It was announced this morning, that Drew Brees would be returning for the 2020 season, so it would appear that the saga of Brees will continue.
The 41 year old signal caller is one of the most prolific passers in the NFL history, but assuming a clean bill of health, he is going to further cement himself as the all-time leader in passing yards, passing touchdowns and career completions. (and perhaps percentage)
Brees’ contract is set to expire in March of 2020, but he previously stated that he would only return if it was in a Saints uniform, so it is presumed both sides will get a deal done without much drama.
As far as his sage goes, Brees overtook Peyton Manning’s passing yardage record on October of 2018 with a 62 yard bomb on Monday Night Football. It was really a moment to behold.
As he celebrated with his family in the Superdome, you could see by the fans reactions, Brees really had nothing left to prove in their eyes. But this just shows the kind of competitor he is, he wants to be the greatest.
He continued to make history when he overtook Manning’s touchdown record on December of 2019.
Here are all the records Brees currently holds according to ESPN:
Drew Brees’ Notable Records
– All-time leader in Pass TD, Pass yards, completions and completion percentage
– Owns 3 best single-season completion percentage marks
– Owns best single-game completion percentage mark (96.7%)
– Only player with multiple 5,000-yard seasons (5)
– Most consecutive games with a Pass TD (54)
– Matched single-game record with 7 Pass TD
Before Brees was breaking NFL records, he was slinging the rock down in West Lafayette, IN as at Purdue University. In his Junior and Senior seasons, Brees had finished Top 5 in Heisman voting, but ironically his best season was his first as a starter in 1998.
Brees ended his Boilermaker career with nearly 12,000 yards passing and 90 touchdown passes.
Even so, the undersized Brees did not get drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.
Believe it or not, a team had Brees on their team – and had used a second round draft pick to get him. The San Diego Chargers. He had played his first five seasons as a Charger – but the Bolts decided to move on to their next man in succession, Phillip Rivers (also a free agent this year)
It seemed like a good decision at the time, as the Rivers led chargers went 14-2 the year after Brees left.
But this is where the story takes shape. Brees came to New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina.
A city completely crushed in the aftermath, Brees and new head coach Sean Payton got to work.
Just three seasons later, Brees led the Saints to a Superbowl victory – in a 31 – 17 aerial assault over Manning himself. The two legends combined for 621 passing yards and three touchdowns. Manning’s late interception sealed the deal and delivered the Saints the Lombardi trophy.
Going For The Throne
Brees already owns the major passing records among active NFL quarterbacks, and by him staying at least an extra season, he has an opportunity to continue his saga as the best NFL quarterback as far as statistics are concerned. At this point he is just padding his stats and trying to make the road much tougher for the quarterbacks behind him.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gives Saints Jr. Captain Joseph Culotta, 13, a student at Newman, the thumbs up before the start of the game against the Houston Texans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Staff Photo by David Grunfeld