Few players in the era of NFL free agency can rival the impact that Drew Brees has made on the New Orleans 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 Most Valuable Player, earning league Offensive Player of the Year honors after three seasons, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being voted to the Pro Bowl six 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 seven-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record three 5,000-yard passing seasons, setting the league single-season mark with 5,476 in 2011. 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 was selected to his fifth consecutive and seventh Pro Bowl overall, as he completed 422-of-670 passes (63.0%) for 5,177 yards with 43 touchdown passes and a 96.3 passer rating. Brees led the NFL in yardage, touchdown passes and completions of 25 yards or more (47). Since 2006, he leads the NFL with 33,571 passing yards, 4,340 attempts, 2,910 completions and 244 TD passes, all franchise marks. Brees’ record as a starter for the Saints is 69-42 (.622) in the regular season and 5-3 (.625) in the postseason, also ranking as the winningest signal-caller in franchise annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in 60 games with the Saints, including nine contests with over 400, ranked second in NFL record books. Overall in his 12-year NFL career, he’s completed 4,035-of-6,149 passes (65.6%) for 45,919 yards, 324 touchdown throws and a 94.3 passer rating. He’s the league’s third-most accurate passer all-time, ranks fifth in completions, sixth in touchdowns, owns the seventh-best passer rating and ranks eighth in yardage. 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 New Orleans 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 Most Valuable Player, earning league Offensive Player of the Year honors after three seasons, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being voted to the Pro Bowl six 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 seven-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record three 5,000-yard passing seasons, setting the league single-season mark with 5,476 in 2011. 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 was selected to his fifth consecutive and seventh Pro Bowl overall, as he completed 422-of-670 passes (63.0%) for 5,177 yards with 43 touchdown passes and a 96.3 passer rating. Brees led the NFL in yardage, touchdown passes and completions of 25 yards or more (47). Since 2006, he leads the NFL with 33,571 passing yards, 4,340 attempts, 2,910 completions and 244 TD passes, all franchise marks. Brees’ record as a starter for the Saints is 69-42 (.622) in the regular season and 5-3 (.625) in the postseason, also ranking as the winningest signal-caller in franchise annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in 60 games with the Saints, including nine contests with over 400, ranked second in NFL record books. Overall in his 12-year NFL career, he’s completed 4,035-of-6,149 passes (65.6%) for 45,919 yards, 324 touchdown throws and a 94.3 passer rating. He’s the league’s third-most accurate passer all-time, ranks fifth in completions, sixth in touchdowns, owns the seventh-best passer rating and ranks eighth in yardage. 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 – 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).
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 NFL in passing yardage, touchdown passes and completions of 25 yards or more (47). Touchdown total was the second-highest total (46 in 2012) 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. Yardage total was the third-highest single-season figure in NFL records. Also extended his own NFL-record streak of games with 20 or more completions to 54. Threw for 250 yards or more in 13 games, including 10 of over 300…First Saint to be selected to five consecutive Pro Bowls since William Roaf (1996-2000), as he earned his sixth selection as a Saint, (injury replacement for Robert Griffin III) starting the game. Only Roaf (7), has been selected more often in Saints records, as Brees joins Morten Andersen and Rickey Jackson as six-time selections…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 Marques 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 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, 14th as a Saint and 16th overall…Completed 27-of-37 passes (73.0%) for 377 yards with four touchdowns, one interception and a 130.1 rating at Tampa Bay, Oct. 21…With his 300th and 301st TDs, surpassed former Bronco John 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 Jimmy Graham…Completed 21-of-32 passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns, one 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 26-43 for 354 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions at N.Y. Giants, Dec. 9…Hit on 26-39 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 three 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, surpassing Peyton Manning for second-all-time…Completed 29-43 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 games and completed 468-of-657 passes (71.2%) for 5,476 yards with 46 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a rating of 110.6. Set 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 touchdown 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, three touchdown passes and two 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 TD 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, one 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 touchdown pass to Pierre Thomas…Completed 29-of-45 passes for 383 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, as he became the first NFL 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 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, two touchdowns and one interception for a rating of 101.4 vs. Tampa Bay, Nov. 6. His pair of touchdowns 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 victory at Atlanta, Nov. 13. After getting the ball back in overtime at the Falcons 29-yard line, Brees moved the team to set up K 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 36-47 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 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 touchdowns 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 the NFL single-season record. Captured NFC Offensive Player of the Week for third time of 2011…Completed 28-35 passes for 389 yards with five touchdowns, one 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, three touchdowns and zero 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 touchdown passes 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 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 one touchdown 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 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 TD passes to WRs Lance 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’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 touchdowns 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 touchdown, 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 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 TD passes. Also led league with a 109.6 rating. Nearly flawless in 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, was 32-of-39 for 288 yards with two TDs and a 114.5 rating, winning MVP honors. Completed 18 of last 19, and final 10 attempts. Also found Moore on a two-point conversion in rallying New Orleans from a 10-0 deficit...In NFC Championship game vs. Minnesota, completed 17-of-31 passes for 197 yards with three touchdowns 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 a postseason career-best passer rating of 125.4 in NFC Divisional Playoff game victory vs. Arizona, finishing 23-of-32 for 243 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Found Henderson for a 44-yard TD off a flea-flicker…In the season opener vs. Detroit, Sept. 13, named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after tossing a career-high six touchdown passes and 358 yards and notching a 137.0 rating. Tied a 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 with one 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 rating…Threw for 330 yards, one touchdown and an interception, going 25-for-34 in win vs. Carolina, Nov. 8…Led Saints to 10th-straight win by completing 19-of-29 with three touchdowns 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 touchdowns to five different players, his fourth career game with five or more TD passes…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 scoring 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, breaking his 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 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 club to a 24-20 win in season opener vs. Tampa Bay, completing 23-of-32 for 343 yards with three touchdowns…At Denver, Sept. 21, had 421 passing yards, then the fourth-highest total in club history. Set team record with 39 completions on 48 attempts with one touchdown…Tossed three TDs in victory vs. San Francisco, Sept. 28, completing 23-of-35 for 363 yards. Became 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 passer 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 quarterback rating of 121.9...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 touchdowns, including 70-yard scores to Moore and Colston. Led team to 51 points in win, then tied for the franchise’s highest total…Dec. 21, at Detroit, had passer rating of 117.8, going 30-of-40 for 351 yards and two touchdowns, 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 the second player in NFL history to throw for over 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 a passer rating of 89.4. Threw for 250 yards or more in 11 contests, including five of over 300 yards. Average of 276.4 yards per game ranked second in league. Tied for fifth in NFL with 27 completions of 25 yards or more. Picked by teammates as one of five season-long 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 touchdowns for a 136.8 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 touchdowns. 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. Rushing touchdown was his first with Saints…In win at Atlanta, Dec. 10, completed 28-of-41 for 328 yards with three touchdowns, two to Colston and a 116.7 rating…Dec. 16 vs. Arizona posted 86.7 completion percentage (26-for-30) with 315 yards, two touchdowns (19- and 32-yard strikes), no interceptions and a 132.6 rating, his fourth-straight game 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 touchdowns with 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. Completed 356-of-554 (64.3 pct.) for an NFL-high 4,418 yards, with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Posted a 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 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 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 an 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-of-41 for 353 yards with two touchdowns and a 96.9 rating. Became the lone QB 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 mistake-free performance. Completed 17-of-28 for 186 yards, notched seventh game without interception in win…At Dallas, Dec. 19, had a season-high 140.8 rating, going 24-of-38 for 384 yards and five touchdowns. Yardage achieved over first three quarters as the Saints held commanding lead. Tossed three TDs in third quarter while completing seven-of-eight 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 finale vs. Carolina, Dec. 31, completing four-of-five passes (80.0 percent) for 46 yards and a 105.0 passer rating…NFC Pro Bowl starter. 2005 – AFC Pro Bowl first alternate...Had sterling sequel to record-setting 2004 by completing 323-of-500 for 3,576 yards, with 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for a 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. Completed 19-of-24 passes for 248 yards with two touchdowns and a 137.5 passer rating…Completed 23-of-40 passes for 299 yards and two 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 Broncos DT 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...Went 18-of-34 for 226 yards with a TD 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 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 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 rating...First NFL QB since Craig Morton of Dallas in 1970 to throw 70-yard TD passes in three-straight games…Had 319 yards and two touchdowns in AFC Wild Card Playoff game 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 first eight contests and final three 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 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 TDs for a 105.3 quarterback 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 16 games and completed 320-of-526 for 3,284 yards with 17 touchdowns 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…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.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters after the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, December 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees finds tight end Jimmy Graham for a 2-yard touchdown.
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees pumps up the squad prior to the team's game vs the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, December 2, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees speaks with reporters on Thursday, November 28, 2013. (New Orleans Saints video)