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 league Offensive Player of the Year honors after three seasons, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and AP Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being voted to the Pro Bowl seven times and shattering league and team passing records. He ranks among the league’s elite quarterbacks, becoming only the second player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in nine-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record four 5,000-yard passing seasons. Brees has also set three other single-season league records since joining the Saints: 300-yard passing games (13, 2011), completion percentage (71.2, 2011) and completions (468, 2011). His streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass shattered a mark that had stood since 1960. Last season, he tied for the NFL lead in passing yardage and led the league in completions, as he completed 456-of-659 passes (69.2%) for 4,952 yards with 33 touchdowns, finishing among NFL leaders in all statistical categories, as he was selected to a franchise-record eighth Pro Bowl as a Saint and ninth overall. Since 2006, he leads the NFL with 43,685 passing yards, 5,649 attempts, 3,812 completions and 316 TD passes, all franchise marks. Brees’ record as a starter for the Saints is 87-56 (.608) in the regular season and 6-4 (.600) in the postseason, also ranking as the winningest signal-caller in franchise annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in 79 games with the Saints, including 10 contests with over 400, ranked third in NFL record books. Overall in his 14-year NFL career, he’s completed 4,937-of-7,458 passes (66.2%) for 56,033 yards, 396 touchdowns and a 95.4 rating. He’s the league’s most accurate passer all-time, ranks fourth in completions touchdowns and yardage and owns the seventh-best 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 community.
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 league Offensive Player of the Year honors after three seasons, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and AP Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being voted to the Pro Bowl seven times and shattering league and team passing records. He ranks among the league’s elite quarterbacks, becoming only the second player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in nine-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record four 5,000-yard passing seasons. Brees has also set three other single-season league records since joining the Saints: 300-yard passing games (13, 2011), completion percentage (71.2, 2011) and completions (468, 2011). His streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass shattered a mark that had stood since 1960. Last season, he tied for the NFL lead in passing yardage and led the league in completions, as he completed 456-of-659 passes (69.2%) for 4,952 yards with 33 touchdowns, finishing among NFL leaders in all statistical categories, as he was selected to a franchise-record eighth Pro Bowl as a Saint and ninth overall. Since 2006, he leads the NFL with 43,685 passing yards, 5,649 attempts, 3,812 completions and 316 TD passes, all franchise marks. Brees’ record as a starter for the Saints is 87-56 (.608) in the regular season and 6-4 (.600) in the postseason, also ranking as the winningest signal-caller in franchise annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in 79 games with the Saints, including 10 contests with over 400, ranked third in NFL record books. Overall in his 14-year NFL career, he’s completed 4,937-of-7,458 passes (66.2%) for 56,033 yards, 396 touchdowns and a 95.4 rating. He’s the league’s most accurate passer all-time, ranks fourth in completions touchdowns and yardage and owns the seventh-best 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 community.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms on a five-year contract, 7/13/12; Designated Exclusive Rights Franchise Player, 3/3/12; Signed to six-year contract with Saints (UFA-SD), 3/16/06; Re-signed by San Diego Chargers to 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.
HONORS – 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; Associated Press 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); Fed Ex Air Player of the Week (Weeks 12 and 16). 2010: Pro Bowl; Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year; AP Male Athlete of the Year; Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 2). 2009: Super Bowl XLIV MVP; Pro Bowl starter; 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; Sporting News 100 Greatest Players (No. 18); 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; 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; co-NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year; 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; 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 All-Pro (second-team); 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).
2014 – Selected by teammates as one of six season-long team captains. Started all 16 games for fifth consecutive season. One of 17 quarterbacks to start every one of his team’s games in 2014. Brees completed 456-of-659 passes (69.2%) for 4,952 yards, 33 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a 97.0 passer rating. He finished the season 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 passer rating. Selected to his eight Pro Bowl as a Saint, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle William Roaf for the franchise lead and ninth overall. It was Brees’ ninth consecutive 4,000 –yard season, extending his NFL record. He also moved into fourth place on the NFL’s all-time list for passing yardage. With a 36-yard touchdown pass in his last throw in the season finale at Tampa Bay to increase his career total to 56,033, Brees became only the fourth player in NFL history to have 56,000 passing yards, fourth on the NFL list. In the Tampa Bay contest, Dec. 28, Brees led New Orleans on a seven-play, 50-yard drive that ended with the game-winning 36-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston. Brees and Colston also became the fifth-most prolific quarterback-receiver combinations for touchdowns with that 68th touchdown connection. Overall he completed 24-of-38 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown 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 franchise history…Played in 200th career game at Chicago, Dec. 15 and completed 29-of-36 passes for 375 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 137.8 passer rating, as he surpassed the 4,000 yard mark for the NFL record ninth-straight season on a first half screen pass to Pierre Thomas…Completed 19-of-27 passes for 257 yards, five touchdowns and a 140.0 rating at Pittsburgh, Nov. 30, as he was named NFC offensive Player of the Week for the 18th time as a Saint, the most conference weekly awards by a player since 2006. It was his 20th overall, joining Peyton Manning (27) and Tom Brady (24) as only the third player to win 20 conference Player of the Week awards…Completed 35-of-45 passes for 420 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 118.5 rating vs. Baltimore, Nov. 24…Completed 33-of-41 (80.5%) passes for 255 yards, one touchdown and a 100.7 passer rating vs. Cincinnati, Nov. 16…Completed 24-of-34 (70.6%) passes for 297 yards and one touchdown at Carolina, Oct. 30…Completed 27-of-32 passes (84.4%) for 311 yards, three touchdowns and a 138.4 passer rating vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26…Completed 35-of-57 passes for 371 yards, with two touchdowns in 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 touchdowns and a 120.3 rating vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21. 2013 – Selected by teammates as one of six season-long team captains. Opened all 16 regular season games for the fourth consecutive season and started both postseason contests. Completed 446-of-650 passes (68.6%) for 5,162 yards with 39 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions to compile a 104.7 passer rating. Rushed 35 times for 52 yards with a career-high three touchdowns. Ranked second in NFL in completions, completion percentage, passing yardage and passes, fifth in third down passer rating (103.1) and sixth in passer rating…In season opener vs. Atlanta, Sept. 8, posted a 113.6 passer rating and completed 26-of-35 (74.3%) passes for 357 yards with two touchdown passes, including a second quarter 25-yard scoring throw to Colston that made him the club’s all-time receiving leader…Completed 26-of-46 passes for 322 yards and one touchdown 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 FG as time expired…Completed 29-of-46 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns vs. Arizona, Sept. 22…Completed 30-of-39 (76.9%) passes for 413 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 144.5 rating vs. Miami, Sept. 30. In the contest, moved past Hall of Famer John Elway into fourth place in league records in completions and tied his own existing NFL mark for consecutive games with at least 300 yards passing (nine), capturing NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors…Completed 29-of-35 (82.9%) passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and a 120.0 rating at Chicago, Oct. 6…Completed 17-of-36 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, with the 17 completions 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, with five touchdowns and a 146.1 passer rating vs. Buffalo, Oct. 27…Completed 34 of 41 (82.9%) passes for 392 yards with four TDs, no interceptions and a 139.0 rating vs. Dallas, Nov. 10. He tied his own franchise record with 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 honors for the second time of the season…Completed 30-of-43 (69.8%) passes for 305 yards and one touchdown in leading the Saints to a victory 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 the 31-yard game-winning field goal…Completed 23-of-33 (69.7%) passes for 278 yards, two touchdowns and a 115.5 passer rating in Thursday night win at Atlanta, Nov. 21. Moved past Hall of Famer Warren Moon for sole possession of fifth place in NFL history with 49,566 career passing yards…Completed 30-of-42 (71.4%) attempts for 313 yards, with 4 TD passes, no interceptions and a 124.4 passer rating vs. Carolina, Dec. 8. Gave Saints lead with a three-yard TD to Colston with 31 seconds remaining 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 franchise record for completions, when he connected on 39 of 56 passes for 393 yards and 1 touchdown at St. Louis, Dec. 15…Completed 30 of 44 passes for 281 yards with 1 touchdown pass and 2 interceptions as he rallied Saints from a 10-6 deficit to take a 13-10 lead in fourth quarter at Carolina, Dec. 22…In regular season finale vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 29, completed 24 of 31 (77.4%) passes for 381 yards with 4 touchdowns, no interceptions and a 157.4 rating as he led the Saints to a win that clinched a playoff berth. It was his 25th career contest with at least 4 touchdown passes. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for third time of season…In NFC Wild Card playoff game at Philadelphia, 1/4/14, completed 20 of 30 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown…In NFC Divisional playoff game at Seattle, 1/11/14, completed 24-of-43 passes for 309 yards with a touchdown…Selected to the Pro Bowl for the eighth time overall and seventh time as a Saint, tying him with Roaf for most selections in franchise history, and making him the only Saint to be selected six consecutive times. Served as a captain and starter for Team Rice in the contest as he completed an 8-yard touchdown to Graham in the winning effort. 2012 – Selected by teammates as one of the six season-long team captains. Started all 16 games and completed 422-of-670 passes (63.0%) for 5,177 yards with 43 touchdowns and 19 interceptions for a 96.3 rating. Led the NFL in passing yardage, touchdown passes and completions of 25 yards or more (47). Touchdown total was the second-highest total (46 in 2011) of his career, making him and Dan Marino the only two players in NFL history with at least two seasons with 40 or more touchdowns (Since also done by Peyton Manning in 2013). Yardage total was then the third-highest single-season figure in NFL records. Threw for 250 yards or more in 13 games, including 10 of over 300…Earned sixth Pro Bowl selection as a Saint, (injury replacement for Robert Griffin III), starting the game…Completed 35 of 54 passes for 446 yards, three touchdowns 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 pass to 47, tying Johnny Unitas’ NFL record. Yardage total tied for second in club records…Completed 29-of-45 passes for 370 yards, four touchdowns, an 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 touchdown pass to wideout Devery Henderson marked the 48th consecutive game he tossed a touchdown, making him the new NFL record-holder for consecutive games with a TD pass. 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 scoring pass to Colston. Captured conference Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in 2012…Completed 27-of-37 passes (73.0%) for 377 yards with four touchdowns, an interception and a 130.1 passer rating at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…With his 300th and 301st TDs, surpassed Elway into sixth place on NFL’s all-time list at Denver, Oct. 28…Completed 21-of-27 passes for 239 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception and a 128.2 passer rating vs. Philadelphia, Nov. 5. His 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 touchdowns, an interception and a 113.8 rating in leading the Saints to a 31-27 win vs. Atlanta, Nov. 11…Completed 20-of-27 passes for 219 yards, three touchdowns and a season-high 134.6 passer rating at Oakland, Nov. 18…Had his streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass end at 54 when he failed to throw a scoring pass at Atlanta, Nov. 29…Completed 26 of 43 passes for 354 yards, one touchdown and one interception at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 9…Hit on 26-of-39 passes for 307 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 124.6 rating vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 16.…Was 37-53 for 446 yards, tying a season-high for yardage and the club’s second-highest total, with 3 touchdowns and a 114.2 rating in overtime win at Dallas, Dec. 23. It was his ninth career 400-yard passing performance, all as a Saint…Completed 29-of-43 passes for 396 yards with four touchdown passes, one interception and a 118.0 passer rating in season 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 pass to Darren Sproles in a 45-16 win over Atlanta, Dec. 26, eventually finishing season with 5,476. Also set NFL records for completions, completion percentage and 300-yard passing games (13) as he ended the season with a stretch of seven straight contests with 300 yards or more…Opened the season at Green Bay, Sept. 8, 32-of-49 for 419 yards, three touchdowns 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 touchdowns. Trailing 42-34 with only 1:08 remaining and starting at their 20, Brees 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 first win of 2011 in home opener vs. Chicago, Sept. 18, when he completed 26-of-37 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns and a 118.1 rating. A 79-yard TD throw to Henderson gave New Orleans a 10-7 second quarter lead that they wouldn’t relinquish…Completed 31 of 44 passes for 370 yards, 3 touchdowns and no 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 to Lance Moore after Mark Ingram’s 13-yard touchdown run…Completed 31-of-44 passes for 351 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in leading Saints to their third straight victory at Jacksonville, Oct. 2…Completed 32-of-45 passes for 359 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a 100.1 passer rating in leading the Saints to their fourth straight win at Carolina, Oct. 9. Trailing 27-23 in the fourth quarter, he led the Saints back from a four-point deficit on a successful 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 pass to Pierre Thomas…Completed 29-of-45 passes for 383 yards, one touchdown pass and two interceptions, as he became the first quarterback to throw for at least 350 yards in four straight games at Tampa Bay, Oct. 16…Completed 88.6 percent of his passes, the second-best single-game completion percentage in club history and the best by a quarterback with at least 20 attempts as Saints set a franchise scoring record in a Sunday night 62-7 win vs. Indianapolis, Oct. 23. Went 31-of-35 for 325 yards and five touchdowns for a 144.9 passer rating as he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time since 2009…Completed 27 of 36 passes for 258 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception for a rating of 101.4 vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6. His two TDs came on a first quarter three-yard pass to Moore and a second quarter 21-yard throw to Sproles…Completed 30-of-43 passes for 322 yards, two touchdowns and a 106.9 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 touchdowns while adding an eight-yard TD run for a rating of 129.6 vs. N.Y. 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 a rushing TD. Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Completed 26-of-36 passes for 342 yards, three touchdowns and a 129.6 rating vs. Detroit, Dec. 4. Became the first quarterback in NFL history to top the 4,000 passing yardage mark in his team’s first 12 games of a season…Completed 36 of 47 passes for 337 yards, two touchdowns and a 110.0 passer rating at Tennessee, Dec. 11. Threw both touchdowns in the 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 a quarterback sneak on third-and-one to convert…Reached 40,000 career yards as he hit on 32-40 for 412 yards and five touchdown passes, for a season-high 149.6 passer rating at Minnesota, Dec. 18. It was Brees’ seventh contest of at least 350-yards passing in 2011, eclipsing the previous NFL record (Tom Brady - 2007)…Was 23-39 for 307 yards with four touchdown passes 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 touchdown to Sproles, his final throw, put him at 5,087 yards, setting what was then the NFL single-season record. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week for third time of 2011…Hit 28-of-35 passes for 389 yards with five touchdowns, an interception and a 140.7 rating vs. Carolina, 1/1/12. Extended his NFL single-season record passing yardage total to 5,476 and upped his completion total to 468 to set another record, while surpassing his previous NFL mark with a 71.2% completion percentage. With the 13th 300-yard passing performance of 2011, he extended his NFL record…Completed 33-of-43 passes for a postseason career-high and club-record 466 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 134.4 rating in NFC Wild Card playoff vs. Detroit, 1/7/12. Only Cleveland’s Bernie Kosar, who passed for 489 yards against the New York Jets in the 1986 AFC Divisional playoff, threw for more yards in the postseason…Completed 40-of-63 passes for 462 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions in NFC Divisional playoff game at San Francisco, 1/14/12. His 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 Peyton Manning (two) for the most 400-yard passing games in NFL postseason history. Completion total broke own NFL record. 2010 – Selected by teammates as one of five season-long team captains. Opened all 16 regular season games and the NFC Wild Card Playoff contest at Seattle. Completed 448-of-658 passes (68.1%) for 4,620 yards with 33 touchdowns and 22 interceptions to compile a 90.8 rating…In opener vs. Minnesota, Sept. 9, posted a 101.3 passer rating and completed 27-of-36 (75.0%) passes for 237 yards with one touchdown, a 29-yard completion to Henderson on New Orleans’ first drive…Completed 28-of-38 passes for 254 yards, two touchdowns and a 108.9 passer rating at San Francisco, Sept. 20. With game tied 22-22 with 1:19 left, completed four-of-six throws on a drive that ended with a game-winning FG as time expired…Completed 30-of-38 passes for 365 yards, three touchdowns and a 111.1 rating vs. Atlanta, Sept. 26…Completed 33-of-48 passes for 275 yards and a TD as he embarked the Saints on their second fourth quarter rally in three weeks vs. Carolina, Oct. 3…Completed 21-of-32 passes for 263 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and a 109.2 passer rating at Tampa Bay, Oct. 17…Completed 34-of-44 passes (77.3%), including 20-of-22 in the second half for 305 yards, fourth quarter touchdown passes to Moore and Colston and a 101.0 rating vs. Pittsburgh, Oct. 31…Completed 27-of-43 passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns at Carolina, Nov. 7…Completed 29-of-43 throws for a season-high 382 yards, four TDs, two interceptions and a 106.9 passer rating vs. Seattle, Nov. 21. Surpassed Archie Manning as club’s all-time completions leader…Completed 23-of-39 passes for 352 yards in fourth quarter come-from-behind victory, with one touchdown on Thanksgiving at Dallas, Nov. 25. His 12-yard scoring strike to Moore with 1:55 remaining 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 passer rating at Cincinnati, Dec. 5. Gave Saints lead with a three-yard TD to Colston with 31 seconds remaining. With his second quarter 52-yard completion to Graham, surpassed Manning as club’s all-time passing yardage leader…Led Saints to sixth consecutive win vs. St. Louis, Dec. 12, completing 25-of-40 passes for 221 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions…Completed 29-of-46 passes for 267 yards with three TDs and one interception as he rallied Saints from a 21-7 deficit to tie score 21-21 in fourth quarter at Baltimore, Dec. 19…In 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 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. It was only the 15th 400-yard passing game in league record books…Selected to Pro Bowl. 2009 – Selected by teammates as a season-long team captain. Started all 15 games he played, held out of 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 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, no 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 Most Valuable Player 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, Tom 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 game vs. Minnesota, 1/24/10, completed 17-of-31 passes for 197 yards with three TDs and a 106.5 rating, leading team to their first Super Bowl. Successfully led game-winning drive in overtime, a 10-play, 39-yard march to set up Garrett Hartley’s field goal…Had postseason career-best passer rating of 125.4 in NFC Divisional Playoff game 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 career-high six TD passes and 358 yards and notching a 137.0 rating. Tied team record with TD total (Billy Kilmer, 11/2/69)…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 touchdowns, one interception and a 118.6 rating. Tied a 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 a team record vs. N.Y. Giants, Oct. 18, completing 15-straight passes in first half. Ended 23-of-30 for 369 yards and four touchdowns, engineering TD drives on the club’s first four possessions, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Overcame rough start at Miami, Oct. 25, to produce a 36-point second-half in comeback victory to erase a 24-3 deficit. Completed 22-of-38, finishing with 298 yards, a touchdown, three interceptions and a career-high two rushing touchdowns…Had another torrid day in Monday night win vs. Atlanta, Nov. 2, completing 25-of-33 passes for 308 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 111.7 passer rating…Threw for 330 yards, one touchdown pass and an interception, going 25-for-34 in win vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Led Saints to tenth-straight win by completing 19-of-29 with three touchdowns at Tampa Bay, Nov. 22, posting a 118.0 passer rating…Named NFC Player of the Week for third time in 2009 after posting a perfect 158.3 passer rating in 38-17 win over New England, Nov. 30. Completed 18-of-23 (78.3%), with five touchdown passes 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 touchdowns and an interception. Set season-high in attempts, completions and yardage. Tied game with a 53-yard touchdown strike to Robert Meachem with 1:19 left in regulation…Reached 30,000 career yards – throwing for 296 while going 31-of-40 with a rating of 122.5 and three touchdowns –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 touchdown and a 104.7 rating…Third quarterback at Carolina, 1/3/10, after the club has 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 a offensive team captain. Named AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year after becoming only second QB in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards and tied 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 league-best with 34 touchdown passes. Threw touchdowns to 11 players, equaling another league all-time mark (Brady, 2007). Named NFC Offensive Player of the Week three times and conference Offensive Player of the Month in September…Led the club to a 24-20 win in season opener vs. Tampa Bay, completing 23-of-32 for 343 yards with three touchdown passes…At Denver, Sept. 21, Brees had 421 passing yards, then the fourth-highest total in franchise history. Set the team record with 39 completions on 48 attempts with one touchdown throw…Tossed three touchdowns in victory vs. San Francisco, Sept. 28, completing 23-of-35 for 363 yards. Became the fourth QB in team history to reach 10,000 yards on 47-yard scoring strike to Meachem…Oct. 6 vs. Minnesota, posted his third-straight 300-yard day, connecting on 26-of-46 for 330 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions…Nearly perfect vs. Oakland, Oct. 12, completing 26-of-30 (86.7 percent) for 320 yards, three touchdowns and a 144.4 rating. Completed first 16 passes, and named NFC Offensive Player of the Week…Going against his former team for 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 touchdowns on 30-for-41 passing with a 121.9 passer 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 passer rating of 157.5 vs. Green Bay, Nov. 24. Completed 20-of-26 for 323 yards and four touchdown passes, including 70-yard scoring throws to Moore and Colston…Dec. 21, at Detroit, had a 117.8 passer rating, going 30-of-40 for 351 yards and two touchdown passes, 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 touchdowns – 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 passer 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 ranked 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 pct.) for 336 yards with a season-high four touchdown passes for a 136.8 passer rating, and was 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 with three touchdown passes. His 346 first half passing yards are the most for a Saint in a single half…Nov. 25, led Saints to first win at Carolina since 2005 by throwing three touchdowns and running for an eight-yard score. Completed 24-of-36 passes for 260 yards and one interception. His rushing touchdown was his first with Saints…In Monday night win at Atlanta, Dec. 10, completed 28-of-41 for 328 yards with three touchdown passes, two to Colston and a 116.7 passer rating…Dec. 16 vs. Arizona posted 86.7 completion percentage (26-for-30) with 315 yards, two touchdown passes (19- and 32-yard strikes), no interceptions and a 132.6 passer 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 with 60, completing 35 for 320 yards and three touchdown passes and two interceptions. Broke what was then NFL record for completions in a season in second quarter (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 games. Completed 356-of-554 (64.3%) for an NFL-high 4,418 yards, with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Posted a then-team-record 96.2 QB 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 a new team (previous: Drew Bledsoe, 4,359, Buffalo, 2002). Had 1,954 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 the season (Gannon, Oakland, 2002, 4,205)…In NFC Championship at Chicago, 1/21/07, completed 27-of-49 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Had an 88-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Bush…In NFC Divisional Playoff win vs. Philadelphia, 1/13/07, completed 20-of-32 for 243 yards with one touchdown pass…Ended postseason 47-of-81 for 597 yards (58%) with three touchdowns, one interception and 88.3 rating…In first game with Saints, a win at Cleveland, Sept. 10 was 17-of-31 for 176 with a TD and interception…After rough start with a pair of early fumbles at Green Bay, Sept. 17, led comeback by completing 26 passes on 41 attempts for 353 yards with 2 touchdowns and a 96.9 passer 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 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 passer 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 game-winning field goal as time expired. Completed final 10 passes, finishing 27-of-37 for 275 yards with two interceptions and a 98.4 passer rating…Posted a 136.7 passer rating, completing 24-of-32 for 314 yards, threw no interceptions and three touchdowns 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 touchdown, notching third-straight game with over 300 yards…Recorded sixth-highest passing yardage day in NFL history with 510 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 yards of offense…Posted fifth-straight 300-yard day with 349, completing 21-of-30 with two touchdowns 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 win…At Dallas, Dec. 10, had a season-high 140.8 passer rating, finishing with 24 completions on 38 attempts for 384 yards and five touchdowns. 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 QB in club history to do so. Named 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 (80.0 percent) for 46 yards and a 105.0 rating. NFC Pro Bowl starter. 2005 – AFC Pro Bowl first alternate...Had sterling sequel to record-setting 2004 by completing 323 of 500 passes for 3,576 yards, with 24 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a rating of 89.2...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 19-of-24 passes for 248 yards with two TDs and a 137.5 rating…Completed 23 of 40 passes for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns at Philadelphia, Oct. 23…Recorded his first 300-yard passing day of 2005 with 324 yards vs. Kansas City, Oct. 30. Tossed three touchdowns and posted a 95.5 rating…Completed 28-of-33 for four touchdowns 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 touchdowns, 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 defensive tackle Gerard Warren. 2004 – Voted to first career Pro Bowl and 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 for 281 yards and a then-career-high five TDs against Oakland, Oct. 31. Finished with passer rating of 153.1...Threw four TD passes vs. New Orleans, Nov. 7. Was 22-of-36 for 257 yards and a 119.8 rating...Nine TD passes most by a Chargers quarterback in two-game stretch...Completed 18 of 34 passes for 226 yards with 1 touchdown at Oakland, Nov. 21. Extended streak without interception to 156 tosses...Notched 378 yards at Kansas City, Nov. 28. Went 28-of-37 with two touchdowns to run streak without interception to team-record of 193 throws. Was 11-of-11 for 163 yards and two touchdowns in final quarter...Threw an interception on the second play vs. Denver, Dec. 5, to end a team-record streak of passes without interception at 194...Passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns at Indianapolis Dec. 26, including 74-yard touchdown for a 116.3 passer rating...First NFL QB since Craig Morton in 1970 to throw 70-yard TD passes in three-straight games…Had 319 yards and two touchdowns in AFC Wild Card Playoff vs. N.Y. Jets. Threw a game-tying one-yard scoring pass with 11 seconds remaining to force overtime. Completed 31-of-42 to set 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 touchdowns and 15 interceptions…Had 270 yards, completing 28-of-45 vs. Baltimore, Sept. 21…Notched his first career touchdown catch on 21-yard reception on a pass from RB LaDainian Tomlinson at Oakland, Sept. 28. Also completed 21-of-31 passes for 187 yards and one TD…At Jacksonville, Oct. 5, went 24-of-41 for 296 yards and three touchdowns for a 105.3 passer 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 touchdowns, including a 68-yard TD. 2002 – Started all 16 games for the first time in his career and completed 320-of-526 passes for 3,284 yards with 17 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions…Rushed for a career-high 130 yards…In first NFL start was 15-of-19 for 160 yards with two TDs at Cincinnati, Sept. 8. .789 completion percentage was the best by a quarterback making his first start since Rob Johnson completed 20-of-24 (.833) for Jacksonville in 1997...Threw first-career INT against Houston Sept. 15 to end string of 66 attempts without pick to open career...Passed for 319 yards vs. Kansas City, Oct. 13 and led game-winning drive in final 2:24, completing six-of-seven for 71 yards, including two-yard TD. 2001 – Made first NFL appearance in relief of Doug Flutie vs. Kansas City Nov. 4, and completed 15-of-27 for 221 yards with first career 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 career as Big Ten and Purdue's all-time leader in passing yards (11,792), touchdown 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 in a game twice...Added seven 400-yard games and 16 300-yard days in his 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 – Born Jan. 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas...Has traveled to Afghanistan, Kuwait and Okinawa on USO missions…Extremely active in the community and a fixture in the New Orleans area with his Brees Dream Foundation, with the mission to provide care, education and opportunities for children facing adversity. In New Orleans, his ongoing efforts in support of the community have raised funds for Operation Kids, and he has also held The Drew Brees Gridiron Classic for youth football teams, the “Brees on the Seas” youth deep sea fishing event off the Louisiana coastline, rebuilt homes in New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity, supported Children's Hospital in New Orleans and numerous other charitable endeavors…Shared the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award for community involvement with former Chargers teammate Tomlinson in 2006…Led Westlake (Austin, Texas) HS to 16-0 record and State 5A title as senior...Posted an unbeaten 28-0-1 record as a two-year starter...Selected as the Texas Class 5A MVP in 1996...Also lettered in basketball and in baseball as a shortstop...His father, Chip, played freshman basketball at Texas A&M and grandfather, Ray Akins, finished his career with the third-most wins all-time among prep football coaches in Texas...Uncle, Marty Akins, was three-year starting quarterback and All-America at Texas (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.
Drew Brees, Luke McCown, Ryan Griffin and Garrett Grayson took part in a quarterback challenge on Thursday, July 30 following the team's first practice of training camp. Video by Alex Restrepo/Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video)
Drew Brees talks about what was missing last season and what he plans to do to fix it. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video).
Drew Brees talks about C.J. Spiller and his versatility. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints Video).
Drew Brees talks about the development of Ben Watson and Josh Hill. Video by Ashley Amoss (New Orleans Saints video).