Meet The Black And Gold Quarterbacks: Drew Brees

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Meet The Black And Gold Quarterbacks: Drew Brees
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This is the final article in a three article series which profiled each of the three quarterbacks on the roster of the New Orleans Saints.

If the Saints had given out a player of the year award following the 2006 season, it would've went to Drew Brees.

If they had given out one after the 2007 season, it would've went to Drew Brees.

If they would've given one out after the 2008 season, Drew Brees would've gotten it for sure.

Frankly, he is the best player on the Saints' roster.

Under Brees and head coach Sean Payton, the Saints have led the NFL in offensive yards on several occasions.

Despite the fact that Brees wears contact lenses, he sees the open receiver on almost every occasion and usually sends a tight spiral right into that receiver's hands which usually brings a significant gain and sometimes, six points.

Drew Christopher Brees was born on Jan. 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas where he attended Westlake High School and in his senior season, he led the team to a perfect 16-0 season, the only undefeated season there to date.

He attended Purdue University and led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl. He finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1999 and third in 2000.

Brees, often considered as too short to be a productive quarterback at 6'0", was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick of the second round in the 2001 NFL Draft.

In 2004, the Chargers selected Eli Manning out of Ole Miss with the first overall pick but Manning was unhappy with the Chargers because he "didn't want to play for a losing team." The New York Giants had chosen North Carolina State's Phillip Rivers and soon Rivers was headed for San Diego and Manning for the Big Apple.

Rivers held out nearly all of that year's training camp and Brees became the starter once more.

After becoming a free agent following the 2004 season, the Chargers suprised many and placed the franchise tag on Brees, resigning him to a one year deal.

In the final game of the 2005 season, Brees injured his shoulder while trying to recover the football after fumbling it while being hit by Denver Broncos' safety Rob Jamison.

The injury sent Brees to the operating table of Dr. James Andrews and caused him to miss playing in his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

Meanwhile, the Chargers had denied Brees' demand of more money, so Brees, now a free agent, began to meet with other teams including the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins.

On Mar. 14, 2006, Brees signed a 6 year, $60 million contract with the Saints and promptly became the starting quarterback under brand new head coach Sean Payton.

The Saints, who had went 3-13 in the 2005 season with the lack of a home stadium due to Hurricane Katrina, had fired former head coach Jim Haslett and released former starting quarterback Aaron Brooks.

Brees did indeed recover from the shoulder injury and led the Saints to the NFC Championship game in Chicago where their run of destiny ended.

Brees made it to the Pro Bowl that season and many saw big things in store for the Saints the next season.

The lack of a good defense caused the Saints to finish the 2007 season with a record of 7-9, but the offense was once again in the top five.

In 2008, Brees fell 16 yards short of tying Dan Marino's record for most single season yardage but became only the second NFL quarterback to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season, second to only Marino.

In his career, the 6'0", 209 pounder has completed 2,334 out of 3,650 pass attempts for 26,258 yards, 168 touchdowns, and 99 interceptions.

Brees looks to lead the Saints on a Super Bowl run in 2009.

This article also appeared on http://www.saintspodcast.webs.com

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