This past Monday night on Monday Night Football, we all saw Drew Brees break the NFL record for most passing yards in a career. When you think about it, when you think about the greats who have played the game, that’s an incredible feat for a guy who many ‘experts’ said was too short to achieve success at this level. I’ve enjoyed watching him since his days at Purdue. I loved his competitiveness, his desire. I remember after he was drafted, I told a buddy that the Chargers just got the best RB and the best QB in the draft. I thought for sure that the combination of Tomlinson and Brees would bring a title to San Diego.
Drew Brees was drafted with the 1st pick of the 2nd round in the 2001 draft by the San Diego Chargers. He saw some success in San Diego but was sporadic at times. A dislocated shoulder forced the Chargers into a tough decision. They decided to let Brees walk. The New Orleans Saints picked him up, and that’s when Brees’ career really took off. He has put up insane numbers in New Orleans. He led them to their first, and only (so far), Super Bowl by winning Super Bowl XLIV.
So far in his career, he has passed for 72,103 yards with 499 TDs. He has completed 67.2% of his passes and currently has a 97.3 rating. With all due respect to Phillip Rivers, how bad do the Chargers regret letting him go? He has 5 seasons with over 5,000 passing yards, by far the record. And judging by his performance this season, he doesn’t look to be slowing down any.
I have read his autobiography, Coming Back Stronger. You think he’s great on the field? Wait until you get a peak inside the man that he is off the field. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read, especially sports fans. And I just checked, it’s currently $6.73 on Kindle. So go grab it. Reading his story, getting a look inside his life, it was one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read. Drew Brees is truly one of the greats in the history of sports. Not just for what he has achieved on the field, but because of who he is as a man.
The Saints are on a bye this week. But when they return next week against the Baltimore Ravens, his first TD will be the 500th of his Hall of Fame career. I don’t think any of us want to miss that. I would love to see Drew Brees get another ring. What a perfect exclamation point on an historic career that would be. Not that it would happen, right? I mean, he’s too short, he doesn’t have what it takes. The experts told me all that back in 2001. Spoiler alert: they were wrong. Dead wrong.