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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Most people don’t realize this but Drew Brees is 3rd all time in passing yards behind Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. Brees has 67,246 passing yards compared to Peyton Manning’s 71,940 and Brett Favre’s 71,838. When you have amassed that much production over your career it’s obvious you have a very special gift and Brees is the definition of a gunslinger. Those characteristics are holding true this season as well and the 10x Pro Bowler has had a hot start in 2017 throwing for 8 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The Saints currently have a 2-2 record so without Brees’ stellar play New Orleans would certainly be in trouble. Luckily though their veteran signal caller is still playing at a high level and you almost have to wonder when guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees are going to slow down? Brady is 40 years old and Brees is 38, yet both players absolutely dominant in the twilight of their careers. It’s safe to say both quarterbacks could play for another five years and if that happens it’s very likely Brees will end up with more passing yards than any other quarterback to ever play the game. Essentially that means Drew Brees could end up being the greatest QB to ever strap on the pads. He might not have the championships Brady has but stats wise Brees is on the cusp of being better than anyone. While that is definitely something the 17 year pro is aiming for, right now Brees has his eyes on winning the NFC South and getting back to the playoffs. Another Super Bowl victory would look great on the Brees’ resume but either way this has been one of the greatest runs we’ve ever seen. In many ways Brees is like the Dan Marino of today’s era in the sense that both guys were just lights out statistically. Keep in mind though Drew Brees has hoisted a Vince Lombardi Trophy while Dan Marino never got to achieve that feat.
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