When it comes to the GOAT discussion for quarterbacks, Drew Brees is somehow still under the radar.
However, the New Orleans Saints legend is forcing his way into the discussion as a result of the milestones he’s reached during his historic career.
Brees vaulted past Peyton 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.
In the final episode of our “9 For No. 9: A Champion’s Journey” series, we focus on Brees’ legacy. Heres a preview.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) October 13, 2018
Next on the list? The 500 touchdown club.
With his next touchdown, Brees will become just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach the mark.
Brees will have the chance to join Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady when the Saints visit the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
The Ravens are the lone NFL team Brees hasn’t defeated (0-4). With a victory, Brees will become just the third quarterback (Manning, Brett Favre) ever to defeat all 32 teams.
The Ringer made the case for why Brees deserves more attention in the G.O.A.T argument.
Their three reasons are that Brees is that he’s the most consistent QB ever, he’s done the most with the least and he’s unparalleled as a pure passer.
The Ringer notes that “There have been nine 5,000-yard passing seasons in the history of the NFL. Brees has five of them.”
2. Spreading the wealth
The Ringer points out that Brees has been successful without the luxury of top shelf offensive help.
“Brees has never played with a Hall of Fame–caliber wide receiver. Brady got Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski; Manning had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. Meanwhile, no Saints wide receiver made the Pro Bowl during Brees’s tenure until last season, when Michael Thomas did.”
3. He’s a Pure passer
The Ringer argues that the 6-foot Brees pound-for-pound extracts the most out of his frame with extraordinary precision.
“He isn’t very mobile, and his arm has never been the strongest in the league. But he is unflinchingly accurate.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) October 16, 2018
When Brees tosses that 500th touchdown, it’s going to be validation to all the undersized quarterbacks that heart matters more than height.
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