New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees put together one of the finest seasons of his 18-year career, leading the Saints to a 13-3 record and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. In the process he became the NFL's all-time passing king and broke his own record for completion percentage. Brees finished the 2018 season, his 13th with the Saints, with an NFL-record completion percentage (74.4 percent), and a career-high quarterback rating (115.7). He completed 364 of 489 passes for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns, and just five interceptions in 15 games (he was rested in the season finale vs. the Carolina Panthers). For the third year in a row, Brees was selected to the Pro Bowl, making this his 11th season as a selection and was second team All-Pro. Brees was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month in December and was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice. He was the runner-up in voting for the MVP award and was the winner of the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
BEST GAME: Brees isn’t a stranger to the record books, but against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 8, he set one of the ages, becoming the NFL’s all-time passing yardage leader, surpassing Peyton Manning. Surrounded by family, fans, and in front a "Monday Night Football" national TV audience, Brees completed 26 of 29 attempts (a career-high completion percentage of 89.7) for 363 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Redskins. The record-setting play came on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith which gave the Saints a 26-6 lead. Brees finished the season with 74,437 career passing yards. Next season he should set NFL records for touchdown passes (he has 520, 19 behind Manning) and passing attempts, (he has 9,783, trailing Brett Favre's 10,169).
BEST QUOTE: “I have broken down and cried a bunch of times this week. Thinking about so many things, I feel like when you have kids too you get a little more emotional, just because I get emotional whenever I think about them. Being a father is obviously the greatest responsibility in the world. I want to be the best father I can be for them, I want to set the best example I can for them at all times. I think about all of the people that have influenced my life in such a powerful way, there were so many of those people that were here tonight that witnessed this, so many people that I spoke to this week that are a part of this and so many others still that I haven’t had a chance to reach out to and that time will come. Two of the people that have had the biggest influence on my football career certainly and made me who I am growing up are my mom and my grandfather, they are in heaven, they are no longer here, but I know they would be proud and they are watching down on me, looking down on me and watching over me at all times and my kids as well. You start thinking about a lot of things.”
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The staff of NewOrleansSaints.com created a nine-part video series on Brees' life titled 9 for No. 9: A Champion's Journey. Links to all nine episodes are below:
Best of the Saints in 2018: Top 100 Drew Brees Photos
See the best moments from Saints quarterback Drew Brees throughout the 2018 season.