New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been named to the NFC's Pro Bowl squad, it was announced by the Saints and the National Football League today. It is Brees' seventh Pro Bowl selection overall and his sixth as a member of the Saints. Only tackle William Roaf (7), has been selected to the Pro Bowl more often in franchise record books, while Brees joins kicker Morten Andersen and linebacker Rickey Jackson as six-time selections. Brees' five consecutive selections rank second in club records behind Roaf's seven.
Brees, 6-0, 209, is in his 12th NFL season and seventh with the Saints. In 2012, he started all 16 games and completed 422-of-670 passes (63.0%) for 5,177 yards with 43 touchdown passes and a 96.3 passer rating, finishing the season ranked first in the league in both passing yardage and touchdown passes. Following his 5,177 passing yard performance, Brees now owns two of the top three single-season yardage totals in NFL record books and three of the top five, as the only player to throw for 5,000 yards three times. Brees also joined Dan Marino as only the second NFL signal-caller to throw for 40 touchdowns in two seasons.
In his 12-year NFL career, the Purdue University product, who originally entered the NFL as a second round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2001, before signing with the Saints as an unrestricted free agent in 2006, has played in 170 games (169 starts) and has completed 4,035 of 6,149 passes (65.6%) for 45,919 yards, 324 touchdown passes and a 94.3 passer rating. He's the NFL's all-time third-most accurate passer, is ranked fifth in completions, sixth in touchdown passes, seventh in passer rating and eighth in passing yardage.
Brees will replace Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III at the Pro Bowl.