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Analyzing Drew Brees’ Path to the 500 Club

Check off another Drew Brees milestone.

With his one-yard touchdown to Benjamin Watson in the second quarter vs. the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints legend became just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach the 500 touchdown mark.

Brees joins Manning, Favre and Tom Brady in the exclusive 500 Touchdown Club.

Brees vaulted past Manning (71,940) into the top spot for career passing yards during a Monday Night Football matchup vs. the Washington Redskins on Oct. 8.

In his dozen years at the helm in New Orleans, Brees has a Super Bowl MVP, 10 Pro Bowl appearances and is the NFL’s record holder for career passing yards, career completions and highest career completion percentage.

CST created an infographic based on the details from Pro Football Reference to put into perspective just how incredible the journey has been for Brees leading up to this monumental moment.

Brees’ first touchdown was to Freddie Jones during his rookie year for the then-San Diego Chargers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Nov. 4, 2001.

In total, Brees has thrown touchdowns to an astounding 63 different players, led by Marques Colston (72), Jimmy Graham (51), Lance Moore (38), Robert Meachem (25) and Antonio Gates (23).

Brees is definitely a primetime player, with 50 of his touchdowns on Monday Night Football.

Brees has tossed his most touchdowns vs. Saints’ division rivals Tampa Bay Buccaneers (51), Atlanta Falcons (49) and Carolina Panthers (44).

The clutch Brees has 128 touchdowns in the fourth quarter and one touchdown in overtime.

In terms of distance, Brees has thrown 120 touchdowns from 4-9 yards, 117 touchdowns from 10-19 yards, 109 touchdowns from 30 or fewer yards, 92 touchdowns from three or fewer yards and 61 touchdowns of 20-29 yards.

Overall, Brees has 419 touchdowns as a member of the Saints and 209 touchdowns on the road.

While all the individual numbers are epic, more meaningful to Brees is guiding the Saints to a second Super Bowl title.

If that happens, the noise for him being the G.O.A.T. will grow even louder.