The Most Under-Appreciated Quarterback in NFL History
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Drew Brees has been on an absolute tear this season and is currently having one of the greatest seasons by a quarterback ever. He has thrown for 2964 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 1 interception while accumulating a passer rating of 126.9 in just 10 games. He is currently on pace to break the record for highest passer rating in a season and the best passing TD-Int ratio in a season. He has done this all while leading his team to a 9-1 record (tied for the best in the league) and a current win streak of 9 games. This win streak includes a recent thrashing of the Super Bowl champs by a score of 48-7.
Drew Brees looks poised to win the regular season MVP award for the first time in his career. His offence is on pace to break numerous records and go down as one of the most prolific offences in NFL history.
With all the media coverage that Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have been getting this season, you would think that this level of play from Drew has been newfound. You’d be wrong because Drew Brees has quietly been racking up records throughout his career while not getting the adequate recognition. Analysts always talked about Brady, Manning and Rodgers while Brees was constantly overlooked despite being equally as consistent and great as the aforementioned quarterbacks. This may be due to the overall success of his team, as the Saints have consistently possessed the worst or one of the worst defences in past seasons.
Drew Brees is a Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, the all-time NFL passing yards leader (73,409 yards), 2nd all-time in passing touchdowns (513 TD’s) and 3rd all-time in passer rating (97.8). Not to mention he’s 39 years old and only 6 feet tall which makes his current level of play more noteworthy. Drew Brees also owns the record for the most 5000-yard passing seasons (with five) while no other quarterback has more than one. To put into perspective how great Brees is, there have only been five quarterbacks in NFL history who have thrown for 5000 yards (Marino, Brady, Manning, Brees & Stafford).
Drew has paved the way for quarterbacks who are 6-feet and under such as Russell Wilson and Baker Mayfield due to his success. Proving the perception that short quarterbacks could not succeed in the league to be false. If Drew Brees leads his team to another Super Bowl and wins it this year, that will only further cement his legacy as a Mount Rushmore quarterback. I just hope that people begin to consistently give him the respect and appreciation that he truly deserves.