Drew Brees is known to be one the best quarterbacks of all-time, this is because he holds several NFL records, led the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl win in 2009, and was selected to 13 Pro Bowls throughout his career. On top of these achievements, he was also hailed as Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011. Besides being an all-time great quarterback, he is also known for his contributions off the field. Throughout his career, Brees has donated more than a million dollars to Purdue University and several non-profit organizations. In this article, we are going to know more about Drew Brees by listing down some interesting facts about him.
- Drew Brees’ uncle used to be Texas Longhorn’s quarterback – When Drew Brees was a high school quarterback, he had a lot to live up to. This is because his uncle, Marty Akins, used to be an All-Southwest Conference quarterback at the University of Texas. Aside from that, his uncle was a Texas High School Football Hall of Fame inductee as well.
- Drew Brees’ dad played college football – Drew Brees comes from an athletic family; aside from his uncle being a quarterback, his dad was also a famous college basketball player at Texas A&M. Aside from that, his mom was also an athlete when she was in high school. That is why it’s no wonder why Drew Brees became a talented multi-sport athlete.
- Drew Brees tore his ACL when he was in high school – Drew Brees did live up to everyone’s expectations when he was in high school. He managed to win 29 games when he was in Westlake High School; however, he had to overcome several obstacles to achieve all of those. One would be when he suffered an ACL injury when he was in his junior year. That event made him question if he would ever play the sport ever again. However, he still persevered and pushed himself until he was eventually recruited to play at Purdue University.
- Brees has a degree in industrial management – Most football players are mistaken for not caring too much about their academics and focusing more on their athletic journey while in college. But Drew Brees took his education seriously; he managed to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in management while playing four seasons at Purdue University.
- The San Diego Chargers drafted Drew Brees – We know that it’s not exactly a little-known fact, but it is often forgotten that the San Diego Chargers also drafted drew Brees before he became synonymous with the New Orleans Saints. The Chargers drafted Brees as their second quarterback during the 2001 NFL Draft. In fact, Brees even spent five seasons in San Diego.
- Drew Brees wears a No. 9 in honor of Ted Williams – Aside from being a fantastic quarterback, Brees was also a talented baseball player when he was in high school. Actually, he liked playing baseball so much that he picked the number 9 to as his jersey number as a nod to his favorite Boston Red Sox legend, Ted Williams.
- Brees was named Sport’s Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year in 2010 – When his team won the Super Bowl in 2009, Sports Illustrated named Bree’s Sportsman of the Year in 2010. The award has been given to sports legends such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Phelps, Muhammad Ali, and Serena Williams.
- Drew Brees has beaten all 32 teams – Brees was able to register his 500th passing touchdown in a 24-23 win against the Baltimore Ravens. However, that wasn’t the only achievement he got during that game. That win meant Drew Brees had defeated all 32 teams in the NFL.
- Drew Brees is also an author of a New York Times bestseller book – Even if there are several books written about Drew Brees and his accomplishments, none of them ever became as successful as his book that he wrote with Chris Fabry entitled Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity. The said book debuted at the number three spot on the New York Times Bestseller list back in 2010.