New Orleans Saints Passing Leaders – 3. Aaron Brooks (19,156)
Saints Quarterback from 2000-2005
After going in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Brooks eventually found his way to New Orleans in 2000 where he got into the action due to an injury to Jeff Blake and he didn’t relinquish the job for several years.
Brooks was the quarterback who won the Saints their first-ever playoff game, knocking off the defending champion St. Louis Rams in shocking fashion. Brooks became the guy in New Orleans from that moment on.
Unfortunately, he wouldn’t get NOLA back to the playoffs while in the Big Easy. In 2006, Brooks was released and a guy named Drew Brees was signed to take his place. Brooks signed with the Raiders and it did not go well. The Raiders were the worst team in the league that year and went on to draft Jamarcus Russell with the No. 1 overall pick, which made Brooks expendable once again.
After not hooking on with another team, Brooks’ NFL career was over. He finished his New Orleans career tossing for 19,156 yards, 120 touchdowns, and 84 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,410 yards and 13 touchdowns during his Saints career as well.