Drew Brees: Darren Sharper Speaks the Truth Comparing Brees to Brett Favre

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IDecember 27, 2011

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Safety Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints warms up on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Who would you rather have leading your team in the final two minutes: Drew Brees or Brett Favre?

Darren Sharper, former safety for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, has already made his mind up.

On the heels of Brees breaking Dan Marino's record for passing yards in a season, Sharper would take Brees over Favre.

On SportsCenter on Tuesday, Sharper said, via Pro Football Talk:

With the game on the line I would have to go with Mr. Drew Brees, because we’ve seen Brett—who I love to death—throw the ball up in the air when anyone can make a play on it, intercept it, at the end of games. If you want to come down to a two-minute drill where you need a play for your team to win, you go with one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL, and that’s Drew Brees.

Brees has had a spectacular season for the Saints, who have gone 12-3 and clinched the NFC South on Monday night with a 45-16 stomping of the Atlanta Falcons.

In that game, Brees threw for 307 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. For the season, he's passed for a record 5,087 yards, while completing 70 percent of his passes en route to 41 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

This may be Brees' greatest regular season ever as a pro, yet he's gone rather unnoticed, overshadowed by the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and even fan favorite Tim Tebow.

Sharper is right to pick Brees over Favre when the game's on the line.

Of course, Favre had some tremendous performances late in games throughout his career, but there is no question he threw the ball up for grabs a lot, too. It was how he played the game, and while that style of play will earn him Hall of Fame honors, Brees distances himself from Favre when it comes to turnovers.

This isn't so much about Favre; it has more to do with the brilliance of Brees. Given the amount of times Brees puts the ball in the air, it's amazing that he's been able to keep his interception numbers this low.

And it has the Saints eying their second Super Bowl in three years.


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