5 Great Moments in New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Career
Whenever top NFL superstars are mentioned, Drew Brees’ name is always among them. He is often compared to legendary NFL quarterbacks, including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Dan Marino, just to name a few. The Dallas-born quarterback has amassed numerous accolades both on and off the field.
Bet you’re wondering what has made Drew Brees such an inspiration. Here are five great moments that prove why Drew is among the best quarterbacks in NFL history. With the news of his retirement announcement, the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will be one of the following moments on this list.
Welcome to Nola 2006: Drew Bree’s Debut Season
Drew showed flashes of great things to come in his debut season, with 26 touchdowns and 4418 passing yards to his name.
Paired with the new Saints coach, Sean Payton, the dynamic duo went on to take the Saints to greater heights. Although initially doubted, Drew put his doubters to rest by helping the team finish the season with an improved 10-6 record from the previous 3-13.
Not bad for a player coming off a shoulder injury, right?
Face off with Former Team San Diego Chargers, 2008
This match was a bittersweet victory for Drew Brees, who got a taste of revenge against his former team, who dropped him due to his shoulder injury.
This match was also an impressive feat for him as he was able to surpass Johnny Unitas’s 47 game touchdown passing record streak. Drew completed three touchdowns, 334 passing yards during the game, and got a 129-quarterback rating.
With Drew’s help, the New Orleans Saints managed to eke out a victory after winning 37-32.
2009 Super Bowl XLIV
This match was between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints won 31-7.
The talisman managed 288 passing yards, two touchdowns, and 32 pass completions. Drew’s brilliant play helped the Saints bag their first league championship. He also won the prestigious Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award and the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
2015 Saints vs. New York Giants Game
This historic crash dubbed the ‘Superdome duel’ was a head-to-head encounter between Drew Brees and Eli Manning. This quarterback duel resulted in a record 14 touchdowns, with Brees setting up a whopping seven touchdowns. Thanks to Brees’s efforts, the Saints won 52-49.
But Drew Brees wasn’t the only highlight of the match. The match ended in an epic last-minute comeback after Kai Forbath made the 50-yard kick.
Reopening The Superdome.
Hurricane Katrina brought so much devastation. So many people lost everything in New Orleans. People need inspiration. Drew was heavily involved in the rebuilding efforts of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. The entire Saint organization gave the city hope that better days were ahead.
On September 25, 2006, the Saints returned home to the Superdome for the first time in more than a year to face the Atlanta Falcons. The energy in the stadium was electric from pregame to the final whistle.
Off Field Accolades.
What draws Drew Brees apart from other NFL greats is his philanthropic nature. He has involved himself in many charitable projects, including setting up the Brees Dream Foundation, whose primary goal is to improve cancer patients’ quality of life.
Along with his contribution to multiple charities. The selfless endeavors have enabled him to earn numerous awards, including the Bart Starr Award.
Thank You, Drew Brees
These are just a few moments in the Hall of Fame-worthy career of Drew Brees. One that has and will continue the current and next generation of athletes by taking care of business on and off the field. His competitive nature has enabled him to scale the NFL’s heights and become one of the greatest quarterbacks in the game.
We look forward to seeing you honored in Canton when the time comes and the continuation of your achievements off the field.