Drew Brees is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints and led the team to victory in Super Bowl XLIV.
Drew Christopher Brees was born in Austin Texas to Eugene Wilson "Chip" Brees II and Mina Ruth on January 15, 1979. He comes from a Football family, with his maternal grandfather – Ray Atkins – being hailed as one of the all-time great coaches in Texas high school football history, while his uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-Southwest Conference quarterback in 1975. His father has also played basketball, while his mother was a former all-state in three sports in high school.
Before becoming a huge name in football, Brees excelled in basketball and baseball during high school. Although, he preferred playing professional basketball over football, he really excelled at football and led his school’s football team to 16–0 record and state championship. He received offers to play college football from Perdue and Kentucky, of which he picked Perdue. His official NFL playing days started in 2001, when he was drafted. However, there are a lot of concerns over his height (he was considered short for a quarterback).
His height and mediocre arm strength resulted in him slipping out of the first round for drafting but he was the first pick from the second round and ended up with San Diego Chargers. He led the Chargers to the playoff and later left them to sign with the New Orleans Saints.
While the above is a short summary of his career, here are a few interesting facts about Brees, which you may or may not know.
- Brees ranks first in Saints franchise history in attempts, completion, completion percentage, passing yardage and touchdown passes.
- Brees ranks second among active players in passing yards (56,033) and touchdowns (396), behind Peyton Manning.
- Brees in only the third player in NFL history to throw for 40 or more touchdowns twice.
- Drew Brees shares his birthday with his first son (of four children).
- The career high number of touchdown passes Brees tossed on September 13, 2009 in a 45-27 season opening victory over Detroit.
- He accomplished the NFL-record stretch of consecutive games with at least 300 yards passing, twice.
- Brees ranks third all-time in the NFL for the number of regular seasons contents where he has thrown for 400 yards.
- He is good friends with Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Roger Staubach.
- He won state championship in high school, leading his team to a record victory of 16-0.
- He married his college sweetheart, Brittany Dudchenko in 2003.
- Is friends with retired quarterback, Archie Manning. The two of them have had a huge hand in helping New Orleans after Katrina.
- President Barack Obama appointed Brees to be the co-chair of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
- Brees became a published author when he released the book entitled “Coming Back Stronger” in 2010.
- Believes in philanthropy and has founded the Brees Dream Foundation to help cancer patients and raise awareness.
- He has two cool nicknames. His nicknames are “Cool Brees” and “Breesus.”
- Drew Brees was the cover athlete for Madden NFL 2011.
- In 2008, Drew was named AP Offensive Player of the Year.
- Drew wears contact lenses when he plays.
- Drew is allergic to dairy and wheat products.
- When he was young, Drew defeated Andy Roddick, twice.
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