Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been looked over or discounted in one way or another for most of his professional football career, largely in part to his now well chronicled stature.
After all Brees stands a claimed six foot even, according to the stat sheet from the Saints website, but the reality is he is closer to 5’9 or 5’10 than six feet tall.
Now having met Drew in person, and I stand a shade under six feet, I can clearly recall looking slightly down at him and thinking “Man, I thought he would be bigger than that.”
But that is exactly what people think when they meet him and inevitably what follows is questions of how can he see the field so well or how does he have the arm strength to get the ball deep down field.
Well he does and the answers to those questions are easy to find. All you have to do is look at the numbers he has put up since becoming a Saint in 2006.
He has thrown for 18,298 yards, 122 touchdowns and has averaged a combined passer rating of 97.85.
Brees had the second most prolific season of any NFL quarteback in 2008 when he threw for 5,069 yards, a mere 15 yards shy of Dan Marino’s NFL record of 5,084 set in 1984.
Greatness for a quarteback however is not measures on pure statistics and accolades alone, great quartebacks are measured by how many Super Bowls they have won.
If you stop to think about it the quarterbacks that stand out in your mind are the ones who have won multiple Super Bowls — Joe Montana (SB XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV), Troy Aikman (SB XXVII, XXVIII), John Elway (SB XXXII, XXXIII).
There is no escaping it for an NFL quarterback, your legacy is and always will be tied to how many Super Bowls you’ve won.
Brees has taken a franchise and turned it from the hapless Aints into the great Saints after guiding the team to it’s winningest season in franchise history (13-3) and first ever Super Bowl berth.
If he can win this Sunday against the Colts IN Super Bowl XLIV he will certainly become the greatest quarterback in Saints fracnshise history but more importanly a win would help solidify his case as one of the greats.
So heres hoping the 5’9, 5’10, 5″11, or six foot tall Brees finally get his dues and makes his mark on the NFL.
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