his offseason home in San Diego.[346]

Brees is a Christian.[347] Brees was raised as a Christian but stated that he became committed at age 17 when he was at church with a torn ACL and was wondering who he was and what his purpose was in life.[10] Brees later faced other trials such as tearing his shoulder in 2005; however, he maintains that these setbacks only strengthened his relationship with God.[9][348]

A birthmark on the right side of his face led to bullying when he was younger.[349]

On July 6, 2010, Brees released his first book,[13] entitled Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, co-authored by Chris Fabry.[350]Coming Back Stronger opened at number 3 on the nonfiction bestseller list of The New York Times.[351][352]

Brees's mother, Mina Brees, died on August 7, 2009, at age 59, from a prescription drug overdose.[9] The death was ruled a suicide.[353] Brees was briefly excused from training camp for a "family matter".[354] In 2006, Brees described their relationship as "nonexistent" ever since he refused to hire his mother as his agent when he entered the NFL, saying that she undercut his dealings with other agents and tried to sell a book about him to Sports Illustrated without his knowledge, and later that year he told her to stop using his picture in TV commercials during her campaign for the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals.[355][356][357] After her death, Brees stated that this quote was three years old and that his relationship with his mother had been improving.[358] In his autobiography, released almost a year later, he wrote that their relationship had been on the mend[359] and that she had been looking forward to meeting his son, her first grandchild.

In April 2010, Brees was voted by fans as the cover athlete of EA SportsMadden NFL 11video game.[360]

Brees wears #9 on his uniform in honor of late baseball player Ted Williams.[361]

Brees is sometimes known by the nicknames "Breesus" by Saints fans[362][363][364] and "Cool Brees", which he acquired during his younger years for his calmness under pressure.[19][365]

On March 30, 2010, Brees became the national spokesperson for AdvoCare International,[366] a multi-level marketing company,[367] which produces weight management, nutritional supplement, and personal care products.

Brees visiting U.S. soldiers in Kuwait, April 2007

Brees owns a variety of restaurant businesses. In May 2015, he purchased a 25% stake in "Walk-On's Bistreaux & Bar", a sports bar that originated in Baton Rouge and is currently expanding their franchising into other Gulf Coast states. In 2019, he opened a Walk-On's restaurant in Midland, Texas.[368] During initial talks with Walk-On's, Brees said that he was interested in bringing over some of the lessons that he had learned as a Jimmy John's franchise owner. He currently owns nine Jimmy John's stores with a tenth under construction as of August 2019[update].[369][370] Carl Buergler, Jimmy John's director of operations, played football at Purdue with Brees.[371]

When Brees broke the NFL record for all-time passing yards, he sent a personalized football and letter to those players that helped him reach the milestone.[372]

Brees utilizes former Major League Baseball player and coach Tom House as his mechanics coach.[373][374]

In 2019, Brees partnered with San Diego Surf Sports to help with the local youth sports scene in the San Diego area.[375]

Brees follows a strict diet, avoiding gluten, dairy, and nuts due to food allergies. He also has a regimented daily exercise routine, focusing on core strength exercises rather than heavy weight training.[376]

Brees is a Republican.[377]

On June 3, 2020, during the George Floyd protests, Brees told Yahoo Finance that he stood by his 2016 opinion that kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful to the flag and to the US.[378][379] Several of his teammates and other professional athletes expressed disappointment and anger at the statement.[379] He apologized early the next day.[378][380]

Charity and volunteer activities

In 2010, Sports Illustrated described Brees as "an athlete as adored and appreciated as any in an American city today".[381] 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". The fact that he and his family lived in New Orleans proper, instead of the suburbs like many players did, further endeared him to fans.[160][344]

Brees Dream Foundation

In 2003, Brees and his wife, Brittany, founded the Brees Dream Foundation to support cancer patients and research in memory of Brittany's aunt who died of cancer. Since Brees' move to New Orleans, the foundation has expanded to provide assistance for Hurricane Katrina rebuilding projects. The foundation continues to fund and support various programs in San Diego, California, where Brees usually spends his offseasons, and West Lafayette, Indiana, where the couple's alma mater, Purdue, is located and where Brees returns to visit yearly.[382]

Brees and his foundation have been heavily involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery.[383] Drew and Brittany's Brees Dream Foundation announced a partnership[384][385] 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 also sponsors the Rebuilding Through Brotherhood program to invite fellow Sigma Chi members to the New Orleans community to build homes with the Habitat for Humanity.[386]

In July 2020, Brees and his wife, Brittany, partnered with Ochsner Health System and donated $5 million through the Brees Dream Foundation to help build numerous healthcare centers throughout Louisiana.[387][388]

To date, the Brees Dream Foundation has donated over $35 million to charitable causes worldwide.[389]

Other activities

Brees has been on multiple USO tours throughout his career. In late June 2009, he visited the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Following his return, Brees was quoted as stating that Guantanamo captives were being treated ten times better than convicts in U.S. prisons.[390][391][392][393]

In February 2008, Brees signed a promotional deal with Chili's Grill & Bar to promote the chain's new line of hamburgers.[394] The promotion helped raise money for charity. In June 2008, Brees participated in the Pro Sports Team Challenge, a competition for professional athletes to help raise money for charities. The charity Brees played for was Operation Kids.[395]

On February 18, 2007, Brees was honored by the Krewe of Bacchus, a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade organization, as the 2007 Grand Marshal of the Bacchus parade.[396] Brees presided as Bacchus XLII for the 2010 parade on February 14, 2010, one week after the Super Bowl during Mardi Gras season.[397]

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.[398][399]

In October 2010, Brees appeared in an It Gets Better video, in which he gave an anti-bullying message in the wake of a series of suicides committed by gay teenagers.[400]

In April 2018, Brees filed a lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler. The lawsuit claims Brees and his wife paid $15 million for investment-grade diamonds that an independent appraiser valued at only $6 million.[401][402] On June 21, 2019, Brees was awarded $6 million in the lawsuit.[403]

In March 2019, Brees partnered with Brandon Landry, co-founder of Walk-On's, launching a new restaurant.[404]

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Drew Brees has valid criticism of Saints offense after it played 'a little sloppy' vs. Washington

This probably won’t surprise anyone, but a lack of efficiency from the New Orleans Saints offense has Drew Brees frowning. The future Hall of Fame quarterback shared his take on the state of the Saints after Sunday’s win over the Washington Football Team.

“It was a little sloppy,” Brees said on NBC Sports’ “Football Night in America” preview show. He continued: “I don’t see just the rhythm and tempo in the passing game that just complements the run game. You (do) get some of these splash plays. And then you get some of these well-timed, well-designed third-down plays, a quick snap before Washington’s ready.”

Brees did praise the focus on getting Alvin Kamara involved as a runner and receiver, and for some creative play designs and calls by Sean Payton. He also commended Jameis Winston for taking advantage of a misaligned Washington defensive back to connect with Deonte Harris on a long touchdown pass.

There are highlight-worthy moments. There are plays that he finds encouraging. But it’s the routine — or lack of routine — plays that give Brees pause.

He finished: “Just the first and second downs, just moving the ball, I haven’t really seen that here these last few weeks.”

It’s a valid criticism. The Saints offense has been averaging 5.27 yards on first downs and 4.78 yards on second downs. Last season they averaged 6.19 yards on first downs and 5.41 yards on second downs. Here are their first-down conversion rates in 2021, with the 2020 numbers in parentheses:

  1. First down: 16.9% (25.2%)
  2. Second down: 35.1% (35.5%)

So Brees is right — the team isn’t playing as well on early downs as it has in the past. The good news is they should see a big uptick in performance once they get four starters back: offensive linemen Erik McCoy and Terron Armstead, as well as wide receivers Michael Thomas and Tre’Quan Smith. They’ll have the bye week to rest up and self-scout so they can hit the ground running in Week 7. Hopefully we’ll all see a more complete picture of the Winston-led offense.

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A Champion's Journey: The Drew Brees Story - New Orleans Saints Football

NFL CAREER – Few players in the era of NFL free agency can rival the impact that Drew Brees has made on the Saints since arriving in 2006 from the San Diego Chargers – leading the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIV and being named the contest's MVP, earning Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors twice, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being named to the Pro Bowl a club record 12 times and shattering league passing records. He ranks among the league's elite quarterbacks, becoming the first player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in 12-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record five 5,000-yard passing seasons. Brees has also set single-season NFL records since joining the Saints in 300-yard passing games (13, 2011), completions (471, 2016) and completion percentage (74.4%, 2018). His streak of 54 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass from 2009-12 shattered a mark that had stood since 1960. After breaking the NFL's all-time completions and passing yardage records in 2018, Brees became the NFL's all-time career passing touchdowns recordholder in 2019, completing 281-of-378 passes (74.3%) for 2,979 yards with 27 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a career-high 116.3 passer rating in 11 starts. Brees finished the regular season ranked first in the National Football League in completion percentage, second in passer rating and fourth in fourth quarter passer rating (110.2). He owns five of the top six completion percentage totals in NFL record books. Also, broke the NFL's single game completion record completing 29 of 30 passes (96.7%). Brees' record as a starter for the Saints is 133-83 (.616) in the regular season and 8-7 in the postseason, easily making him the winningest signal-caller in all-time team annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in a league-record 120 games, including a league-best 16 contests with over 400. Overall, in his 19-year NFL career, he's completed 6,867-of-10,161 passes (67.6%) for 77,416 yards, 547 touchdown passes and a 98.4 passer rating. He's the NFL's all-time record holder in career touchdown passes, completions, yardage, completion percentage and ranks third in passer rating. A pillar of the community, he's also received numerous accolades and awards for taking a leadership role off the field in the Gulf South.

NFL CAREER – Few players in the era of NFL free agency can rival the impact that Drew Brees has made on the Saints since arriving in 2006 from the San Diego Chargers – leading the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIV and being named the contest's MVP, earning Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year honors twice, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being named to the Pro Bowl a club record 12 times and shattering league passing records. He ranks among the league's elite quarterbacks, becoming the first player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in 12-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record five 5,000-yard passing seasons. Brees has also set single-season NFL records since joining the Saints in 300-yard passing games (13, 2011), completions (471, 2016) and completion percentage (74.4%, 2018). His streak of 54 consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass from 2009-12 shattered a mark that had stood since 1960. After breaking the NFL's all-time completions and passing yardage records in 2018, Brees became the NFL's all-time career passing touchdowns recordholder in 2019, completing 281-of-378 passes (74.3%) for 2,979 yards with 27 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a career-high 116.3 passer rating in 11 starts. Brees finished the regular season ranked first in the National Football League in completion percentage, second in passer rating and fourth in fourth quarter passer rating (110.2). He owns five of the top six completion percentage totals in NFL record books. Also, broke the NFL's single game completion record completing 29 of 30 passes (96.7%). Brees' record as a starter for the Saints is 133-83 (.616) in the regular season and 8-7 in the postseason, easily making him the winningest signal-caller in all-time team annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in a league-record 120 games, including a league-best 16 contests with over 400. Overall, in his 19-year NFL career, he's completed 6,867-of-10,161 passes (67.6%) for 77,416 yards, 547 touchdown passes and a 98.4 passer rating. He's the NFL's all-time record holder in career touchdown passes, completions, yardage, completion percentage and ranks third in passer rating. A pillar of the community, he's also received numerous accolades and awards for taking a leadership role off the field in the Gulf South.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed to a contract extension by the Saints, 9/7/16; Agreed to terms with the Saints on a five-year contract, 7/13/12; Designated Exclusive Rights Franchise Player by the Saints, 3/3/12; Signed to a six-year contract with the Saints (UFA-SD), 3/16/06; Re-signed by the San Diego Chargers to a one-year contract as Franchise Player, 3/4/05; Designated Franchise Player by San Diego, 2/22/05; Signed by San Diego to a four-year contract, 8/7/01; Selected by San Diego in the second round (32nd overall) of 2001 NFL Draft.

HONORS2019: Pro Bowl; NFC Offensive Player of the Month (December); Fedex Air Player of the Week (Week 15). 2018: Pro Bowl (starter); Second-team Associated Press and Pro Football Focus All-Pro; PFWA All-NFC; The Sporting News All-Pro; Committee of 101 NFC Offensive Player of the Year; NFC Offensive Player of the Month (November); NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 3 and 5); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 3, 5, 9 and 11); Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. 2017: Pro Bowl; Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year; Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week (Week 11). 2016: Pro Bowl; FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 6, 9 and 12). 2015: Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Year; NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 4 and 8); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 8 and 16); Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week (Week 8). 2014: Pro Bowl; NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 13). 2013: Pro Bowl (captain); PFWA All-NFC; NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 4, 8 and 17); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 4, 8, 10 and 17). 2012: Pro Bowl; NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 5); GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (Week 5); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Week 7). 2011: Pro Bowl; AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year; Sports Illustrated NFL Offensive Player of the Year (Peter King); FedEx Air Player of the Year; Committee of 101 NFC Offensive Player of the Year; Bart Starr Award; Sports Illustrated (Peter King) All-Pro; Second-team AP All-Pro; NFC Offensive Player of the Month (December/January); GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (Week 3); NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 7, 12 and 16); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 12 and 16). 2010: Pro Bowl; Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year; AP Male Athlete of the Year; The Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 2). 2009: Super Bowl XLIV MVP; Pro Bowl starter; The Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year; Maxwell Club Player of the Year; NFL Alumni – Quarterback of the Year; Committee of 101 NFC Offensive Player of the Year; PFWA Good Guy Award; The Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 18); The Sporting News All-Pro; Second-team AP All-Pro; FedEx Air Player of the Year; USA Football All-Fundamentals Team; NFC Offensive Player of the Month (September); NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 1, 6 and 12); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 1, 2 and 6). 2008: Pro Bowl; AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year; FedEx Air Player of the Year; Committee of 101 NFC Offensive Player of the Year; Sports Illustrated (Peter King) All-Pro; The Sporting News All-Pro; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-NFC; Second-team AP All-Pro; NFC Offensive Player of the Month (September); NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 6, 8 and 12); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 8 and 12). 2007:Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award; NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 8 and 14). 2006: Pro Bowl starter; Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (co-winner); AP All-Pro; Maxwell Club Player of the Year; Committee of 101 NFC Offensive Player of the Year; PFWA George Halas Award; Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Pro & All-NFC; The Sporting News All-Pro; USA Today All-Pro; Sports Illustrated (Dr. Z) MVP; NFL FedEx Air Player of the Year; NFC Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 9 and 14); FedEx Air Player of the Week (Weeks 9, 12 and 14); Jim Finks Good Guy Award (cooperation with local media). 2005: AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 4); FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week (Week 9). 2004: Pro Bowl; Comeback Player of the Year (AP, FoxSports.com and Dallas Morning News); Most Improved Player (CBSSportsline.com, Pro Football Weekly and Sports Illustrated); Football Digest and College & Pro Football Newsweekly All-Pro (second-team); AFC Offensive Player of the Week (Week 8); FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week (Weeks 8 and 9).

2019 – Selected by teammates as one of six season-long captains. Played in his club-record 14th season as a Saint, started 11 regular season games and completed 281-of-378 passes (74.3%) for 2,979 yards with 27 touchdowns, four interceptions and a career-high 116.3 passer rating. Became National Football League's all-time leader in career touchdown passes. In addition Brees finished the regular season ranked first in the National Football League in completion percentage, second in passer rating and fourth in fourth quarter passer rating (110.2). Selected to club-record 12th Pro Bowl as a Saint, 13th overall…Vs. Houston, Sept. 9, finished with 370 yards on 32-of-43 passing and two TDs with a 105.8 rating. Brees has now thrown for at least two touchdowns in eight of his 14 openers with the club. In final drive, completed three-of-five passes for 35 yards to put Saints in position for game-winning field goal by Wil Lutz…At Los Angeles Rams, Sept. 15, left in first quarter (right thumb). Finished with 38 yards on three-of-five passing with one interception and a 44.2 rating…Inactive for next five contests after undergoing right thumb surgery…Vs. Arizona, Oct. 27, returned and finished 34-of-43 for 373 yards, three TDs and an interception. Threw for three touchdowns for the first time since November 22, 2018, when he threw four against Atlanta. Brees became first player in NFL history to eclipse 75,000 career passing yards…Vs. Atlanta, Nov. 10, 32-of-45 for 287 yards…At Tampa Bay, Nov.17, completed 28-of-35 passes for 228 yards, three TDs, and a 122.4 rating. Led Saints on five scoring drives resulting in three touchdowns and two field goals…Vs. Carolina, Nov. 24, passed for 311 yards on 30-of-39 passing, adding three TDs, an interception and a 114.4 rating. In New Orleans' final drive, completed six-of-seven passes for 62 yards to put Saints in position for the game-winning field goal by Lutz, his 44th fourth quarter/overtime game-winning drive as a Saint (regular season/postseason)…At Atlanta, Nov. 28, completed 18-of-30 passes for 184 yards and one TD. Joined Brett Favre as only two quarterbacks in NFL history with over 10,000 pass attempts…Vs. San Francisco, Dec. 8, finished 29-of-40 passing for 349 yards. Brees threw for five touchdowns for the 10th time in his career and first time since throwing seven vs. the N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1, 2015. Also rushed for his 19th touchdown as a member of the Saints on a one-yard run in second quarter. Score broke a tie with former Saints signal-caller Archie Manning for the most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in club history…Vs. Indianapolis, Dec. 16, finished with 307 yards and four TDs on 29-of-30 passing (96.7 pct.) and a 148.9 rating. With his third touchdown pass, a five-yard pass to Josh Hill, set a new NFL all-time record for career touchdown passes with 540, passing the record 539 held by Peyton Manning. Threw for at least four touchdowns for the 36th game in his career, also an NFL record, surpassing Manning's 35. Brees got his 16th season with at least 20 touchdown passes. By completing 96.7% of his passes, Brees set a new NFL record for completion percentage in a game (with a minimum of 20 attempts). Brees also finished the game with a career-high and franchise-best 22 consecutive completions…At Tennessee, Dec. 22, completed 27-of-38 passes for 279 yards, three TDs, and a 118.2 rating. Brees led the Saints on six scoring drives resulting in five touchdowns and one field goal. Brees appeared in his 274rd career NFL game, moving past Norm Johnson for sole possession of 23rd place on the NFL's all-time games played list…At Carolina, Dec. 29, started and completed 19-of-30 passes for 253 yards with three TDs, zero interceptions and a 123.3 rating. Finished regular season with 93 career games with at least three touchdown passes tied with Manning for most in NFL history. Recorded his fourth consecutive game with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions and joined Russell Wilson (five games in 2015), Brady (four in 2007) and Aaron Rodgers (four in 2014) as the only players with at least four consecutive games of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in a single season in league annals…In NFC Wild Card vs. Minnesota, 1/5/20, completed 26-of-33 attempts for 208 yards with one TD, one interception and a 90.4 rating. Brees now has 434 career postseason completions, surpassing Ben Roethlisberger (422) for fifth in National Football League record books. Surpassed John Elway (4,964) for sixth in NFL record books with 4,967 career postseason passing yards. 2018 – Selected by teammates as one of six season-long captains. Started first 15 regular season games and completed 364-of-489 passes (74.4%) for 3,992 yards, with 32 touchdowns, only five interceptions and a career-high 115.7 rating. Also carried 31 times for 29 yards with a career-high four touchdowns. Became NFL's all-time leader in completions and passing yardage and surpassed his own single-season league record for completion percentage. In addition to the single-season completion percentage record, ranked first in overall passer rating, first in fourth quarter passer rating (118.9), led the NFL with seven fourth quarter/overtime game-winning drives, ranked second in interception percentage and third in third down passer rating (108.8). Selected to 11th Pro Bowl as a Saint (starter), 12th overall. In two playoff games, completed 54-of-78 attempts for 550 yards with four TDs, two interceptions and a 95.6 rating…Vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 9, played in 250th career game and completed 37-of-45 passes for 439 yards with three TDs and a 129.5 rating…Vs. Cleveland, Sept. 16, started 250th career game and completed 28-of-35 passes for 243 yards and two TDs with a 114.6 rating and carried once for loss of one yard. Engineered six-play, 49-yard drive that ended with a game winning 44-yard field goal…At Atlanta, Sept. 23, completed 39-of-49 passes for 396 yards, two TD passes and two rushing TDs tying his single-game career-high. Became the only player in NFL history to have 350 passing yards, three touchdowns, two rushing TDs and zero interceptions. With his career-high tying 39 completions, Brees surpassed Brett Favre (6,300) and became the NFL's all-time leader in completions…Vs. Washington, Oct. 8, finished with 363 yards, becoming the NFL's all-time leading passer with 72,103 yards. Surpassed Peyton Manning and moved into first all-time in passing yardage with his second quarter 62-yard TD pass to Tre'Quan Smith. Started game a perfect eight-of-eight passing and finished 26-of-29 for 363 yards, three TDs and a 153.2 rating. Finished with career-high 89.7 completion percentage. It was the highest completion percentage ever on Monday Night Football, surpassing Rich Gannon's 89.5 completion percentage on November 11, 2002. It was the ninth-best completion percentage all-time (minimum 20 attempts) in a regular season contest…At Baltimore, Oct. 21, completed 22-of-30 passes for a total of 212 yards and a 114.9 rating. With a one-yard TD pass to Benjamin Watson, Brees (500) joined Manning, Favre, and Tom Brady with 500 career TDs. Brees became one of three QBs to have beaten all 32 NFL teams, joining Favre and Manning…Vs. Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 4, started and finished 25-of-36 passing for 346 yards, his fourth 300-yard passing game of the season with four TDs and a 137.0 passer rating. It was his first four-touchdown game since Dec. 18, 2016 at Arizona…At Cincinnati, Nov. 11, completed 22-of-25 passes for 265 yards and four total touchdowns, including one rushing TD. Brees ended the contest with 509 career touchdown passes, surpassing Favre for second place all-time in NFL records. Recorded 150th career regular season win as starter…Vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 18, became the first Saint to play in 200 games for club as he completed 22-of-30 passes for a total of 363 yards, four touchdowns and a 153.2 rating. Brees has thrown for at least 25 touchdown passes in 12 seasons, third-most in the NFL. Brees also has 114 300-yard games and 61 350-yard games. Now has 23 career games with four TD passes and zero interceptions, two in 2018, surpassing Brady (22) for the most in NFL history…Vs. Atlanta, Nov. 22 completed 15-of-22 passes for 171 yards, four TDs and a 111.9 rating. Five-yard TD pass to Keith Kirkwood made the undrafted rookie the 51st Saint to record a touchdown catch from Brees. Also tied an NFL record by throwing a TD pass to 13 different players in 2018 in the regular season, tying Matt Ryan (2016)…At Dallas, Nov. 29, completed 18-28 passes for a total of 127 yards, and a TD. Became only player with ten 30-touchdown seasons, surpassing Favre and Manning…At Tampa Bay, Dec. 9, completed 24-of-31 passes for 201 yards and one TD with a 90.9 rating. Engineered his 37th fourth quarter game-winning drive since 2006, completing four-of-four passes for 28 yards, with his one-yard QB sneak, giving New Orleans a 28-14 lead. His career-high fourth rushing touchdown of 2018…At Carolina, Dec. 17, completed 23-of-35 passes for 203 yards. Engineered sixth fourth quarter/overtime game-winning drive of 2018…Vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 23, completed 27-of-39 passes for a total of 326 yards, one TD and a 103.2 rating. It was Brees' NFL-best seventh and the third consecutive game in 2018 where he engineered a fourth quarter/overtime game-winning drive. After New Orleans got the ball back with 4:06 left in the fourth quarter and trailing 28-24, Brees completed six-of-ten passes for 52 yards, including the two-yard scoring pass to Michael Thomas…In NFC Divisional playoff vs. Philadelphia, 1/13/19, started and finished 28-of-38 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception…In NFC Championship vs. Los Angeles Rams, 1/20/19, started and finished 26-of-40 for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, carrying twice for -2 yards. Brees' two TD passes gave him 33 career postseason touchdowns, surpassing Dan Marino for sole possession of sixth all-time. With touchdowns to Garrett Griffin and Taysom Hill, Brees threw a touchdown to nine different undrafted free agents in 2018, including the playoffs, the most in the common draft era (since 1967). Brees connected with 15 players for touchdowns in 2019 the most in NFL history (regular season and postseason combined). 2017 – Selected by teammates as one of six season-long captains. One of only 12 QBs to open all 16 contests, and completed 386-of-536 passes (72.0%) for 4,334 yards, with 23 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 103.9 rating. Carried 33 times for 12 yards with two touchdowns. Set NFL single-season completion percentage record. In addition to completion percentage record, first in NFL in completions, second in passer rating, third in fourth quarter passer rating (117.6) and fourth in passing yardage. Named to tenth Pro Bowl In two playoff games, completed 48-of-73 for 670 yards with five TDs, three interceptions and a 100.8 rating…In opener at Minnesota, Sept. 11, completed 27-of-37 passes for 291 yards, a TD and a 104.7 rating…Vs. New England, Sept. 17, completed 27-of-45 passes for 356 yards with two TDs…Vs. Carolina, Sept. 24, completed 22-of-29 passes (75.9%) for 220 yards with three TDs and a 131.4 rating…At Miami in London's Wembley Stadium, Oct. 1, completed 29-of-41 passes for 268 yards with two TDs and a 104.5 rating. Started without an interception for the first four games of a season for the first time in career…At Green Bay, Oct. 22, completed 27-of-38 passes for 331 yards with a TD and two interceptions, his 500th career TD pass in the regular season (476) and postseason (24) combined. With seven straight contests of 300+ passing yards vs. Packers, became only player in NFL history to do so against a specific opponent…Scored one-yard TD on a QB sneak. With New Orleans trailing 17-16 early in fourth quarter, led Saints on a nine-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 44-yard Lutz field goal…At Chicago, Oct. 29, completed 23-of-28 passes (82.1%) for 299 yards, and a 111.2 rating. Joined Favre and Manning as third player in NFL history with 6,000 completions, becoming fastest player to reach 6,000 in his 240th game, beating Manning (259) by 19…Vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 5, completed 22-of-27 passes (81.9%) for 263 yards with with two TDs, zero interceptions and a 131.9 rating…At Buffalo, Nov. 12, completed 18-of-25 passes (72.0%) for 184 yards. Carried twice for six yards, including a seven-yard TD…Vs. Washington, Nov. 19, completed 29-of-41 passes (70.7%) for season-high 385 yards with two TDs and a 106.2 rating. Recorded his 400th career TD as a Saint as he joined the company of Manning (Indianapolis), Favre (Green Bay), Brady (New England) and Dan Marino (Miami) as fifth QB to have 400 TD passes with a single team. In final two series' of regulation, he helped the offense produce 15 points, completed 11-of-11 passes for 164 yards with both his TD throws. Carried once for two yards for a first down…Vs. Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 26, completed 22-of-32 passes for 246 yards with a TD, carrying once for five yards and recording a 101.8 rating. Completing first eight passes, tied own prior club record of 19 consecutive completions, carrying over from Washington contest…Vs. Carolina, Dec. 3, completed 25-of-34 passes for 269 yards with a TD and a 106.1 rating. Surpassed Manning to move into second place in NFL records in completions…At Atlanta, Dec. 7, completed 26-of-35 passes for 271 yards with two TDs, an interception and a 103.4 rating…Vs. New York Jets, Dec. 17, completed 26-of-36 passes (72.2%) for 281 yards with two TDs, one interception and a 102.2 rating. Marked sixth straight game of at least a 100.0 passer rating, the third such stretch in his 17-year career, all with Saints…Vs. Atlanta, Dec. 24, completed 21-of-28 passes for 239 yards with a TD and one interception as New Orleans clinched a postseason berth. Became third player in NFL records with 70,000 yards passing on 12-yard completion to Mark Ingram, joining Favre and Manning. Topped 4,000 passing yards for NFL-record 12th consecutive season and 12th overall, second to Manning (14)…In regular season finale at Tampa Bay, Dec. 31, completed 22-of-30 (73.3%) passes for 245 yards with one TD and a 108.3 passer rating, as he finished the season with an NFL-record 72.0 completion percentage…In NFC Wild Card vs. Carolina, 1/7/18, completed 23-of-33 passes for 376 yards with two TDs, including an 80-yard TD completion to Ted Ginn Jr., the Saints' longest offensive play of 2017 (regular season and postseason), one interception and a 115.2 rating. The fourth-highest postseason passing yardage total of his career…In NFC Divisional Playoff at Minnesota, 1/14/18, completed 25-of-40 passes for 294 yards, three TDs and two interceptions and carried twice for one yard. 2016 – Selected by teammates as one of five season-long captains. Started all 16 games, one of only 14 NFL signal-callers to open every contest, and completed 471-of-673 passes (70.0%) for 5,208 yards, with 37 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a 101.7 rating. Reached 5,000 passing yards for NFL-record fifth time while his yardage total was the second-highest in his career and the fourth-highest all-time. Set NFL single-season record for completions (471) and led or tied for eague lead in passing yardage for a league-record seventh time. Ranked first in the NFL in completions, passing yardage and attempts, second in completion percentage, third in touchdown passes and fifth in passer rating and third-down passer rating (107.9) Named to club-record ninth Pro Bowl as Saint…In opener vs. Raiders, Sept. 11, completed 28-of-42 passes for 423 yards, NFL's highest kickoff weekend yardage total, four TDs and a 131.3 rating. 98-yard TD to Brandin Cooks was longest career completion and the longest offensive play in team records. After not throwing an interception, improved streak to 251 consecutive attempts without a pick vs. Raiders, surpassing Brady (226 vs. Pittsburgh) for longest streak without a pick against an opponent by an active signal-caller…At New York Giants, Sept. 18, completed 29-of-44 passes for 263 yards with a TD. Sixth consecutive game without an interception, tying club record (Aaron Brooks, Nov. 23-Dec. 28, 2003). Surpassed previous career-best streak of 232 consecutive attempts without an interception (2011). Surpassed Marino to move into third-place all-time on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list…Vs. Atlanta, Sept. 26, completed 36-of-54 passes for 376 yards with three TDs and one interception. With his first quarter TD to Coby Fleener, surpassed 25,000 career passing yards at the Mercedes Benz Superdome with Brees' yardage total in a specific stadium, exceeded by Brady (Gillette Stadium-27,097), John Elway (Mile High Stadium-27,889) and Favre (Lambeau Field-28,240). Streak of consecutive attempts without an interception ended at 305 with pick by LB Deion Jones, fourth all-time in NFL records behind Brady (358), Alex Smith (312) and Bernie Kosar (308)…Vs. Carolina, Oct. 16, completed 34-of-49 passes for 465 yards with four TDs, one interception and a 118.2 rating. 465 passing yards, the NFL-record 15th career performance of at least 400 yards passing, was the third-highest total in club history and of career. Also reached 50,289 passing yards over Saints career, joining Elway, Favre, Marino, Brady and Manning as the only players to throw for at least 50,000 yards with one team. In second quarter, connected with Cooks on a 87-yard TD, the sixth-longest passing play in team history, giving him the most TD passes of 70-yards or more.  In fourth quarter game-winning drive, completed eight-of-nine passes for 46 yards…At Kansas City, Oct. 23, completed 37-of-48 passes (77.1%) for 367 yards with three TDs, an interception and a 110.3 rating, becoming first player in NFL history to have 100 300-yard passing games…Vs. Seattle, Oct. 30, completed 27-of-35 passes (77.1%) for 265 yards with a two-yard TD and a 107.4 rating. Also scored a one-yard TD on a quarterback sneak. With New Orleans trailing 17-16, led the Saints on a nine-play, 71-yard drive that ended with the touchdown to Cooks…At San Francisco, Nov. 6, completed 28-of-39 passes (71.8%) for 323 yards with three TDs, zero interceptions and a 122.1 rating. 55th career contest with 300 or more passing yards and three or more TDs, most in league history. 30th career game with at least 300 passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions…Vs. Denver, Nov. 13, completed 21-of-29 passes for 303 yards with three TDs, two interceptions and a 111.7 rating, also rushing two times for nine yards and recording a miscellaneous tackle. With his third quarter three-yard TD connection with Willie Snead IV, reached 450 touchdowns for his career, joining Manning (539) and Favre (508) as the only players in NFL history with at least 450 scoring throws…At Carolina, Nov. 17, completed 35-of-44 passes (79.6%) for 285 yards, two TDs and an interception. Rushed twice for zero yards…Vs. Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 27, completed 28-of-36 passes (77.8%) for 310 yards with four TDs and a 139.6 rating. Also had a one-yard touchdown on a quarterback sneak…Vs. Detroit, Dec. 4, completed 31-of-44 passes for 326 yards with three interceptions, his first home game without throwing a touchdown since Oct. 4, 2009 vs. the New York Jets, snapping an NFL-record 60-game streak…At Tampa Bay, Dec. 11, completed 25-of-41 passes for 257 yards and three interceptions and gained two yards on a quarterback keeper. On a nine-yard completion to Brandon Coleman in the second quarter, eclipsed 4,000 passing yards for the season, making 2016 his NFL-record 11th straight 4,000 yard passing season and 11th overall…At Arizona, Dec. 18, completed 37-of-48 passes (77.1%) for 389 yards, four TDs and a 127.9 rating. Recorded his 100th regular season victory as a Saint…Vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 24, completed 23-of-34 passes for 299 yards with a TD and a 104.9 rating…In finale at Atlanta, 1/1/17, completed 29-of-50 passes for 350 yards, two TDs and one interception. 2015 – Selected by his teammates as one of six season-long captains. Started 15 games and completed 428-of-627 passes (68.3%) for 4,870 yards, 32 touchdowns and a 101.0 rating. Despite missing Week Three at Carolina (shoulder), captured league's passing title for an NFL-record sixth time. Completions (428) and completion percentage (68.3) totals were second-best across the NFL, while his 32 touchdowns and 36 completions of 25-or-more yards were tied for the fourth-highest total…In opener at Arizona, Sept. 13, completed 30-of-48 passes for 355 yards, with one TD and an interception. Coleman became 50th player to catch a TD from Brees in regular season…Vs. Tampa Bay, Sept. 20, completed 24-of-38 for 255 yards with a TD and an interception. Recorded 4,968th career completion, breaking a tie with Marino to take sole possession of third place on NFL all-time list…Inactive at Carolina (shoulder), Sept. 27, missing first NFL contest due to an injury…Returned to the field vs. Dallas, Oct. 4, and completed 33-of-41 attempts (80.5%) for 359 yards, two TDs and a 119.4 rating. Connected with C.J. Spiller for an 80-yard game-winning TD in overtime, his 400th career TD pass and first career overtime scoring throw. Became the fifth QB to reach the milestone; he did so in his 205th career game, making him the fastest player to reach 400 (Manning, 209). With first quarter TD pass to Hill, became the third player in NFL history to reach 5,000 career completions. Completed 15 consecutive first half passes. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15, completed 30-of-39 passes (76.9%) for 312 yards with one TD and a 108.1 passer rating…Vs. New York Giants, Nov. 1, appeared in his 150th game as a Saint. Completed 39-of-50 passes (78.0%) for 505 yards with a club-record seven TDs, two interceptions and a 131.7 rating. Yardage total was the second-highest total of career and second in team records. TD pass total tied NFL single-game record with seven other players. Tied career-high for completions. Threw for career-high 162 yards in first quarter. Completed 18 consecutive passes from first through third quarters. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8, completed 28-of-39 passes for 387 yards with three TDs, an interception and a 118.2 rating. Carried three times for -1 yards with a one-yard TD. With three TD passes, marked ten over his last two games, tying a career-high for the most after a two-game span. Joined Y.A. Title and Nick Foles as the third signal-caller to throw at least three TDs following a contest in when threw seven…Completed 25-of-44 passes for 228 yards and an interception at Houston, Nov. 29. Consecutive games streak with at least a TD pass ended at 45 games, fifth-longest in NFL history…At Tampa Bay, completed 31-of-41 passes for 312 yards with two TDs, zero interceptions and a 113.1 passer rating. Moved past Marino into fourth place in TD passes…Completed 34-of-52 passes for 341 yards with three TDs and rushed once for 11 yards for a 103.1 rating vs. Detroit, Dec. 21. Became the fourth player in NFL records with 60,000 yards passing. Surpassed Manning to move into sole possession of first all-time with 94 300-yard passing games. Surpassed Marino to move into fourth all-time for multiple touchdown pass games (128)…Vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 27, completed 25-of-36 passes for 412 yards with three TDs, zero interceptions and a 135.4 rating. With his 13th career 400-yard passing game, moved into a tie with Marino for second all-time. With two first quarter TDs, he recorded the ninth multi-TD first quarter of his career. Also marked his 49th career game of at least 350 passing yards - the most in NFL history…In finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, completed 32-of-42 passes for 323 yards with one TD, zero interceptions and a 105.6 rating. 2014 – Selected by his teammates as one of six season-long team captains and started all 16 games for fifth consecutive season, one of 17 quarterbacks to start every one of his team's contests. Completed 456-of-659 passes (69.2%) for 4,952 yards, 33 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 97.0 rating. Finished ranked first in completions and attempts, tied for first in passing yardage, ranked second in completion percentage, tied for fifth in touchdown passes and ranked sixth in rating. Named to eighth Pro Bowl as Saint, surpassing William Roaf for team lead and ninth overall. In finale at Tampa Bay, Dec. 28, led New Orleans on a seven-play, 50-yard drive that ended with the game-winning 36-yard TD pass to WR Marques Colston. Brees and Colston also became the fifth-most prolific quarterback-receiver combination for touchdowns with that 68th touchdown connection (Colston concluded his Saints career with the duo ranked fifth at 72). Overall, completed 24-of-38 passes for 281 yards with one TD and three interceptions in a contest where the Saints came back to win facing a 13-point fourth quarter deficit for the first time…In 200th career game at Chicago, Dec. 15, completed 29-of-36 passes for 375 yards, three TDs, zero interceptions and a 137.8 rating…Completed 19-of-27 passes for 257 yards, five TDs and a 140.0 rating at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. It was his 20th overall, joining Manning and Brady as only the third player to win 20 conference Player of the Week…Completed 35-of-45 passes for 420 yards (77.8%), three TDs, one interception and a 118.5 passer rating vs. Baltimore, Nov. 24…Completed 33-of-41 (80.5%) passes for 255 yards, one TD and a 100.7 rating vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 16…Completed 24-of-34 (70.6%) passes for 297 yards and one TD at Carolina, Oct. 30…Completed 27-of-32 (84.4%) for 311 yards, three TDs and a 138.4 rating vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Completed 35-of-57 passes for 371 yards, with two TDs in an overtime win vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5. Led team on a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive in overtime…Completed 32-of-44 (72.7%) passes for 340 yards with two TDs, one interception and a 100.6 rating at Dallas, Sept. 28…Completed 27-of-35 (77.1%) passes for 293 yards, two TDs and a 120.3 rating vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21. 2013 – Selected by his teammates as one of six season-long team captains and opened all 16 regular season games for fourth consecutive season and started both playoff contests. Completed 446-of-650 passes (68.6%) for 5,162 yards with 39 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a 104.7 rating. Rushed 35 times for 52 yards with three TDs. Second in NFL in completions, completion percentage, passing yardage and attempts, fifth in third down passer rating (103.1) and sixth in passer rating…In the season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, posted a 113.6 rating and completed 26-of-35 (74.3%) passes for 357 yards with two TDs, including a second quarter 25-yard TD to Colston that made him club's all-time receiving leader…Completed 26-of-46 passes for 322 yards and a TD at Tampa Bay, Sept. 16. With Saints trailing 14-13 with 1:06 left, completed three-of-four throws on a drive that ended with a game-winning field goal as time expired…Completed 29-of-46 passes for 342 yards and three TDs vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Completed 30-of-39 (76.9%) passes for 413 yards, four TDs, zero interceptions and a 144.5 rating vs. Miami, Sept. 30. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Completed 29-of-35 (82.9%) passes for 288 yards, two TDs, and a 120.0 rating at Chicago, Oct. 6…Completed 17-of-36 passes for 236 yards, two TDs and one interception, ending an NFL-record 57 consecutive games streak of at least 20 completions at New England, Oct. 13…Completed 26-of-34 passes (76.5%) for 332 yards, five TDs and a 146.1 rating vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Completed 34-of-41 (82.9%) passes for 392 yards with four TDs, zero interceptions and a 139.0 rating vs. Dallas, Nov. 10. Had 19 consecutive completions as he led the Saints to an NFL-record 40 first downs and franchise-record 625 net yards and he captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week for second time in 2013…Completed 30-of-43 (69.8%) passes for 305 yards and a TD in leading the Saints to a win between NFC powerhouses as time expired vs. San Francisco, Nov. 17. After getting the ball back with 1:41 left at the New Orleans 40-yard line, Brees moved the team to set up 31-yard game-winning field goal…Completed 23-of-33 (69.7%) passes for 278 yards, two TDs and a 115.5 rating in Thursday night win at Atlanta, Nov. 21. Moved past Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon for fifth place in NFL history with 49,566 career passing yards…Completed 30-of-42 (71.4%) attempts for 313 yards, with four TDs, zero interceptions and a 124.4 rating vs. Carolina, Dec. 8. Gave Saints lead with a three-yard TD to Colston with 31 seconds left in the first half. With his 22-yard completion to Jimmy Graham, became only the fifth player in NFL history to throw for 50,000 career yards…Tied his team record for completions, when he connected on 39-of-56 passes for 393 yards and one TD at Rams, Dec. 15…In regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29, completed 24-of-31 (77.4%) passes for 381 yards with four TDs, zero interceptions and a 157.4 rating as he led the Saints to a win that clinched a playoff berth. 25th career contest with at least four touchdowns. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the third time of the season…In NFC Wild Card at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, completed 20-of-30 passes for 250 yards with one TD…In NFC Divisional playoff game at Seattle, 1/11/14, completed 24-of-43 passes for 309 yards with a TD…Named to Pro Bowl for the eighth time overall and seventh time as a Saint, tying him with Roaf for most selections in club history, and making him only Saint to be named six straight times. Served as captain and starter for Team Rice in contest as he completed an eight-yard TD to Graham in winning effort. 2012 – Selected by teammates as one of six season-long captains. Started all 16 games and completed 422-of-670 for 5,177 yards with 43 TDs and 19 interceptions for a 96.3 rating. Led NFL in passing yardage, TD passes and completions of 25 yards or more (47). TD total was the second-highest total (46 in 2011) of career, making him and Marino the only two players in NFL history with at least two seasons with 40 or more TDs (Since also done by Manning in 2013). Yardage total was then the third-highest single-season figure in NFL records…Named to sixth Pro Bowl as Saint, starting game…Completed 35-of-54 passes for 446 yards, three TDs and a 109.0 rating at Green Bay, Sept. 30. First quarter 20-yard touchdown to Colston extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD to 47, tying Johnny Unitas' NFL record…Completed 29-of-45 passes for 370 yards, four TDs, one interception and a 110.4 rating in leading the Saints to their first win of the season vs. San Diego, Oct. 7. Brees' 40-yard TD pass to Devery Henderson marked the 48th consecutive game he tossed a touchdown, making him the new NFL record-holder for consecutive games with a TD. Trailing 24-21 in the fourth quarter, Led Saints back from a three-point deficit on a nine-play, 90-yard drive, as he completed six-of-six throws for 89 yards including a five-yard TD pass to Colston. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for first time in 2012…Completed 27-of-37 (73.0%) for 377 yards with four touchdowns, an interception and a 130.1 passer rating at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…Completed 21-of-27 (77.8%) for 239 yards, two TDs, an interception and a 128.2 rating vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5. Two TDs came on a second quarter, one-yard pass to Colston and a third quarter, six-yard throw to Graham…Completed 21-of-32 passes for 298 yards, three TDs, one interception and a 113.8 passer rating in leading the Saints to a 31-27 win vs. Atlanta, Nov. 11…Completed 20-of-27 passes for 219 yards, three TDs and a season-high 134.6 rating at Raiders, Nov. 18…Had NFL-record streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass end at 54 contests when he failed to throw a TD at Atlanta, Nov. 29…Completed 26-of-43 passes for 354 yards, a TD and an interception at New York Giants, Dec. 9…Hit on 26-of-39 passes for 307 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions for a 124.6 rating vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16.…37-of-53 for 446 yards, tying season-high for yardage with three TDs and a 114.2 rating in overtime win at Dallas, Dec. 23…Completed 29-of-43 passes for 396 yards with four TDs, an interception and a 118.0 rating in finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 30. 2011 – Selected by teammates as season-long team captain. Started all 16 regular season games and completed 468-of-657 passes (71.2%) for 5,476 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a 110. 6 passer rating. Set what was then NFL single-season passing yardage record with his nine-yard touchdown to Darren Sproles in a 45-16 win over Atlanta, Dec. 26, eventually finishing season with 5,476. Also set what was an NFL record for completion percentage and a mark that still stands for 300-yard passing games (13) as he ended season with a stretch of seven straight contests with 300 yards or more…Opened season at Green Bay, Sept. 8, 32-of-49 for 419 yards, three TDs and a 112.5 rating. Brees had a perfect 158.3 rating on third down, completing eight-of-nine throws for 129 yards with two TDs. Trailing 42-34 with only 1:08 remaining and starting at their 20-yard line, Led the Saints to the Packers one-yard line for a final play that could have tied the game, completing five-of-six throws for 71 yards.…Led Saints to their first win in their home opener vs. Chicago, Sept. 18, when he completed 26-of-37 passes for 270 yards with three TDs and a 118.1 rating. A 79-yard TD to Henderson gave New Orleans a 10-7 second quarter lead they wouldn't relinquish…Completed 31-of-44 passes for 370 yards, three TDs and zero interceptions vs. Houston, Sept. 25. Trailing 33-32 with 4:13 left, he led New Orleans on an eight-play, 93-yard drive, where he completed three-of-six passes for 56 yards and converted a successful two-point conversion throw to Lance Moore after Ingram's 13-yard TD run…Completed 31-of-44 passes for 351 yards, a TD and two interceptions in leading Saints to third straight victory at Jacksonville, Oct. 2…Completed 32-of-45 passes for 359 yards, two TDs, one interception and a 100.1 rating in leading the Saints to their fourth consecutive win at Carolina, Oct. 9. Trailing 27-23 in fourth quarter, he led the Saints back from a four-point deficit on an 11-play, 59-yard drive, where the Saints scored with 50 seconds remaining, as he completed seven-of-eight throws for 71 yards, including a six-yard TD to Pierre Thomas…Completed 29-of-45 passes for 383 yards, with one TD and two interceptions, as he became the first quarterback to throw for at least 350 yards in four consecutive games at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Completed 88.6 percent of his passes, as Saints set a team scoring record in a Sunday night 62-7 win vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Went 31-of-35 for 325 yards and five TDs for a 144.9 rating as he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for first time since 2009…Completed 27-of-36 passes for 258 yards, two TDs and an interception for a 101.4 rating vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6…Completed 30-of-43 passes for 322 yards, two TDs and a 106.9 passer rating in leading the Saints to an overtime win at Atlanta, Nov. 13. After getting the ball back in overtime at the Falcons 29-yard line, Brees moved the team to set up John Kasay's 26-yard game-winning field goal…Completed 24-of-38 passes for 363 yards and four TDs, adding an eight-yard TD run for a rating of 129.6 vs. New York Giants, Nov. 28, as he became the first Saint with four passing TDs and one rushing TD in a game and the first QB in Monday Night Football history with 350 passing yards, four passing TDs and one rushing TD. NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Completed 26-of-36 passes for 342 yards, three TDs and a 129.6 rating vs. Detroit, Dec. 4. Became first QB in NFL history to top 4,000 passing yards in his team's first 12 games…Completed 36-of-47 passes for 337 yards, two TDs and a 110.0 rating at Tennessee, Dec. 11. Threw both touchdowns in fourth quarter, rallying New Orleans from a 10-9 deficit. On game-winning drive, completed five-of-five passes for 69 yards, including the 35-yard TD to Colston and gained two yards on QB sneak on third-and-one to convert…Reached 40,000 career yards as he hit on 32-of-40 for 412 yards and five TDs, for a season-high 149.6 rating at Minnesota, Dec. 18. It was Brees' seventh contest of at least 350-yards passing in 2011, eclipsing the previous NFL record (Brady - 2007)…23-of-39 for 307 yards with four TDs and two interceptions, upping his season touchdown total to a career-high 41, vs. Atlanta, Dec. 26 as the Saints clinched the division. Brees' fourth quarter nine-yard TD to Sproles, his final throw of the game, put him at 5,087 yards, setting what was then the NFL single-season record. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the third time of the season…Hit 28-of-35 passes for 389 yards with five TDs, an interception and a 140.7 passer rating vs. Carolina, 1/1/12. With the 13th 300-yard passing performance of 2011, he extended his NFL record…Completed 33-of-43 passes for postseason career-high and club-record 466 yards, four TDs and no interceptions for a 134.4 rating in NFC Wild Card Playoff vs. Detroit, 1/7/12. Only Kosar, who passed for 489 yards against N.Y. Jets in the 1986 AFC Divisional Playoff, threw for more yards in the postseason…Completed 40-of-63 passes for 462 yards, four TDs and two interceptions in NFC Divisional Playoff at San Francisco, 1/14/12. First quarter interception was his first in his last 217 attempts in the postseason, ending an NFL-record streak of consecutive postseason passes without a pick. It was the third consecutive 400-yard effort, making him the only quarterback to do so, as he surpassed Marino (two) and Manning (two) for the most 400-yard passing games in NFL postseason history. 2010 – Selected by teammates as a season-long team captain. Opened all 16 regular season games and the NFC Wild Card playoff contest. Completed 448-of-658 passes (68.1%) for 4,620 yards with 33 TDs, 22 interceptions and a 90.8 rating…In NFL opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9, posted a 101.3 rating and completed 27-of-36 (75.0%) passes for 237 yards with a 29-yard TD to Henderson on New Orleans' first drive…Completed 28-of-38 (73.7%) passes for 254 yards, two TDs and a 108.9 rating at San Francisco, Sept. 20. With the game tied at 22-22 with 1:19 left, completed four-of-six throws on a drive that ended with a game-winning field goal as time expired…Completed 30-of-38 passes (79.0%) for 365 yards, three TDs and a 111.1 rating vs. Atlanta, Sept. 26…Completed 33-of-48 passes for 275 yards and one TD as he embarked Saints on second fourth quarter rally in three weeks vs. Carolina, Oct. 3…Completed 21-of-32 passes for 263 yards, three TDs, an interception and a 109.2 rating at Tampa Bay, Oct. 17…Completed 34-of-44 passes (77.3%), including 20-of-22 (90.9%) throws in second half for 305 yards, with fourth quarter TD passes to Moore and Colston and a 101.0 rating vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31…Completed 27-of-43 passes for 253 yards with two TDs at Carolina, Nov. 7…Completed 29-of-43 throws for a season-high 382 yards, four TDs, two interceptions and a 106.9 rating vs. Seattle, Nov. 21. Surpassed Archie Manning as club completions leader…Completed 23-of-39 passes for 352 yards in fourth quarter come-from-behind victory, with one TD on Thanksgiving at Dallas, Nov. 25. 12-yard scoring strike to Moore with 1:55 left gave the Saints the lead for good…Completed 23-of-29 passes for 313 yards in second consecutive fourth quarter come-from-behind win, with two TD passes, one interception and a 120.3 rating at Cincinnati, Dec. 5. Gave Saints lead with a three-yard TD to Colston with 31 seconds left. With his second quarter 52-yard completion to Graham, surpassed Manning as the club's all-time passing yardage leader…Led the Saints to their sixth straight win vs. Rams, Dec. 12, completing 25-of-40 passes for 221 yards, three TDs and two interceptions…Completed 29-of-46 passes for 267 yards with three TDs and an interception as he rallied Saints from a 21-7 deficit to tie score 21-21 in the fourth quarter at Baltimore, Dec. 19…In a fourth quarter come-from-behind Monday night win at Atlanta, Dec. 27, completed 35-of-49 (71.4%) passes for 302 yards with one TD, a six-yard fourth quarter completion to Graham, that capped off a successful 13-play, 90-yard drive…In the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Seattle, 1/8/11, completed 39-of-60 passes for 404 yards with two TDs and a 95.4 passer rating…Selected to the Pro Bowl. 2009 – Selected by teammates as season-long team captain. Started all 15 games he played, held out of regular season finale with Saints having clinched NFC's No. 1 seed. In regular season, threw for over 300 yards in seven games and over 295 in three others en route to 4,388 yards. Set what was then an NFL record with a 70.6 completion pct. and tied his team record with 34 touchdown passes. Also led league with a 109.6 passer rating. Nearly flawless in the postseason while leading the Saints to Super Bowl XLIV title, completing 72-of-102 passes (70.6 percent) for 732 yards with eight touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 117.0 rating…In Super Bowl XLIV vs. Indianapolis, 2/7/10, was 32-of-39 for 288 yards with two TDs and a 114.5 rating, winning MVP honors. Completed 18 of last 19 passes, and final 10 attempts. Also found Moore on a two-point conversion in rallying New Orleans from a 10-0 deficit. One of only six QBs (Troy Aikman, Brady, Joe Montana, Phil Simms and Russell Wilson) to have 200 passing yards, two passing TDs and a 70% completion percentage in a Super Bowl win...In NFC Championship vs. Minnesota, 1/24/10, completed 17-of-31 passes for 197 yards with three TDs and a 106.5 rating, leading team to first Super Bowl. Successfully led game-winning drive in overtime, a 10-play, 39-yard march to set up field goal…Had 125.4 rating in NFC Divisional win vs. Arizona, 1/16/10, finishing 23-of-32 for 243 yards with three TD passes and no interceptions. Found Henderson for a 44-yard TD off a flea-flicker…In opener vs. Detroit, Sept. 13, named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after tossing six TD passes and 358 yards and notching a 137.0 rating. Tied what was at the time the team record with his TD total (Billy Kilmer, 11/2/69). Became first player to throw six TDs on kickoff weekend…At Philadelphia, Sept. 20 – his 50th contest with the Saints – led the team to 48 points while completing over 73 percent of his passes for 311 yards with three TDs, one interception and a 118.6 rating. Tied an NFL record with nine TDs after two games…Named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September, the second-straight year he took home award…Set team record vs. New York Giants, Oct. 18, completing 15-straight passes in first half. Ended 23-of-30 (76.7%) for 369 yards and four touchdowns, engineering TD drives on the club's first four possessions, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Overcame a rough start at Miami, Oct. 25, to help produce 23 points of a 36-point second-half output in a comeback victory to erase a 24-3 deficit. Completed 22-of-38 passes, finishing with 298 yards, one TD, three interceptions and a career-high two rushing TDs…Had another torrid performance in a Monday night win vs. Atlanta, Nov. 2, completing 25-of-33 passes (75.8%) for 308 yards, two TDs, one interception and a 111.7 passer rating…Threw for 330 yards, one TD and an interception, going 25-for-34 in win vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Led the Saints to their 10th-straight win by completing 19-of-29 with three TDs at Tampa Bay, Nov. 22, posting a 118.0 rating…Named NFC Player of the Week for third time in 2009 after posting a perfect 158.3 rating in 38-17 win over New England, Nov. 30. Completed 18-of-23 (78.3%), with five TDs to five different players, his fourth career game with five or more TD throws…At Washington, Dec. 6, notched 35 completions on 49 attempts for 419 yards in an overtime victory, throwing two TDs and an interception. Set season-high in attempts, completions and yardage. Tied game with a 53-yard touchdown to Robert Meachem with 1:19 left in regulation…Reached 30,000 career yards – throwing for 296 while going 31-of-40 (77.5%) with a 122.5 passer rating and three TDs – at Atlanta, Dec. 13…Dec. 19 vs. Dallas, became the club's all-time passing touchdown leader with seven-yard scoring toss to Moore, his lone TD pass of the game. Completed 29-of-45 for 298 yards with one interception. The touchdown throw to Moore also made him the 24th player in NFL history to reach 200 career TDs, as he was then the fourth-quickest to reach this milestone in his 121st game (since tied by Brady)…Broke own team record by completing 19-straight passes in the third and fourth quarters vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 27, part of a 32-of-37 performance. Had 258 yards, one TD and a 104.7 rating…Third quarterback at Carolina, 1/3/10, after the club had clinched the NFC's number one seed in the postseason, breaking streak of 79 consecutive starts…Selected as Pro Bowl starter for the first time, even though he didn't play in game due to team's qualification for Super Bowl. 2008 – Served as an offensive team captain. Named Associated Press NFL Offensive Player of the Year after becoming only second QB in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards and tied the league record with 10 games with 300 or more yards. Voted to the Pro Bowl. Led the NFL in passing yardage (5,069), attempts (635), completions (413), completions of 25 yards or more (35) and tied for a league-best with 34 TDs. Threw touchdowns to 11 different players, equaling another league all-time mark (Brady, 2007). Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week three times and the conference Offensive Player of the Month in September…Led club to a 24-20 win in opener vs. Tampa Bay, completing 23-of-32 for 343 yards with three TDs…At Denver, Sept. 21, had 421 passing yards, then fourth-highest in team history. Set team record with 39 completions on 48 attempts with a TD…Tossed three TDs in win vs. San Francisco, Sept. 28, completing 23-of-35 for 363 yards. Became fourth QB in team history to reach 10,000 passing yards on 47-yard scoring strike to Meachem…Oct. 6 vs. Minnesota, connected on 26-of-46 for 330 yards with a TD and two interceptions…Nearly perfect vs. Raiders, Oct. 12, completing 26-of-30 (86.7%) for 320 yards, three TDs and a 144.4 rating. Completed first 16 passes, and named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Going against his former team for the first time, led Saints to 37-32 win over San Diego at London's Wembley Stadium, Oct. 26. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 339 yards and three TDs on 30-for-41 passing with a 121.9 rating...At Atlanta, Nov. 9, recorded 422 yards with two touchdowns, including 294 in fourth quarter…Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after posting a 157.5 rating vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24. Completed 20-of-26 for 323 yards and four TDs, including 70-yard scoring throws to Moore and Colston…Dec. 21, at Detroit, had a 117.8 rating, going 30-of-40 for 351 yards and two TDs, breaking what were then his own team records for passing yardage and touchdowns…Led furious comeback that fell short in fourth quarter vs. Carolina, Dec. 28, finishing 30-of-49 with 386 yards, four TDs – three in the final 15 minutes – and one interception. Became only the second player in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards. 2007 – Led NFL in completions (then-league-record 440) and attempts (652), ranked second in yards (4,423), third in completion percentage (67.5) and tied for sixth in touchdown passes (28). Started all 16 games, finishing with an 89.4 rating. Threw for 250 yards or more in 11-of-16 contests, including five of over 300 yards. Average of 276.4 yards per game second in the league. Tied for fifth in NFL with 27 completions of 25 yards or more. Picked by teammates as one of five season-long team captains…Recorded first 300-yard day of season at San Francisco, Oct. 28, completing 31-of-39 (79.5%) for 336 yards with a season-high four TDs for a 136.8 rating. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Threw for what was then the second-most passing yards in club history with 445 in win vs. Jacksonville, Nov. 4. Completed 35-of-49 passes with three TDs. His 346 first half passing yards are the most for a Saint in a single half…Nov. 25, led the Saints to their first win at Carolina since 2005 by throwing three TDs and running for an eight-yard score. Completed 24-of-36 passes for 260 yards and one interception. His rushing TD was his first with Saints…In Monday Night victory at Atlanta, Dec. 10, completed 28-of-41 passes for 328 yards with three TDs, two to Colston and a 116.7 rating…Dec. 16 vs. Arizona posted 86.7 completion percentage (26-for-30) with 315 yards, two TDs (19- and 32-yard strikes), zero interceptions and a 132.6 rating, his fourth-straight contest in triple digits. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Finished 27-of-42 for 284 yards and an interception vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 23. In first quarter, continued a streak that started the week before of 17-straight completions…At Chicago, Dec. 30, set club record for attempts in a game (60), completing 35 for 320 yards and three TDs and two interceptions. Broke what was then NFL record for completions in a season (418, Gannon-2002). 2006 – Top free agent signing paid immediate dividends with honor-filled season, leading the offense and rewriting club's passing records. Started all 16 regular season games and both playoff contests. Completed 356-of-554 (64.3%) for NFL-high 4,418 yards, with 26 TDs and 11 interceptions. Posted then-team-record 96.2 passer rating. Set a slew of team records that he's since broken, but his single-game passing yardage mark (510 vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 19) still stands. Threw for more yards than any quarterback in NFL history with new team (previous: Drew Bledsoe, 4,359, Buffalo, 2002). Had 1,954 passing yards from Oct. 29-Nov. 26 (vs. Baltimore through at Atlanta), the most over a five-game span. Had streaks of 141, 136 and 102 passes without an interception. Had 4,033 passing yards in first 13 games, second-highest in league history at that point in season (Gannon, Oakland, 2002, 4,205)…In NFC Championship at Chicago, 1/21/07, completed 27-of-49 passes for 354 yards with two TDs and an interception. Had 88-yard TD pass to Reggie Bush…In NFC Divisional win vs. Philadelphia, 1/13/07, completed 20-of-32 passes for 243 yards with one TD as Saints advanced to NFC Championship for the first time…Ended postseason 47-of-81 for 597 yards (58%) with three TDs, one interception and 88.3 rating…In his first regular season game with Saints, a win at Cleveland, Sept. 10 was 17-of-31 for 176 with a TD and interception…After rough start with two early fumbles at Green Bay, Sept. 17, led comeback by completing 26 passes on 41 attempts for 353 yards with two TDs and a 96.9 rating. Became the lone quarterback in club history to notch back-to-back road wins to open a season…Sept. 25 vs. Atlanta completed 20-of-28 (71.4%) for 191 yards for victory in club's triumphant Superdome return following Hurricane Katrina…Had 349 yards - including a career-long 86-yard TD to Colston - while completing 28-of-38 with a 110.5 rating at Carolina, Oct. 1…Tossed three TDs in win vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 15. Tied with 8:26 remaining, led the Saints on a 16-play, 72-yard march to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired. Completed his final ten passes, finishing 27-of-37 for 275 yards with two interceptions and a 98.4 rating…Posted a 136.7 rating, completing 24-of-32 for 314 yards, threw zero interceptions and three TDs at Tampa Bay, Nov. 5. Completed 10-of-12 passes in the third quarter and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…At Pittsburgh, Nov. 12, completed 31-of-47 passes for 398 yards and one TD, notching third-straight game with 300 yards…Recorded what was then the sixth-highest passing yardage day in NFL history with 510 (now tied for 11th) vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 19. Completed 37-of-57, with two TDs and three interceptions. Yardage total shattered former club record (441, Aaron Brooks vs. Denver, Dec. 3, 2000). Completed passes to eight targets as club set what was then a team record with 595 total net yards of offense…Posted fifth-straight 300-yard day with 349, completing 21-of-30 with two TDs and a 131.1 rating at Atlanta, Nov. 26. Seventh time in 11 games he reached 300-yard milestone…Streak of 300-yard days closed vs. San Francisco, Dec. 3 in a mistake-free performance. Completed 17-of-28 for 186 yards, notched seventh game without an interception in the win…At Dallas, Dec. 10, had a season-high 140.8 rating, finishing with 24 completions on 38 attempts for 384 yards and five TDs. Yardage achieved over first three quarters as the Saints held commanding lead. Tossed three TDs in the third quarter while completing seven-of-eight throws for 185 yards. Went over 4,000 yards passing, becoming first signal-caller in club history to do so. Selected NFC Offensive Player of the Week…With division locked up, only played in opening drive in regular season finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 31, completing four-of-five passes for 46 yards and a 105.0 rating. NFC Pro Bowl starter. 2005 – Had sterling sequel to record-setting 2004 by completing 323-of-500 passes for 3,576 yards, with 24 TDs, 15 interceptions and an 89.2 rating...Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after 41-17 win over New England, Oct. 2, ending Patriots' NFL-record 21-game home win streak. Hit on 19-of-24 passes (79.2%) for 248 yards with two TDs and a 137.5 rating…Recorded his first 300-yard passing day of 2005 with 324 yards vs. Kansas City, Oct. 30. Tossed three TDs and posted a 95.5 rating…Completed 28-of-33 for four TDs and 339 yards in 48-10 win over Buffalo, Nov. 20. His 84.8 completion percentage was second-highest in team history and he posted a 149.1 rating…Went 35-of-52 vs. Miami, Dec. 11, with 279 yards and two TDs, adding one rushing score…Suffered torn labrum in his right shoulder in second quarter of finale vs. Denver, which required surgery. Injured while diving for loose ball and landed on by DT Gerard Warren. 2004 – Voted to first career Pro Bowl and selected as a consensus Comeback Player of Year and Most Improved Player of the Year...Named AFC Offensive Player of Week after setting team record by completing 22-of-25 (88.0%) for 281 yards and a then-career-high five TDs vs. Raiders, Oct. 31. Finished with 153.1 rating...Threw four TDs vs. New Orleans, Nov. 7. Was 22-of-36 for 257 yards and a 119.8 rating...Nine TD passes were the most by a Chargers QB in two-game stretch...Completed 18-of-34 passes for 226 yards with a TD at Raiders, Nov. 21. Extended streak without an interception to 156 tosses...Notched 378 yards at Kansas City, Nov. 28. Went 28-of-37 with two TDs to run streak without interception to team-record of 193 throws. Was 11-of-11 for 163 yards and two TDs in final quarter...Threw interception on second play vs. Denver, Dec. 5, to end team-record streak of passes without an interception at 194...Passed for 290 yards and three TDs at Indianapolis, Dec. 26, including 74-yard touchdown for a 116.3 rating...First QB since Craig Morton in 1970 to throw 70-yard TD passes in three-straight games…Had 319 yards and two TDs in AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. New York Jets, 1/8/05. Threw a game-tying one-yard scoring pass with 11 seconds remaining to force overtime. Completed 31-of-42 passes to set a team record for completion percentage (.738) in postseason. 2003 – Started the first eight contests and the final three games and completed 205-of-356 passes for 2,108 yards with 11 TDs and 15 interceptions…Had 270 yards, completing 28-of-45 passes vs. Baltimore, Sept. 21…Notched his first career touchdown catch on 21-yard reception on a pass from LaDainian Tomlinson at Oakland, Sept. 28. Also completed 21-of-31 passes for 187 yards and a TD…At Jacksonville, Oct. 5, went 24-of-41 for 296 yards and three TDs for a 105.3 rating…Did not play Weeks 9-13...Returned vs. Green Bay, Dec. 14, after being benched for five games and passed for 363 yards (28-of-48) and two TDs, including a 68-yard TD. 2002 – Started all 16 games for first time in career and completed 320-of-526 passes for 3,284 yards with 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions…Rushed for career-high 130 yards…In first NFL start was 15-of-19 for 160 yards with two TDs at Cincinnati, Sept. 8. 78.9 completion percentage was the best by a QB making his first career start since Rob Johnson completed 20-of-24 (.833) for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997...Threw his first-career interception vs. Houston, Sept. 15, to end a string of 66 attempts without a pick to open his career...Passed for 319 yards vs. Kansas City, Oct. 13 and led the game-winning drive in the final 2:24, completing six-of-seven for 71 yards, including a two-yard TD. 2001 – Made his only appearance in relief of Doug Flutie vs. Kansas City, Nov. 4, and completed 15-of-27 for 221 yards with one TD...Did not play Weeks 1-7 and 9-16.

COLLEGE – Enjoyed an honor-filled career at Purdue, including being a Heisman Trophy finalist in 1999 and 2000…Won The Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player in 2000 as a senior...Finalist for The Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback in both 1999 and 2000...Ended college career as Big Ten and Purdue's all-time leader in passing yards (11,792), TD passes (90), total yards (12,693), completion percentage (.611), completions (1,026) and attempts (1,678)...Departed fourth in NCAA Division I history for total offense, completions and attempts...Led the Boilermakers to 2000 Rose Bowl, the school's first appearance in Pasadena since 1967...Only player in conference history to throw for more than 500 yards twice...Added seven 400-yard games and 16 300-yard days in career...Earned Big Ten Player of Year honors in 1998 and 2000 and all-conference accolades for three-straight years (1998-2000)...As a senior was named Academic All-America Player of Year...Recipient of the school's Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication...Fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior...First recipient of Socrates Award, recognizing the nation's finest athlete in terms of academics, athletics and community service...Selected Purdue's Male Athlete of Year as a junior and senior...Received Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor in 2001...Chosen for school's Mortar Board in 1999...Graduated with bachelor's degree in industrial management and manufacturing with a 3.4 grade point average.

PERSONAL – The grandson of a United States Marines World War II veteran, Brees has participated in five USO trips…A community fixture in the Gulf South with his Brees Dream Foundation, with the mission to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children facing adversity. In New Orleans, his ongoing efforts in support of the community have raised funds for numerous deserving organizations, individuals in need and charitable endeavors…Along with his entire family, has participated in the club's annual Thanksgiving charity event at the Dryades YMCA…In 2017, he started Football 'N' America, a nationwide, non-contact youth co-ed flag football league for children in grades K-10. The league provides a safe, positive, competitive, and family-friendly environment to learn the game the right way and have fun doing it…Participated in NFL Boot Camp: Franchising at the University of Michigan in 2015…Owns multiple Jimmy John and Walk-Ons franchises…In 2015, Brees donated one million dollars to Purdue football program…In 2019, foundation donated five million dollars to relief efforts throughout Louisiana related to coronavirus, partnering with Ochsner Health systems to provide meals…Led Westlake (Austin, Texas) HS to a 16-0 record and the Texas State 5A title as a senior...Posted an unbeaten 28-0-1 record as a two-year starter from 1995-96...Selected as Texas Class 5A MVP in 1996...Also lettered in basketball and in baseball at shortstop...His father, Chip, played freshman basketball at Texas A&M and his late grandfather, Ray Akins finished his coaching career with the third-most wins all-time among Texas high school football coaches...Uncle, Marty Akins, was three-year starting quarterback and All-America at the University of Texas from 1975-77…Has flown in the cockpits with the demonstration teams of the Navy Blue Angels in the F/A-18 and the Air Force Thunderbirds in the F-16…Born Drew Christopher Brees on January  15, 1979 in Austin, Texas.

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When Drew Brees officially retired from the NFL in March, New Orleans Saints fans had no choice but to fully embrace the idea of trying to win a Super Bowl title without the future Hall of Famer. Of course, at that time, nobody knew whether Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill would earn the right to replace one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Ultimately, though, the 2015 No. 1 overall pick beat out the 2017 undrafted free agent for the top spot on the depth chart.

While Winston looked sensational in Week 1, it remains to be seen whether he can sustain a high level of play across a 17-game season. Then again, perhaps guidance from a battle-tested expert like Brees will help him enjoy more success moving forward.

After all, even though Winston’s mentor over the last two years no longer throws passes for a living, his shocking admission proves he’s not completely done with the Saints after all.

New Orleans looked thoroughly dominant in the first game of the post-Drew Brees era

Sean Payton’s squad entered Week 1 with a point to prove. And by dismantling the Green Bay Packers in front of a packed crowd in Jacksonville, the Saints certainly showed they can win without Drew Brees under center.

Winston’s first start in a New Orleans uniform simply couldn’t have gone any better. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound signal-caller looked completely comfortable running the offense, and he didn’t make the silly mistakes that plagued him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Facing a Packers defense that features bonafide Pro Bowlers like Jaire Alexander, Za’Darius Smith, and Kenny Clark, Winston completed 14-of-20 passes for 148 yards and five touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions in what might have been the worst performance of his legendary career. Needless to say, the highly-paid quarterback got thoroughly outplayed by his less-proven counterpart.

Will Winston build off his terrific season-opening effort and lead New Orleans back to the playoffs?

If he and the Saints continue to maintain such close ties with Brees, that may just happen after all.

Brees’ shocking confession proves he’s not done with the Saints after all

By hanging up his helmet and shoulder pads for good, Brees seemingly gave up on having to worry about preparing for upcoming opponents. Working as an analyst for NBC Sunday Night Football allows him to stay close to the NFL, but he certainly has a significantly different set of job duties than he did the last two decades.

However, the 42-year-old made some eye-opening comments on The Dan Patrick Show that prove he hasn’t completely moved on from the Saints just yet.

“I’m in touch with [Winston] and Taysom quite a bit throughout training camp, preseason, and during the season,” Brees said.

Not exactly a complete surprise that he stays in touch with two former teammates, right? The fact he continues to do so during the season suggests he remains invested in helping both players succeed. While that seems noble, Brees also made a shocking admission that could raise a few eyebrows given his new sports media role.

When Patrick asked whether he’s an unofficial assistant coach, the retired quarterback gave a stunning answer.

“I will say this: I did have the game plan for the game in my hand,” Brees admitted.

Does that sound like a normal practice for any player-turned-analyst? Tony Romo has quickly become a shining star thanks to his ability to predict plays, but it’s not like he has direct access to game plans. On the other hand, Brees clearly has such close ties with the Saints that he still gets to view insider information. And you have to imagine he’s given Payton a few pointers or suggestions — away from the cameras, of course — on how to attack defenses on the team’s schedule.

No matter his job title, Brees seems destined to have some level of influence on Winston and the Saints this season. And with the franchise more than a decade removed from its first (and only) Super Bowl championship, there’s no doubt Payton faces a ton of pressure to bring the Lombardi Trophy back to New Orleans.

Can New Orleans win a Super Bowl with Jameis Winston?

How far the Saints go in 2021 depends almost entirely on one person. If Winston takes care of the football, makes smart decisions, and stays focused, the team absolutely has a chance to make a serious run at a title. On the other hand, if he reverts back to being the turnover-prone quarterback who played himself out of a job in Tampa, New Orleans could struggle to post a winning record, let alone earn a postseason berth.

Luckily for Winston, the schedule falls in his favor.

The Saints’ next four opponents (Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Washington Football Team) all posted losing records in 2020. After their bye, they do face a tough two-game stretch against Seattle and Tampa Bay, but the back of the schedule includes winnable matchups against the Atlanta Falcons (Weeks 9 and 18), Philadelphia Eagles (Week 11), and the New York Jets (Week 14). Plus, the Saints play the Panthers again in Week 17.

Barring injuries, they have a legitimate shot to win double-digit games and make the playoffs. And if Drew Brees gives Jameis Winston some advice on how to get the job done along the way, New Orleans may surpass everyone’s expectations.

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Former Saints QB Drew Brees reflects on go-to plays, biggest regrets

Sep 11, 2021
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For the first time in 20 years, the NFL season is about to kick off without Drew Brees behind center. But as the New Orleans Saints icon transitions into his next gig as an NFL and Notre Dame analyst for NBC -- his college debut is Saturday -- he can still wield one of his most remarkable skills:

His recall.

With the help of ESPN analyst Matt Bowen, we came up with questions designed to tap into the memory bank of this future Hall of Famer. Brees reflected on his favorite throws, the ones that got away and the unheralded defender who was “like a rolling ball of butcher knives.”

And he nearly gave away his secret to making that goal-line touchdown leap so automatic.

What’s the one throw you want to make with a game on the line?

Brees: “I always loved just the high back-shoulder. On an interior seam route -- so not necessarily a seam route down the sideline. Up the hash or up the numbers. There was just such an art to that type a throw and such a feel between quarterback, receiver. It was a little bit of poetry in motion.”

Obviously, I think back to Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham. Is it because you loved it that it was such a Saints staple?

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Brees: “Probably. And listen, [Saints coach] Sean Payton loved back-shoulder fades. It’s funny -- we’d have all kinds of competitions during training camp, our quarterback challenges and all that. And we’d come up with this point chart in the quarterback room, just to keep ourselves entertained. Stuff like, if you ever ran for 10 yards or more untouched on a play, you got a point; if you threw a touchdown, if you threw a checkdown that went for 10 yards or more before he was touched. And if you threw any back-shoulder throw, you got a point. And then if Payton came over and fist-bumped you because he loved it so much, you got two points.”

Favorite play of your career?

Brees: “Oh, man, that’s hard. I’ll just give one example because it’s the first one that came to mind. It was when we broke the Unitas record with Devery (a 40-yard pass to Devery Henderson to break Johnny Unitas’ record of 47 straight games with a TD pass). We hit a double move against the Chargers, 2012, 'Sunday Night Football.' It was a ‘square-out takeoff’ is what we call it, basically a square-out, out and up.

"So I remember as I was studying that play during the week, I was thinking to myself, ‘Man, there’s one pressure they could run that would be problematic for us.’ There was only one way to pick it up, and it was gonna require me and some communication with the O-line to change protections. And sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. And I knew I wanted to throw it to the right on Quentin Jammer, because I knew he’d be overly aggressive on the out-and-up. So rarely does a play just go exactly the way that you visualize, but that was one of them.”

Your favorite improvisation -- a play that didn’t go the way it was supposed to?

Brees: “Maybe the spin move against the Falcons (an unlikely 7-yard TD run to force overtime in 2018).

“And you know what was the best part of that, honestly? I had been harping on my (son’s flag football) team, ‘Guys, spin moves are so good because you can’t pull somebody’s flag when they’re spinning.’ I had designed all these drills to do spin moves. So for me to actually score on a play where I bust out this impromptu spin move was just perfect timing.”

One throw you wish you could have back?

Brees: “The one I think about most is probably in the [2018 NFC Championship] against the Rams. There was one in overtime on second down, where we run one of our all-time favorite plays, ‘all-go special,’ and I end up trying to throw the ball to Dan Arnold as he’s running past the Mike linebacker, and we just miss it. But the safety bites really hard, and Tre’Quan Smith [broke open down the sideline]. It would’ve been a game winner, game over, despite everything that happened in that game with the no-call and stuff. It’s not necessarily what happened on the play, but what could’ve happened.”

Is that also the game you look back on as the biggest missed opportunity?

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Brees: “We were right there, right? So yeah. It’s really disappointing. But I’d say there was a couple moments if you really ask yourself, ‘What were your years to win it?’ 2011, that game at the Niners [in the divisional round], I mean, man, everything we overcame to put ourselves in position to win that game -- and we would’ve hosted the Giants the next week, I like our chances.

"2018, of course, and just even with the no-call, there were one or two other plays that would’ve been the difference-maker for us. And then to a certain extent last year, I felt like we were a better team than the Bucs and we let that one get away from us and that’s a [divisional-round] game we should win. And listen, we’re gonna have our hands full going to Green Bay [in the NFC title game], but you never know.

"And even 2017, I don’t necessarily think that when you look at the best Saints teams of this era it was a top-three team. And yet we were starting to play our best football at that time of year and obviously should’ve beat Minnesota. And then we would’ve gone to play at Philly, and I liked the way we matched up even though Philly was kind of feeling like a team of destiny a little bit.”

What coverage did you want to see that you knew you could light up?

Brees: “Anytime we got man-to-man coverage with a five-man rush, which means there’s no hole player, there’s no interior player, I always felt like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna get the ball out, we’re gonna find a matchup, and you’ve got no way to defend it.’”

Best play a defender ever made against you?

Brees: “Antoine Winfield, 2008, we had that crazy game on Monday night [against the Vikings], Reggie [Bush] had two returns for touchdowns, we miss a field goal at the end. Well, Antoine Winfield blitzed on the backside of a play-action pass. He’s supposed to be picked up, but our tight end thought he wasn’t pressuring, so he goes out on this route. And sure enough, Winfield hits me in a way where he’s trying to pull the ball out and hold on to it at the same time -- and he does. He hits me and literally rips the ball right out of my hands. It was such a great ball-player-type play.”

Was there a defensive player you didn’t want to face?

Brees: “No. I’ll just kind of go back and give you perspective on one of the guys that I thought was such a great football player and was maybe underrated or underappreciated, and that was Zach Thomas. That dude was like a rolling ball of butcher knives. Here he is, this undersized middle linebacker, and yet he would make every tackle. And when he’d hit you, he hit you so damn hard.”

Best play you ever saw another quarterback make?

Brees: “I can’t remember what season it was to open up, but it was Jake Delhomme and the Panthers playing at the Chargers (Week 1, 2008), and they were at about the 20-yard line (actually 14). Last play of the game, Panthers get in empty and just run everybody into the end zone. And Jake throws this ball to the back line of the end zone, high, and just to where the tight end can jump up and grab it and nobody else can. The precision of the throw was just awesome. ... Russell Wilson had one, a scramble play on 'Sunday Night Football,' maybe last year or the year before to Tyler Lockett. It was freakin’ ridiculous. [Patrick] Mahomes’ little throw-across-his-body deal was freakin’ ridiculous. Probably more impressive was his left-handed pass against the Broncos.”

What is your process when you jump at the goal line? Everyone knows it’s coming -- why did it always work?

Brees: “My whole thing was we need to be at about the half-yard line or in, so it doesn’t really work from the 1. And there’s a technique where you almost have to kind of rock back for a moment, just to allow the initial stalemate to happen at the line of scrimmage. And then you’ve gotta have some spring, you’ve gotta have some hops, you’ve gotta be an athlete. And you’ve gotta kind of pick and choose your spot where you want to jump, because obviously there’s dudes that are trying to come knock your face off. But there’s some other nuances to it I can’t divulge.

“I don’t want to give away all my secrets.”

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Drew Brees Announces Retirement After Hall-of-Fame Career

Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced his retirement on Sunday after one of the most decorated careers in NFL history.

Brees, 42, retires as the all-time leader in passing yards and completions. He led the Saints to their only Super Bowl in franchise history, a 31–17 win over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV.

"After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football," Brees wrote on Instagram on Sunday. "Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback. Til the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organization, my team, and the great city of New Orleans. We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us."

"You have molded me, strengthened me, inspired me, and given me a lifetime of memories. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more. I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life‘s work begins!"

Brees logged 58 starts for the Chargers from 2002–05 before signing a free-agent contract with the Saints before the 2006 season. He then went on one of the most dominant runs of any quarterback in NFL history, leading the league in passing yards seven times over the last 15 seasons. Brees posted a 142–86 record with the Saints, and he tossed 35 playoff touchdowns in 17 postseason starts. 

The Purdue product logged just 23 starts in his final two seasons as he dealt with a smattering of injuries. Brees fractured 11 ribs and suffered a collapse lung during the 2020 season, leading to the worst yards-per-attempt in any of his 15 seasons with the Saints. Brees's career ended with a loss to Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in the divisional round in January.

Brees earned 13 Pro Bowl appearances in his 20-year career. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year following the 2006 season. 

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