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Inside the Numbers

    <span>              <span style="">In the weeks leading up to the start of the New Orleans Saints' 2009 training camp, <span style=""></span> will take an inside look at some interesting facts and figures of various high-profile players on the Saints' roster.</span>                
            <span style="text-decoration: underline;">QUARTERBACK DREW BREES</span>                   
            <span style="">Height: </span>6-0  

Weight: 209
NFL Experience in 2009: 9th Season
Years with Saints: 4th Season
College: Purdue


  • Since arriving in New Orleans in 2006, Brees has provided the Saints with the three most prolific seasons of quarterback play in club history, throwing for 4,000 yards or more each season and ranking at the top or among NFL leaders in virtually every passing category. In 2008, Brees continued his assault on the team and NFL record books with his finest season as a professional, producing some of the top numbers in league history. In his campaign, Brees, voted as one of five team captains for the second consecutive year, completed 413 of 635 (65%) passes for 5,069 yards with 34 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions for a passer rating of 96.2.
  • Finishing only 16 yards shy of setting the NFL single-season passing yardage record, Brees has only the second 5,000 yard passing season in league history, while also tying a league single-season record with ten days of 300-yards or more passing. In addition to leading the league in passing yardage in 2008, he was also ranked first in attempts and completions as well as trying for first in touchdown passes. He was ranked fourth in passer rating, while leading all quarterbacks in third down passer rating (117.8). Brees was voted by the Associated Press as the 2008 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the first Saints to ever win the award. He was voted to his second Pro Bowl in the past three seasons as a member of the Saints, thus joining QB Archie Manning as the only Saints signal-caller to be named to the Pro Bowl twice.
  • Brees also holds club-records for passing rating in a season (96.2, 2008), passing attempts in a game (60, at Chicago, 12/3/2007), completions in a game (37, vs. Cincinnati, 11/12/2006), consecutive completions (17, 12/16-12/20/07), consecutive games with 250+ passing yards (six, 10-15/2006-11/26/2006).
  • Few players in the era of NFK free agency have made the impact that Brees has had on the Saints. Since joining the Saints in 2006, he leads the NFL with 13,910 passing yards, 1,841 attempts, 1,209 completions and 103 completions of 25 yards or more. Of his passes that have been completed, 665 (55%) have been for a first down.
    Attempts: 60, at Chicago (12/30/2007)
    Completions: 39, at Denver (9/21/2008)
    Completion Percentage: 88.0%, at Oakland (10/31/2004) (as a member of the Chargers)
    Passing Yards: 510, vs. Cincinnati (11/10/2006)
    Longest Pass: 86t, at Carolina (10/1/2006)
    TD Passes: 5 (twice), most recently at Dallas, (12/10/2006)
    Passer Rating: 157.5, vs. Green Bay (11/24/2008)
    Rushes: 8, at Kansas City (11/28/2004) (as a member of the Chargers)
    Rushing Yards: 31, at Kansas City (12/24/2005) (as a member of the Chargers)
    Longest Rush: 22, vs. Oakland (10/31/2004) (as a member of the Chargers)
    Rushing TDs: 1 (five times), most recently at Carolina (11/25/2007)


  • 88: Touchdown passes by Brees through the first 48 games of his Saints career to rank third in team record books. This ties the second highest total in the NFL during this period. With 168 touchdown passes in his NFL career, Brees is ranked 52nd all-time.
  • 5,069: Brees' club-record and career-high passing yardage total in 2008, the second highest single season total in NFL history and only the second of 5,000 yards or more.
  • 1,209: Completions since joining the Saints in 2006, which already ranks third in team history. This is the most among NFL quarterbacks over the period, including an NFL record 440 in 2007.
  • 20: Games as a Saint with a passer rating of 100 or more. Including his tenure with San Diego from 2001-2005. Brees has surpasses the century mark 36 times during his eight year career.
  • 7: NFC Offensive Player of the Week awards won by Brees in New Orleans, the most recent which he captured for his performance in week 12 vs. Green Bay, and the third time in 2008. Brees has won the most weekly awards of any player in team history.
  • 1: NFC Offensive Player of the Month Awards by Brees. He captured the honor for the first time in his NFL career for his performance in the month of September (2008).
  • 32: Regular season games with 250 yards or more passing, placing him first in team history. Including his tenure with San Diego, Brees and three playoff games, Brees has reached the milestone 47 times in his career.
  • 23: Regular season contests with 300 yards or more passing during his tenure with the Saints, a team-record and the highest NFL total from 2006-present. With 10 300-yard games in 2008, he tied the NFL single-season record which he now shares with Rich Gannon (2002 with Oakland).
  • 4: Regular season games with 400 yards or more passing, including two in 2008.
  • 26,258: Passing yards in his eight-year NFL career, the 53rd highest in NFL history. He's thrown for 13,910 yards as a Saint. The latter number is the highest total in the NFL during that span.
  • 65.7: Brees' team-record completion percentage during his three-year tenure with the Saints. His completion percentage is ranked fourth in the NFL during this time period. With a 63.9 completion percentage during his career, Brees is the fifth most accurate passer in NFL history, fourth among active NFL quarterbacks.
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