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Brees Passes Manning As All-Time NFL Career Passing Yards Leader

It was a special night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football when they took down the Washington Redskins with a 43-19 score. Quarterback Drew Brees officially crossed into NFL history as Brees became the NFL’s leader in career passing yards with a total of 72,103 passing yards accounted for. Last Monday, Brees passed Peyton Manning’s career passing yards of 71,940 with a 62-yard touchdown pass to rookie Wide Receiver Tre’Quan Smith.

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The sports world all celebrated Brees’ incredible milestone on Twitter bringing into the discussion as one of the greatest Quarterbacks of all-time. In 18 seasons in the NFL (13 with the New Orleans Saints), Brees has completed 6,344 passes (1st all-time) from 9,455 passes (2nd all-time, 1st actively) for 72,103 yards with a 67.1 completion percentage (1st all-time) for 499 touchdowns (4th all-time), 228 interceptions (16th all-time), a 283.56 passing yards per game (1st all-time) and a 97.1 passer rating (4th all-time).

This amount of accomplishment as a Quarterback in a highly competitive is due to Brees’ consistency as a passer, strong arm, incredible accuracy, and poise in his progressions as a passer. So far in his career, Brees has accounted for five seasons where he has accounted for 5,000 yards passing season. There have been other Quarterbacks in the league, both past and present, that have only passed for 5,000 yards once. Brees is an 11-time Pro Bowler, 3-time 1st team All-Pro, a 2nd-team All-Pro in the 2011 season, a Walter Peyton Man of the year in 2006, the NFL comeback player of the year in 2004, a 7-time NFL season leader in passing yards, and a 4-time NFL season leader in touchdown passes. He also has the NFL single-season record for the highest completion percentage of 72%, which he accomplished last season for the Saints. Brees help led the Saints to their only Super Bowl with a 31-17 victory over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in February of 2010.

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So far this season in 5 games, Brees has passed for 148 completions out of 190 attempts (a completion percentage of 77.9%) for 1,658 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Brees and 3rd year Wide Receiver Michael Thomas already set an NFL record this season for most completions through 3 games in a season with 38 completions. Brees is a Quarterback who generally shares the ball to multiple Receivers. This season WR Michael Thomas, WR Ted Ginn Jr., RB Alvin Kamara, and now rookie WR Tre’Quan are now the playmakers for the Saints that can get open so easily in Head Coach Sean Payton’s offense. Brees is also accuracy with the ball because of the way he analyzes the field and where the destination of his passes will be.

Drew Brees has thrown to many talented and elite Wide Receivers, Tight Ends, and Running Backs in his 18 years in the league. In his time with the San Diego Chargers, Brees has thrown to RB LaDainian Tomlinson (254 receptions for 1,750 yard and 6 touchdowns), WR Kennan McCardell (97 receptions for 1,255 yards and 9 touchdowns), and TE Antonio Brown (180 receptions for 2,279 yards and 23 touchdowns). Brees has played with many great players who have either played their conclusive seasons with the Saints or they were drafted and groomed by the Saints. As a Saint, Brees has thrown to RB Reggie Bush (294 receptions for 2,142 yards and 12 touchdowns), WR Pierre Thomas (327 receptions for 2,608 yards and 12 touchdowns), TE Jimmy Graham (383 receptions for 4,725 yards and 51 touchdowns), and WR Marques Colston (706 receptions for 9,709 yards and 72 touchdowns). In the past few seasons, Brees has created a special connection to WR Michael Thomas (242 receptions for 2,901 yards and 17 touchdowns), who is 5th leading Receiver in yards thrown by Brees and RB Alvin Kamara (119 receptions for 1,179 yards and 6 touchdowns).Image result for drew brees

What is amazing is how Brees fully recovered from a torn labrum he suffered at the end of the regular season in 2005 with the Chargers. After major reconstructing surgery in the offseason including additional work on his rotator cuff, the Chargers were hesitant to give Brees the money he felt he deserved as a top-5 franchise Quarterback. After he went into free agency, the Miami Dolphins passed on him for Dante Culpepper thus giving the Saints the chance and money Brees deserved. The Saints were rewarded with the amazing, consistent playmaking ability of Brees followed a few NFC Championship appearance and a Super Bowl title. Brees has brought the Saints organization out from the below-average teams in the league and made them a consistent Super Bowl contending team with an outstanding young cast.

There is one major record that Brees can accomplish soon with this season or next season. The NFL passing touchdown record is currently held by Peyton Manning with 539. Brett Favre is next in line with 508 passing touchdowns and current New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has 500 passing touchdowns. Brees has 499 passing touchdowns and needs this game against the Baltimore Ravens this weekend to be over 500 touchdowns. With two full years left on Brees contract with the Saints, Brees can pass Manning with some competition with Brady as well.

The Saints are consistent threats this year to many NFC teams and are currently on top of the NFC South division with a 4-1 record. The Saints are serious contenders to reach for the Super Bowl this season after they played very well in the NFC Divisional Round against the Minnesota Vikings last season. New Orleans will be on a bye week this weekend fir for week 6 of the NFL after their Monday Night Football victory over the Washington Redskins. The following Sunday, they must travel to face the Baltimore Ravens (3-2), who are still fresh off their embarrassing loss to the Cleveland Browns in overtime. The Ravens are considered favorites according to ESPN’s Power Football Index but the Saints are ultimately the most consistent, thanks to the consistent and high-power arm of Drew Brees.

 

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