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Drew Brees ranks No. 52 on ESPN's World Fame 100

Saints quarterback joins athletes in ranking of the biggest names in sports.

Top 100 photos of Drew Brees during the 2016 season.

Who are the most famous athletes on the planet? New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on the list at No. 52.

Recently, ESPN released its World Fame 100 list, the second annual ranking of the biggest names in sports. The list ranks athletes based on a formula that combines endorsements with social media following and internet search popularity. The 10-time Pro Bowler was listed third among all NFL players behind New England Patriots Tom Brady (No. 21) and Carolina Panthers Cam Newton (No. 47).

Last season, Brees posted his NFL-record fifth 5,000-yard passing season in 2016 – all other quarterbacks combined have four – by completing 471 of 673 passes for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns, with 15 interceptions. It was the third time in 11 seasons as a New Orleans Saint that Brees completed at least 70 percent of his passes, and the NFL-record seventh time he has led the league in passing yards.

To see the full ESPN World Fame 100 list, CLICK HERE

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