On the Field
Few players in the era of NFL free agency can rival the impact that Drew Brees has made on the Saints since arriving in 2006 from the San Diego Chargers – leading the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIV and being named the contest’s MVP, earning league Offensive Player of the Year honors after three seasons, Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year in 2010, being named to the Pro Bowl ten times and shattering league and team passing records. He ranks among the league’s elite quarterbacks, becoming the first player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in 12-straight campaigns – including an NFL-record five 5,000-yard passing seasons. Brees has also set single-season NFL records since joining the Saints in 300-yard passing games (13, 2011), completions (471, 2016) and completion percentage (72.0%). His streak of 54 consecutive games with a touchdown pass from 2009-12 shattered a mark that had stood since 1960.
In October 2018, in front of a Monday Night Football audience, Brees broke the NFL’s all-time passing record. After handing the football over the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Brees was joined by his four children: Rylen, Bowen, Baylen and Callen. The world was included in a poignant and personal moment when cameras showed him embracing his family and saying “Hey boys, how about that, huh?” and continuing on, “I love you guys so much. Hey, you can accomplish anything in life you’re willing to work for, right? I love you boys. I love you.”
That season he also set records all-time completions completing 364-of-489 passes (74.4%) for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns and a career-high 115.7 passer rating with only five interceptions over 15 starts. He also carried 29 times for 24 yards with a career-high four touchdowns. He surpassed his own NFL single-season mark for completion percentage. He owns four of the top five completion percentage totals in NFL record books.
Brees’ record as a starter for the Saints is 125-80 (.610) in the regular season and 8-6 (.571) in the postseason, easily making him the winningest signal-caller in all-time team annals. Brees also has thrown for over 300 yards in a league-record 115 games, including a league-best 16 contests with over 400. Overall in his 18-year NFL career, he’s completed 6,586-of-9,783 passes (67.3%) for 74,437 yards, 520 touchdowns and a 97.7 rating. He’s the NFL’s all-time yardage record holder and most accurate passer, ranks first in completions, second in touchdown passes and he’s third in passer rating.
Off the Field
A pillar of the community, Brees has received numerous accolades and awards for taking a leadership role off the field in the Gulf South community and beyond.
Brees, who came to New Orleans in March of 2006, made an immediate impact on not only the Saints organization but also the community surrounding the team. The season prior to his arrival was disastrous, not only because of the Saints dismal 3-13 record, but the tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Through the Brees Dream Foundation, which was started in 2003 with his wife Brittany, Drew immediately became involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery and in 2007 announced a partnership with Operation Kids in an attempt to rebuild and recreate academic facilities as well as parks, playgrounds, athletic centers, after school and mentoring programs. By revitalizing and restoring child care projects and facilities in New Orleans, Brees instantly became a fan favorite and hero throughout the city.
Since the inception of his NFL career, Brees has never shied away from public appearances for the benefit of others. His foundation was created only two years after his first NFL start and he has worked with multiple companies serving in public service announcements that relate to charity and community improvement. The Brees Dream Foundation was founded in 2003 and is a reliable source of charitable funding globally. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education, and opportunities for children and families in need. Since their inception, the organization has contributed over $25,000,000 to charitable causes globally.
Drew Brees continues to be a favorite amongst not only those in New Orleans and those down south, but for all football fans alike. His charisma and passion on the field is equally matched within the community.
Drew and Brittany Brees are proud residents of New Orleans and are blessed with four children, three boys – Baylen, Bowen and Callum, and a daughter Rylen.