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Is Drew Brees The Greatest QB Ever?

Drew Brees made NFL history, yet again, during Sunday night’s victory over his former team the San Diego Chargers. While most sports fans, and especially Saints fans, realize how great Drew Brees truly is, I have the feeling that the man is often snubbed.

Search for any top or best quarterbacks ever and you probably won’t see Drew Brees included. While I realize that he has received numerous accolades over his career, I feel that he’s often overlooked. I also realize that making these kinds of lists are incredibly hard. Especially when there are guys named Montana, Young, Elway, Manning, Brady, Marino and Favre to include. But, there’s definitely room for Drew Brees to be included in any and every best QB ever list. In fact, I’m making the argument that he should be in at least the Top 10 of those lists and here’s why.

An Inspiring Leader

When we think of the greatest quarterbacks in history we mention men who can not only be a leader, but also inspire their team. Think of Ray Lewis. Despite what we feel about him, he’s without doubt the leader of the Ravens. Drew Brees, without doubt, is the inspiring leader for the Saints. We could talk about how he does it, but we think this video pretty much sums it up.

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Championships

Of course being named a top QB in a history means that you were able to lead your team to a championship. And, Drew Brees did that already. But what about the folks that say he only has one Super Bowl ring? Steve Young. Peyton Manning. Brett Favre. They all have a single Super Bowl victory. But, let’s not forget about Dan Marino. He was one of the best ever and has zero rings to show for it. So, while winning the Super Bowl is important, it’s not everything. But, if it does matter to you, then Drew has already been there and done that.

Accomplishments

The top players in history should also have amazing stats and have accomplished unimaginable feats. Is Drew Brees in there? Absolutely. Besides being a Super Bowl MVP, he’s had a number of other career highlights that include:

Records

Should a greatest player ever have NFL records? We think so. So, here’s what number 9 has done thus far:

  • Most consecutive games with at least 1 TD pass – 48
  • Single season passing leader – 5,476 yards (2011)
  • Highest completion percentage, season – 71.2% (2011)
  • Most Seasons with 5000+ passing yards – 2 (2008 & 2011)
  • Most completions in a season – 468 (2011)
  • Most 400+ completion seasons, career – 4 (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Most consecutive 400+ completion seasons, career – 2 (2007-2008; 2010-2011)
  • Most consecutive 350+ completion seasons, career – 6 (2006-2011)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 4000+ passing yards – 6 (2006-2011; tied with Peyton Manning)
  • Most consecutive seasons with 4000+ passing yards and 30+ Touchdowns – 4, 2008-current
  • Most games with 5+ touchdown passes, career – 7
  • Most games with 5+ touchdown passes and no interceptions, career – 5
  • Highest completion percentage, career, for players with 2,500+ attempts – 65.94% (3,613/5,479)
  • Most seasons with 70% pass completion rate (minimum 100 attempts per season) – 2 (2009 & 2011)
  • Most games with 30+ completions and 80% pass completion rate, career – 4
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate, career (minimum 20 attempts per game) – 12
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate and no interceptions, career (minimum 20 attempts per game) – 10
  • Most games with more than 80% pass completion rate, season (minimum 20 attempts per game) – 3 (tied with Ben Roethlisberger and Brett Favre)
  • Most games with more than 70% pass completion rate, season (minimum 20 attempts per game) – 10 (2011)
  • Most games with more than 70% pass completion rate and no interceptions, career (minimum 20 attempts per game) – 33
  • Most games, 250+ yards passing, season – 16 (2011)
  • Most 300+ yard passing games in a season – 13 (2011)
  • Most consecutive 300+ yard passing games – 9 (2011 – present)
  • Most consecutive 300+ yard passing games (regular season and postseason combined)– 11 (2011 – present)
  • Most games, 350+ yards passing, career – 29
  • Most games, 350+ yards passing, season – 8 (2011)
  • Most TD passes over 70+ yards – 13 (2006-present)
  • Most consecutive games with 350+ yards passing – 4 (Weeks 3,4,5,6; 2011)
  • Most passing yards in a season in away games – 2,852 (2011)
  • Most consecutive 400+ yard passing games – 2 (postseason games 2012) – tied with several other players
  • Most consecutive games with 450+ yards passing – 2 (postseason games 2012)
  • Most games with 400 yards passing and no interceptions, career – 6 (4 regular season, 2 postseason)
  • Most games with 20+ completions, season – 16 (2010 & 2011)
  • Most consecutive games with at least 20 completions – 41 (2009 – present)
  • Most games with 30+ completions, season – 9 (2011)
  • Most games with 30+ completions, career – 29
  • Most games with 30+ completions and no interceptions, career – 14
  • Most games with 39+ completions, career – 3 (1 regular season, 2 playoff games)
  • Most passing completions per game, career – 23.4 comp/game
  • Most passing attempts per game, career – 35.5 att/game
  • Most passing attempts per game, postseason- 43.56 att/game
  • Most passing yards per game, career – 263.7 yards/game
  • Most passing completions per game, season – 29.25 comp/game (2011)
  • Most passing completions per game, postseason – 29.1 comp/game
  • Most passing yards per game, season – 342.25 yards/game (2011)
  • Highest post-season completion percentage, career – 66.8%
  • Lowest post-season interception percentage, career – 1.02%
  • Highest average passing yards per game in postseason- 331.1 (9 games)
  • Most completions in a Super Bowl – 32 (Super Bowl XLIV; tied with Tom Brady)
  • Most completions in a playoff game – 40 (at San Francisco, 1/14/2012)
  • Most pass attempts in a playoff game with zero interceptions – 60 (at Seattle, 1/8/2011)
  • Most pass completions in a playoff game with zero interceptions – 39 (at Seattle, 1/8/2011)
  • Most passing yards in a playoff game with zero interceptions – 466 (vs. Detroit, 1/7/2012)
  • Most consecutive pass attempts without an interception during the playoffs – 226 (January 21, 2007 – January 14, 2012)
  • Most Consecutive Playoff Games, 2+ Touchdown Passes – 7 (2006 – present) (tied with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana)
  • Most Playoff Games, 400+ yards passing – 3 (2011-2012)(Consecutive)
  • Most Consecutive Playoff Games, 450+ yards passing – 2 (2012)
  • Best Passing Touchdown to Interception ratio in postseason – 5.5-1 (22 TD Passes – 4 interceptions)
  • Best Completions to Interception ratio in postseason – 65.5-1 (262 Completions – 4 interceptions)
  • Best Passing Yards to Interception ratio in postseason – 745-1 (2,980 Passing Yards – 4 interceptions)
  • Best Passing Touchdown per Game Average, Postseason – 2.444 (22 TD Passes/9 postseason games)
  • Most consecutive postseason games with 30+ pass completions- 4 (2/7/10-present)

In case you didn’t notice, or read all those records, Brees has surpassed records previously held by Dan Marino – All-time single season passing yard leader (5,476) – and Johnny Unitas. Also, Brees is number seven on the all-time list of players with the most TDs during a regular season and tenth on the passing yards list. Since he’s got plenty of gas in the tank, he’s bound to move up on those lists.

Hopefully, I’ve made my case that Drew Brees hands down belongs in everyone’s Top 10 quarterback list. I’m not saying number one, but he deserves to be included with the legends of football. The man has definitely proved himself.

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