The iconic name of a hero will forever be enshrined in the city of New Orleans and with the Saints. Drew Brees is more than a quarterback; he’s more than a family-man; he’s more than a philanthropist; he’s more than a teammate; Brees is quite literally a hero to an entire city.
Drew Brees and Sean Payton came to the city of New Orleans at one of the team’s lowest points in history, and the two of them proceeded to take the city by storm and raise the team to one of the highest points it has ever been at.
Drew Brees came to New Orleans in 2006 after playing five years with the San Diego Chargers, the team he was drafted to. After landing in the “Big Easy,” the quarterback’s life was about to become vastly different than in San Diego.
With the announcement of Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, we take a look at a 20-year career that will be told in Canton, Ohio, one day.
In just his third season dawning the black and gold, Brees lifted the team to their first-ever Super Bowl appearance against the Indianapolis Colts. He capitalized on his Pro-Bowl season with his first and only Super Bowl championship and Super Bowl MVP.
Throughout his 15 years in New Orleans, Brees accumulated 12 Pro-Bowl appearances and one All-Pro selection. He was also the 2004 Comeback Player of the Year and the 2006 Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner.
Brees won the 2008 and 2011 AP Offensive Player of the Year and the 2009 Bert Bell Award. During his tenure with New Orleans, Brees threw for over 68,000 passing yards and 491 touchdowns with only 190 interceptions.
Brees holds the Saints’ record for most passing yards, most passing completions, most passing touchdowns, highest completion percentage, most games played and highest passer rating among a plethora of season records.
Brees also holds the NFL record for most passes completed (7,142), most passing yards (80,358), and total offensive yards (78,119) among other notable NFL “most games with” and “most seasons with” records.
It is quite impossible to list all the NFL and team accomplishments that Brees has successfully done in New Orleans. It is even more impossible to tell of his impact on the city through disasters like Hurricane Katrina.
One thing is for sure, Drew Brees will go down as the greatest New Orleans Saints player ever, and his career is destined for Canton, Ohio. There will never be another one like No. 9.