By JOSEPH QUESADA
Coming into his 13th year with the New Orleans Saints, having previously played five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, Drew Brees looks to continue his reign of being one of the top quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
According to Brees’s statistic page on the NFL website, the 39 year old entered the 2018-2019 season with 70,445 passing yards in his career, only needing 2,601 yards to break the all time passing yards record, which was held by Peyton Manning at 71,940 yards. In a game against the Washington Redskins during week six, Brees delivered a historic performance which helped him break the all time passing yards record and solidify him as one of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game of football. This milestone is just one of the impressive accomplishments in Brees’s career.
In week 10, Drew reached yet another amazing record, passing Brett Favre for 2nd in all-time touchdown passes with 509: the previous record set at 508. Brees only needs 30 more touchdown passes to pass the all time leader, Peyton Manning, with 539. At the rate he is going, Brees will be set to crack the record sometime in the next season.
Drew Brees is having one of the best seasons of his 18 year long NFL tenure. Brees leads the league in completion percentage with a 77.3 completion rate. This means that he delivers the ball to his target more than three-fourths of the time, which is an extremely impressive stat among even the top quarterbacks in the NFL with the average completion percentage in the league being around 65 percent. To put into perspective just how accurate Brees’s passing is this season, the previous record for completion PCT is held by himself at 72%, set in 2017. At the rate he is going right now, Brees will shatter his own record by more than a 5% differential, making him the most accurate QB in NFL history.
He is also making his case for league MVP, as he is on track to reach his 13th 4,000 yard season and 10th 30 touchdown season. All statistics and records aside, Brees is playing at a MVP calibre level, throwing the ball with precision and efficiency, while leading his team to a second straight NFC south title and playoff appearance.
Drew Brees’ historic level of play has been overshadowed in the past by other quarterbacks, such as Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning, as he is often lost in the mix and not appreciated among these other talents. This season, Brees has really separated himself from these big names and solidified his resume as one of the greatest QB’s to ever play the game. As the 2018-2019 season continues, Brees will look to take the New Orleans Saints into and through the playoffs, hopefully ending with a second Super Bowl title come February.
New Orleans Saints. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nfl.com/player/drewbrees/2504775/careerstats Data compiled by NFL staticia