Drew Brees officially announced his retirement on Sunday. His children posted the decision via Brees ’Instagram account. Drew Brees ’retirement is no surprise, but it’s a heavy loss for the NFL.
Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks on and off the field since the Chargers made him in 2001. Brees spent five years in the San Diego Chargers before joining the New Orleans Saints. Brees has spent the last 15 years of his NFL career with the Saints.
Let’s look at the last 20 years where Drew Brees he played and excelled as an NFL quarterback.
NFL: Drew Brees ’20-year NFL career
The Chargers from San Diego chose former quarterback Purdue Boilermaker Drew Brees with his 32nd overall pick in the second round 2001 NFL Draft. During his five years with chargers, Drew Brees completed 62.2% of passes for 12,348 passing yards. He added 80 passes and 53 interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints gambled with Drew Brees during the 2006 free agency period. Ever since Drew Brees teamed up with Sean Payton, his career has skyrocketed. In his first season with the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees threw 4,418 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
During the 2008-2009 NFL season, Drew Brees led New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl. He met Peyton Manning and brought home his first Super Bowl ring. In addition to his first Super Bowl Championship, Drew Brees was named Player of the Year for the 2008 NFL AP.
Let’s look at all the accomplishments Drew Brees has made during his 20 years in the NFL.
Drew Brees’ NFL career achievements and awards
– 2004. NFL AP Return Player of the Year
– 2006 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year
– 2008 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year
– NFL Bert Bell Award 2009 (Player of the Year)
– 2009 NFL Super Bowl MVP
– 2011 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year
– 10x NFL Top 100 players
Drew Brees was also selected in 13 NFL Pro Bowls, and was also selected to the 2006 All-Pro First Team team.
Drew Brees’ NFL career statistics
– Completed: 7,142
– Attempts: 10,551
– Completion rate: 67.7%
– Passable yards: 80,358 meters
– Touch: 571
– Interceptions: 243
Drew Brees also added 752 fast yards and 25 running touchdowns on 498 chasing attempts. Brees wasn’t known for his mobility, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing legs in the last 20 years. Drew Brees will fall as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play football.