Drew Brees vs Dan Marino: Which QB Will Be More Revered?

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIDecember 27, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after throwing a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and breaks the single-season passing record in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Drew Brees has now surpassed Dan Marino's record for the most passing yards in a single season in NFL history. Inevitably, people are going to start looking at where Brees fits in the all-time conversation at the quarterback position. Personally, I think he will surpass Marino's achievements and be considered to have accomplished more than the long-time Miami Dolphins signal-caller when all is said and done.

Brees is in the middle of a remarkable season and with one game still to play the 32-year-old leads the NFL in attempts (622), completions (440), completion percentage (70.7) and yards (5,087). He also has 41 touchdown passes and just 13 interceptions and his passer rating of 108.4 is second in the league. It is arguably his finest season and should go down as one of the best by a quarterback in league history.

For his career Brees has thrown for 40,353 yards, completed 65.9 percent of his passes and boasts 276 touchdowns. He also has a career passer rating of 93.6 which is eighth all-time.

While Marino's numbers are impressive, I think based on what Brees has done over the past few years in New Orleans, the Purdue product will surpass the Dolphins by the time he retires. 

For his career, Marino threw for 61,361 yards and 420 touchdowns, while completing 59.4 percent of his passes. His passer rating of 86.4 is 17th all-time. 

The one thing Brees has to his credit that will always trump Marino is a Super Bowl ring. Marino has often been credited as the best player to have never won a ring, and that very well may be true, as his eight All-Pro selections would lead you to believe. 

At 32 years old and with a lot of football ahead of him I see no reason why Brees can't surpass Marino on the all-time quarterback list. Yes, comparing two guys from different eras is completely arbitrary, but thanks to his Super Bowl win I think Brees will generally be listed higher than the greatest player in Dolphins history.