Drew Brees
Professional American football player
Drew Brees
Andrew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He played college football at Purdue University. Brees has been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times in his career – with the Chargers in 2004 and the Saints in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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WATCH: NFL Star Drew Brees Surprises Middle-Schoolers
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The NFL player surprises the school children as part of the Verizon Foundation's campaign to encourage students to engage in technology.
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Ten players who should've made the Pro Bowl - ESPN
Google News - 2 months
ESPN Ten players who should've made the Pro Bowl ESPN The New Orleans Saints have allowed 29.5 points per game in their six victories this season, by far the highest figure in the NFL. They didn't claim those long-shot victories by accident. They won them largely because their quarterback, Drew Brees, has ... Lions Feel Slighted? Then Go Out and Beat the Cowboys!FOXSports.com Two Seahawks Make ESPN's '10 Players Who Should Have Made The Pro Bowl' ListSeahawks.com The 0-14 Browns have more Pro Bowl players than six NFL teamsCBSSports.com DallasCowboys.com -MLive.com -Comcast SportsNet Bay Area -Tribune-Review all 234 news articles »
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Fantasy football: The most important, must-read tips and takeaways from Week 14
Chicago Times - 3 months
For most owners, Week 14 of the NFL season marked the beginning of the fantasy football playoffs. Longtime fantasy owners know that a dominant regular season means absolutely nothing once the playoffs begin. Even the deepest rosters with superstars have so-so weeks; just ask Drew Brees owners about...
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Murder or self-defense argued in trial over ex-NFL star's killing
Yahoo News - 3 months
By Helen Freund NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The shooting death of retired NFL player Will Smith was an "execution," Louisiana prosecutors said in court on Tuesday, opening a high-profile murder trial in which the accused is seeking immunity under a "stand your ground" state law. Cardell Hayes, 29, is accused of gunning down Smith and injuring his wife in what prosecutors describe as a road rage incident. Celebrity athletes including Saints quarterback Drew Brees crowded into a courtroom to hear attorneys' opening statements in a case where the defense is arguing self-defense.
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Saints use trick play to add a little insult to their victory over Rams
LATimes - 3 months
The Rams already were embarrassed Sunday when the New Orleans Saints added a final blow. Early in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 49-21 loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped back and threw a lateral to his left to receiver Willie Snead, who had backpedaled from...
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Washington Redskins willing to use franchise tag on Kirk Cousins again
ABC News - 3 months
If the Washington Redskins cannot reach a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins before free agency opens in March, they will place the franchise tag on the quarterback, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN. Cousins is being paid a guaranteed $19.95 million in 2016 after he became the second quarterback to play under the franchise tag, joining Drew Brees in 2005 with the San Diego Chargers. In his fifth season in Washington, Cousins has the Redskins chasing a playoff berth at 6-4-1. He is fifth in the NFL in Total QBR this season and has thrown for 3,540 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He threw for 826 yards and six touchdowns in nationally televised games against the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys?over the past two weeks. The franchise quarterback tag for the 2017 season will be $23,943,600, but the source said the team knows it cannot afford to let Cousins walk and he is expected back in...
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Panthers build big lead, hold off Saints
Yahoo News - 3 months
(The Sports Xchange) - The Panthers scored on a few short drives after first-half mistakes by the New Orleans Saints, and Carolina held on for a 23-20 victory Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium. The Saints, who trailed by 20 points midway through the third quarter, pulled within 23-20 with 2:52 left on tight end Coby Fleener's 8-yard touchdown catch from Drew Brees, but didn't take another snap until the 14-second mark. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw for one touchdown, completing 14 of 33 passes for 192 yards without an interception.
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'Thursday Night Football' prediction: Saints win, Panthers looking to 2017 - CBSSports.com
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CBSSports.com 'Thursday Night Football' prediction: Saints win, Panthers looking to 2017 CBSSports.com The New Orleans Saints (4-5) visit the Carolina Panthers (3-6) on "Thursday Night Football" in a rematch of Week 6. The Saints won that game 41-38, thanks to a 465-yard passing day from Drew Brees and a 52-yard game-winning field goal from Wil Lutz ... Three wins. Saints. Playoffs. Panthers are in familiar territoryESPN (blog) Panthers hope improved defense slows down Saints QB BreesUSA TODAY Cam Newton says Carolina Panthers still 'full of fight' for NFL's Thursday night gameAL.com FOXSports.com -Yahoo Sports -SB Nation -Panthers.com all 342 news articles »
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Broncos stun Saints with blocked PAT return for wild win
Yahoo News - 4 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Denver safety Justin Simmons leaped over the center to block a potential game-winning extra point attempt and safety Will Parks returned it 84 yards for a two-point defensive conversion to lift the Broncos to a wild 25-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints appeared poised to win after Drew Brees threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks with 1:22 left at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, tying the score at 23, pending the extra point try.
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NFL report: Saints' Brees pins fall in TV ratings on Goodell
LATimes - 4 months
The Washington Post reported that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has placed the blame for NFL’s falling TV ratings on Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We feel like [the drop in ratings] is a direct result” of the mistrust fans have for Goodell and the NFL brass, Brees told ESPN. “I know...
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Saints 25, Seahawks 20: Saints Switch Gears and Grind Down Seahawks With Run
NYTimes - 4 months
Drew Brees wound up short of his typical passing numbers, but the Saints pulled out a victory they sorely needed to try to climb back into the N.F.C. playoff picture.
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Microsoft's Surface tablet deal with the NFL has been a disaster - Yahoo Sports
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Yahoo Sports Microsoft's Surface tablet deal with the NFL has been a disaster Yahoo Sports The Microsoft Surface tablet is so bad that the best coach in the NFL would rather use paper. At least that's the opinion of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who has the best record of any current active coach, and who speaks out so ... Bill Belichick is done with tablets, but not all of his Patriots players areESPN (blog) Bill Belichick may have given up on his Microsoft Surface — but Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are still fansBusiness Insider Microsoft responds to controversy about Surface and the NFLWinBeta Windows Blog all 104 news articles »
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Chargers can't hold 13-point lead, lose 35-34
LATimes - 5 months
Drew Brees led New Orleans to two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds to rally the Saints to a stunning 35-34 victory on Sunday against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, who blew a 13-point lead by committing two crucial turnovers.  Brees overcome two interceptions to win in his...
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Chargers can't hold 13-point lead, lose 35-34
LATimes - 5 months
Drew Brees led New Orleans to two touchdowns in the final 4 minutes, 50 seconds to rally the Saints to a stunning 35-34 victory on Sunday against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers, who blew a 13-point lead by committing two crucial turnovers.  Brees overcome two interceptions to win in his...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Drew Brees
  • 2015
    On November 1, 2015, Brees tied the NFL record of touchdown passes in a game with seven during a 52–49 Saints win over the New York Giants.
    More Details Hide Details In that game, he completed 39 of 50 passes for 505 yards. In Week 12, his streak of 45 consecutive games with a touchdown pass ended in a 24–6 loss at Houston. Two weeks later he surpassed Dan Marino for 4th in career touchdown passes as the Saints beat Tampa Bay 24–17. In Week 15 he became the 4th quarterback to reach the 60,000-yard milestone—in 215 games, the fastest ever—and had his 10th straight 4,000-yard season, plus his 94th 300-yard game, but the Detroit Lions won 35–27. A week later his streak was extended to an eighth straight season with at least 30 TD passes, plus his 95th 300-yarder, all NFL records, against Jacksonville. With a Week 17 win over Atlanta, Brees finished the season with four straight 300-yard games, for a career record total of 96, and a season total 4,870 yards passing, leading the league in passing yards for a record sixth time despite missing one game.
    On October 4, 2015, in the fourth week of the season, his 80-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller on the second play of overtime gave the Saints a 26–20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, and the team's first win of the season.
    More Details Hide Details It gave Brees 400 touchdown passes for his career, making him the 5th player in NFL history to reach the 400 touchdown milestone. Also, he became the fastest player ever to reach 400 touchdowns, doing so in 205 games. Brees also completed his 5,000th pass with a touchdown to tight end Josh Hill. It was the quickest regular season overtime win in the history of the NFL at 13 seconds.
  • 2014
    On October 19, 2014, Brees became the NFL's all-time leader in completion percentage at 66.21%, surpassing Chad Pennington.
    More Details Hide Details In a Week 15 game against the Chicago Bears, he extended his streak to an NFL-record 7th straight season with at least 30 touchdown passes and 9 straight seasons of 4,000 passing yards. However his streak of 5,000 passing yard seasons ended at 3, as he passed for 4,952 yards. Brees still led the league in passing yards although he was tied with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
    Brees' 2014 season began with a pair of games lost on game-ending field goals by the other team; in Week 2, in a 26–24 loss against the Cleveland Browns, he moved into fourth place on the career passing yardage list, ahead of John Elway.
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    Brees admits that the 2014 season was his "most frustrating."
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  • 2013
    Brees was selected to the 2013 Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Robert Griffin III.
    More Details Hide Details In Week 12, Brees passed Warren Moon for 5th place on the career passing yards list with 49,566. During Week 14, Brees became the fastest player ever to join the 50,000-yard club and only the fifth player to do so. He did it in 183 games, passing the 50,000 milestone in the fourth quarter of a 31–13 Saints win over the Carolina Panthers on December 8, in which he threw four touchdowns. Brees also extended his NFL record to a 6th straight season of at least 30 touchdown passes with 4,000 passing yards, his 3rd straight 5,000-yard season, and his 8th straight 4,000-yard season. The Saints finished with an 11–5 record and narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisionals, who went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • 2012
    Brees managed to finish the 2012 season with 5,177 passing yards and 43 touchdowns despite having the worst defensive support in the NFL, whose over 7,000 yards conceded was an all-time NFL record, and the team finished the season with a 7–9 record and missed the playoffs.
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  • 2011
    The 2011 season was a record-breaking season for Brees as he led the NFL in completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns, which is known as the "Triple Crown".
    More Details Hide Details He broke Dan Marino's 27-year-old record for most passing yards in one season (5,084) in the 15th game of the season (week 16) against the Atlanta Falcons at home in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a TD pass to Darren Sproles. Brees also set a new Saints franchise record for passing touchdowns in a season with 46. In week 2, Brees defeated the Chicago Bears during the Saints' home-opener for the first time in his career as a starting quarterback. With his first win over the Bears, Brees has defeated all NFL teams except the Baltimore Ravens. In a home game on December 4 against the Detroit Lions, Brees passed for 342 yards. Brees' performance gave him 4,031 yards on the season, making him the first quarterback in NFL history to eclipse the 4,000-yard mark in the first 12 games of a season, and the first quarterback to reach 4 consecutive seasons with 4,000+ yards and 30+ TD passes. In week 15 against the Minnesota Vikings, Brees threw for 412 yards with 5 passing touchdowns. Brees became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5 touchdowns, 400+ yards, and a completion percentage of 80% in a game.
    Brees was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl—fourth with the Saints—and was voted the number 9 NFL player of 2011 by his peers.
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  • 2010
    On December 17, 2010, he was named AP Male Athlete of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Within four short years after joining the Saints, Brees was more accurate in his throws than any of the Saints' past quarterbacks. Brees and his teammates were welcomed back to New Orleans with a blues band along with thousands of celebrating fans. In 2010, the Saints qualified for the playoffs as a wild card team with an 11–5 record, but were eliminated in the Wild Card round by the Seattle Seahawks, 41–36.
    Brees was named the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, both for his winning the Super Bowl and his charitable work towards the reconstruction of New Orleans.
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    In October 2010, Brees appeared in an It Gets Better video, where he gave an anti-bullying message in the wake of a series of suicides committed by gay teenagers.
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    In June 2010, President Obama appointed Brees to be co-chair of the newly renamed President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, along with former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.
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    When Sports Illustrated selected him for the 2010 Sportsman of the Year award, it said the award was "for not only leading the New Orleans Saints to the first Super Bowl title in the franchise's history, but also for helping lead the city of New Orleans' rebirth after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina".
    More Details Hide Details The fact that he and his family lived in New Orleans proper instead of the suburbs like many players did further endeared him to fans.
  • 2009
    Brees' mother, Mina Brees, died on August 7, 2009, aged 59 from a prescription drug overdose.
    More Details Hide Details The death was ruled a suicide. Brees was briefly excused from training camp for a "family matter".
    In the first game of the 2009 season against the Detroit Lions, Brees set a career-high and franchise-tying record with six touchdown passes, going 26 out of 34 for 358 yards.
    More Details Hide Details The next week, Brees led the Saints to a 48–22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, throwing for 311 yards and three touchdown passes. Brees also tied the record for most touchdown passes by the end of week 2 with 9. In week 6 against the 5–0 New York Giants, Brees completed 23 of 30 passes for 369 yards, 4 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 156.8 in a dominant 48–27 victory. In week 7, Brees led a dramatic comeback victory on the road against the Miami Dolphins, 46–34. The Saints quickly faced a 24–3 deficit in the second quarter, trailing for the first time all season at that point, and failing to score on their first possession as they had in all of their previous contests. Brees had a poor outing, but provided two crucial rushing touchdowns, one just before halftime to narrow the deficit to 24–10, and one in the third quarter to give the Saints their first lead of the game, 37–34.
  • 2008
    He was named FedEx Air Player of the Week for his performances during weeks 8 and 12 and was named the AP 2008 Offensive Player of the Year.
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    In 2008, the Saints again missed the playoffs but Brees had a strong year statistically, finishing 15 yards short of the NFL record for passing yards thrown in a single season set by Dan Marino in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the season with 5,069 yards and became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season. He passed for 300 yards ten times during the season, tying Rich Gannon's 2002 record.
  • 2007
    On January 13, 2007, in his first playoff game for New Orleans, Brees was 20–32 in passing attempts with 1 touchdown and no interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Louisiana Superdome.
    More Details Hide Details The Saints held on to win 27–24, and advanced to the franchise's first NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears. Though he completed 27 of 49 passes for 354 yards against the Chicago Bears, and two touchdowns, Brees committed three costly turnovers, and was penalized for an intentional grounding in the endzone, resulting in a safety, as the Saints lost 39–14. Brees dislocated his left elbow during the first quarter of the Pro Bowl. The following season Brees passed for 4,423 yards and tied a then team record with 28 touchdowns. He also set the NFL record previously held by Rich Gannon for pass completions in a single season with 440. However, the Saints missed the playoffs with a 7–9 record.
    On January 5, 2007, Brees was named first runner-up behind former teammate Tomlinson for league MVP by the Associated Press.
    More Details Hide Details Brees and Tomlinson were co-recipients of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.
    Brees was named starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2007 Pro Bowl.
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  • 2006
    In 2006, Brees described their relationship as "nonexistent" ever since he refused to hire her as his agent when he entered the NFL.
    More Details Hide Details After her death, Brees stated that this quote was three years old and that his relationship with his mother had been improving. In his autobiography, released almost a year later, he wrote that their relationship was on the mend and that she had been looking forward to her meeting his son; her first grandchild. In April 2010, Brees was voted by fans as the cover athlete of EA Sports Madden NFL 11 video game. Brees wears #9 on his uniform in honor of baseball player Ted Williams. Brees is sometimes known by the nicknames "Breesus" by Saints fans and "Cool Brees", which he acquired during his younger years for his calmness under pressure. From 2008 to 2014 Brees served on the Executive Committee of the National Football League Players Association. On March 30, 2010, Brees became the national spokesperson for AdvoCare International, a multi-level marketing company, which produces weight management, nutritional supplements, and personal care products.
    Brees signed a 6-year, $60 million deal with the Saints on March 14, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Brees had a productive first year with the Saints. The team, under first-year head coach Sean Payton, rebounded from its disastrous 2005 season (when the team was unable to play in New Orleans due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and struggled to a 3–13 record) to finish with a 10–6 regular season record and won the NFC South division title. Brees threw a league-leading 4,418 passing yards, finished third in the league with 26 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions and a 96.2 passer rating.
  • 2005
    He was selected as first alternate to the AFC Pro Bowl team for the 2005 season.
    More Details Hide Details He would have played in his second consecutive Pro Bowl due to the injury to starter Carson Palmer, but his own injury dictated that the AFC Pro Bowl roster would have to be filled by second alternate Jake Plummer. After the season, the Chargers offered Brees a 5-year, $50 million contract that paid $2 million in base salary the first year and the rest heavily based on performance incentives. Brees evaluated the incentive-based offer as a sign of no confidence by the Chargers and promptly demanded the salary a top 5 "franchise" quarterback would receive. After the Chargers refused to increase their offer, Brees met with other teams. The New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins were interested. New Orleans made an offer that included $10 million in guaranteed money the first year and a $12 million option the second year. Miami was unsure if Brees's shoulder was completely healed and doctors suggested the team not sign him because of the injury. The Dolphins ended negotiations and traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead.
    However, in the last game of the 2005 season against the Denver Broncos, Brees tore his labrum while trying to pick up his own fumble after being hit by Broncos safety John Lynch.
    More Details Hide Details Denver tackle Gerard Warren hit Brees while he was on the ground, causing the injury. Brees underwent arthroscopic surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, to repair the torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder on January 5, 2006. Subsequent reports mentioned additional rotator cuff damage and he also was treated by Dr. Saby Szajowitz to recover and regain muscle movement.
    Brees continued his productive play in 2005, as he posted a career high in passing yards with 3,576.
    More Details Hide Details Brees also posted an 89.2 rating, 10th best in the NFL.
    He was not traded and continued as the starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2005 season.
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    Brees became a free agent after the season and was not expected to return to San Diego, which had already committed a large sum of money to Rivers. The team eventually designated Brees a franchise player, giving him a one-year contract that quadrupled his pay to $8 million for 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Under the terms of the franchise player contract, Brees was eligible to be traded or to sign with another team, but the Chargers would receive two future first round draft choices in return.
  • 2004
    He was named 2004 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
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    The Chargers won the AFC West for the first time in 10 seasons and Brees was selected to the 2004 Pro Bowl.
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    Brees remained the starter throughout the 2004 season, where he started 15 games and led the team to a 12–4 regular season record.
    More Details Hide Details Brees posted spectacular numbers, completing 65.5% of his passes for 3,159 yards, with 27 touchdowns to only 7 interceptions, giving him a 104.8 passer rating.
    Brees' career with the Chargers was in jeopardy after San Diego acquired NC State's Philip Rivers after the 2004 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details With a looming quarterback controversy, Brees performed well through training camp and the preseason, while Rivers held out during training camp, essentially guaranteeing him the job to begin the season with Rivers as his backup.
  • 2003
    In 2003, Brees and his wife, Brittany, founded the Brees Dream Foundation to support cancer patients and research in memory of Brittany's aunt who died of cancer.
    More Details Hide Details Since Brees' move to New Orleans, the foundation has expanded to provide assistance for Hurricane Katrina rebuilding projects. The foundation continues to fund and support various programs in San Diego, California, where Brees usually spends his offseasons, and West Lafayette, Indiana, where the couple's alma mater, Purdue, is located and where Brees returns to visit yearly. Brees and his foundation have been heavily involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery. Drew and Brittany's Brees Dream Foundation announced a partnership in 2007 with international children's charity Operation Kids, to rebuild and restore and recreate academic and athletic facilities, parks and playgrounds, after-school programs, mentoring programs for the intellectually disabled, neighborhood revitalization projects and child care facilities in New Orleans. Brees also sponsors the Rebuilding thru Brotherhood program to invite fellow Sigma Chi members to the New Orleans community to build homes with the Habitat for Humanity.
    Brees married college sweetheart, Brittany Dudchenko, in February 2003.
    More Details Hide Details They have three sons: Baylen, Bowen, and Callen, and a daughter, Rylen. Brees moved to New Orleans not long after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Brees admits that it was tough moving to a city which was still in shambles from the hurricane; however, he and Brittany immediately fell in love with the culture and "soul" of the city. They purchased and renovated a home in Uptown New Orleans, where they still live. Brees admits in an interview that he thinks his family is now completed especially because three boys and one girl were always the couple's dream. All four children were born in New Orleans and are being raised there. The four priorities in Brees' life are faith, family, football, and philanthropy; otherwise known as the "four F's" by Brees. Brees maintains his offseason home in San Diego.
    After a disappointing start to the 2003 season he was replaced by Flutie, though he regained the job by the end of the season.
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  • 2002
    Brees started all 16 games for the Chargers during the 2002 season, leading the team to an 8–8 record.
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    He won the starting job over Doug Flutie during training camp before the start of the 2002 season.
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  • 2001
    Brees played in his first professional game on November 4, 2001 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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    Ultimately, Brees was the second quarterback, behind Michael Vick of Virginia Tech, selected in the 2001 draft, chosen by the San Diego Chargers as the first pick of the second round.
    More Details Hide Details San Diego originally had the first pick in that draft, but traded it to Atlanta (which drafted Michael Vick) in return for the fifth pick of the first round, with which San Diego drafted LaDainian Tomlinson.
    Brees' college success led to projections that he would be a mid-late first-round draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, but he slipped due to concerns about his relatively short stature for a professional quarterback (6'), a perceived lack of arm strength, and a sense that he had succeeded in college in a spread offense.
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  • 2000
    In 2000 he led the Boilermakers to memorable last-minute upsets against top-ranked Ohio State and Michigan en route to the Boilermakers' first Big Ten championship (shared with Michigan and Northwestern) in over three decades.
    More Details Hide Details The Ohio State game was replayed on ESPN Classic and is widely remembered for Brees' four interceptions and 64-yard touchdown pass to Seth Morales with 1:55 minutes remaining to seal a vital 31–27 win, prompting commentator Brent Musburger to exclaim "Holy Toledo!" and a post-game field rush afterwards. Due to head-to-head victories over Michigan and Northwestern, Purdue won the invitation to the 2001 Rose Bowl, Purdue's first appearance there since 1967, where Purdue lost by ten points to the Washington Huskies.
  • 1999
    He tied an NCAA record with the longest pass ever (99 yards), to receiver Vinny Sutherland against Northwestern on September 25, 1999 and held the NCAA record for pass attempts in a game (83) for fifteen years, until Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday broke it in October 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In 2009 Brees was inducted into Purdue's Intercollegiate Athletics Hall Of Fame. The Big Ten Conference's Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year award initiated in 2011 was named in his and Bob Griese's honor. He was named the Big Ten's best quarterback of the 1990s and ranked number 48 on the 2010 documentary Big Ten Icons, featuring the conference's top fifty student-athletes.
    Brees was also fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1999 and third in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details As a senior, Brees became the first Boilermaker since Bruce Brineman in 1989 to earn Academic All-America honors. Additionally he won Academic All-Big Ten honors a record three times, was initiated into Mortar Board and awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award. Brees also was awarded Purdue's Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication. Brees left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678).
    Brees was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player of 2000 and the NCAA's Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001.
  • 1996
    Westlake went 28–0–1 when Brees started for two seasons and beat a Dominic Rhodes-led Abilene Cooper 55–15 in the 1996 title game.
    More Details Hide Details Brees was given honorable mention in the state high school all-star football team and the USA Today All-USA high school football team. alongside former San Diego Chargers teammate and long-time friend LaDainian Tomlinson Brees had hoped to follow his father and uncle's footsteps and play for the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies but was not heavily recruited despite his stellar record. Brees only received offers from Purdue and Kentucky, ultimately choosing the former due to its highly rated academics. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in industrial management, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After a relatively uneventful freshman season, Brees was given his first start during his sophomore year by Boilermakers head coach Joe Tiller and became an integral part of Tiller and Jim Chaney's unorthodox "basketball on grass" spread offense, serving as offensive captain during his junior and senior years. He had the option to make himself available for the 2000 NFL Draft but chose to return for his senior year to complete his studies.
    After overcoming an ACL tear during his junior year he was selected as Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Westlake High School football team to 16–0 record and state championship.
    More Details Hide Details As a high school football player, Brees completed 314 of 490 passes (64.1 percent) for 5,461 yards with 50 touchdowns including, in his senior season, 211 of 333 passes (63.4 percent) for 3,528 yards with 31 touchdowns.
  • 1979
    Born on January 15, 1979.
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