Making it to the professional level is hard, less than one-tenth of a percent of high school players make it to the NFL, but becoming a breakout star is even harder. There are plenty of good players that have one or two good seasons then fall off and are no longer in the spotlight. In fact, the average length of an NFL career is only three years, unless they start as a rookie then it bumps up to six years. Drew Brees is not one of those forgettable players.
Drew Brees’ Career
New Orleans Saints’ Quarterback Drew Brees is one athlete that has not only defied the statistics, but has blown them out of the water. Brees attended the University of Perdue and was picked 32 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2001 NFL draft. He started his first full season in 2002 going 8-8. After the 2005 season, the fourth-year quarterback was traded to the Saints. From then on, Brees has been someone to keep an eye on while on the field.
Since being traded to the Saints, Brees’ statistics have risen almost every year. He has never had any notable injuries and has never missed more than one game in a season. In 2017 Brees had one of his best seasons ever- statistically. Brees had on average the most yards per pass (8.09). He threw 386 on-the-money passes making his completion percentage 72% and setting an NFL record. He also added 23 touchdown passes for only eight interceptions.
There is a long list of achievements for Brees including a Super Bowl ring, 11 pro bowls, two offensive player of the year awards, Burt Bell Award, Walter Peyton Award and one All-Pro.
The 11-time pro bowler is all the all-time leader in passing yards with 70,445. This is partially because he is the only player to have five seasons with more than 5,000 yards.
Brees took the Saints all the way to the end in 2009 earning himself a Super Bowl ring. Last year, the Saints snuck into the post-season by taking a wild card spot. They lost in the divisional round to the Vikings on a last-effort play. WR Stefon Diggs dodged a tackle and ran it 61 yards for a touchdown.
The 2018 season could be a different story for New Orleans. Brees is getting better with age, and he has last year’s DROY (Marshon Lattimore) and OROY (Alvin Kamara) to help him out. With them, along with the sixth-ranked defense and star wide receiver Michael Thomas, the Saints could be well on their way to Super Bowl XLIII and Brees could have another unforgettable season.