American football quarterback Drew Christopher Brees, famously known as just Drew Brees, currently plays for the National Football League franchise New Orleans Saints. He started making his mark in American football since his college days. He became the most decorated athlete in the Big Ten Conference history. Besides, he holds 2 NCAA records with 13 Big Ten Conference records. Moreover, he made 19 Purdue University records during his time.
Brees became a starter for the Chargers in 2002 and quickly helped the team to secure their place in the Pro Bowl in 2004. However, he suffered a horrible shoulder dislocation followed by labrum and rotator cuff tear. Those injuries made his life at Charger shorts and he became a free agent in 2006. He then joined New Orleans Saints and helped them to secure their first appearance in the Super Bowl XLIV. He also helped the team to secure Super Bowl over the Indianapolis Colts.
Starting from most career pass completion to most career passing yards, from highest career completion percentage to highest career touchdown passes, he holds numerous records in NFL. Besides, he made 13 Pro Bowl appearances and became the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Brees also became the Offensive Player of the Year twice and NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2004.
Drew Brees Biography and Stats
|Full Name||Drew Christopher Brees|
|Nickname||Hurricane Drew, Cool Brees, Breesus|
|Date of Birth||15th January 1979|
|Place of Birth||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Place of Resident||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Height||6 feet (1.83 meter)|
|Weight||209lbs (95 kg)|
|Father Name||Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II|
|Mother Name||Mina Ruth (née Akins)|
|Wife Name||Brittany Dudchenko|
|Children Name||Bowen Christopher Brees, Baylen Robert Brees, Callen Christian Brees (Sons), Rylen Judith Brees (Daughter)|
|High School||Westlake High School|
|NFL Draft||2001 NFL Draft (Second Round 32nd Overall Pick)|
|Teams||San Diego Chargers (2001–2005), New Orleans Saints (2006–present)|
Drew Brees High School Career
He started playing flag football for his school team during his time at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Besides, he also played baseball, basketball, and American football during his time as a varsity letterman. However, he then considered playing baseball rather than opting for American football in his college days. He then tore his ACL and concentrated on football instead. Shortly after, he started playing for the Texas High School.
During his time at Texas, he became the Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996. And then, he led Westlake High School to achieve the state championship. He also made an unbeatable 16-0 winning record at that time. Brees made a sensation in the global media during that time after completing 314 passes out of 490 pass attempts with a completion percentage of 64.1 percent.
He also achieved 50 touchdowns with 5,461 passing yards. The all-star football team of the state high school named her as an honorable mention. Besides, he also achieved his place in the All-USA high school football team of USA Today. He then tried to follow the legacy of his family and tried to play for either the Texas A&M Aggies or the Texas Longhorns. Despite his unmatched records, both the universities rejected him.
Drew Brees College Football Career
Brees took admission to the renowned Purdue University due to its high-rated academic structure. He became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and completed his graduation in industrial management in 2001. He achieved his first starter in his college team during his sophomore year under head coach Joe Tiller. The then served as the offensive captain of the Boilermakers in both his junior and senior years.
He had an option to go for the 2000 NFL Draft and chose to stay at college instead. Brees then had a 64-yard touchdown pass along with 4 interactions in the ESPN Classic. He also led his university to have a head-to-head win over both Michigan and Northwestern University to secure their place in the 2001 Rose Bowl. Shortly after, he achieved his place as the best quarterback in the Davey O’Brien Award 1999.
As the most outstanding player in the nation, he won the Maxwell Award in 2000. Besides, NCAA also gave him the prestigious Today’s Top VIII Award in 2001. He then became the second only player after Bruce Brineman to achieve an Academic All-America honor. Besides, he also achieved the All-Big Ten honors in three consecutive years. During his time with the Purdue, he not only made 2 NCAA records but also established 13 Big Ten Conference records.
Drew Brees San Diego Chargers Career
San Diego Chargers took him as the second round 32nd overall pick during the 2001 NFL draft. However, he was the second quarterback behind Michael Vick of Virginia Tech to be drafted that year. Shortly after, he made his NFL debut in a week-8 game against Kansas City Chiefs on 4th November 2001, although that game became the only NFL regular-season game for his rookie year.
He then achieved his first starter ahead of Doug Flutie on 19th August 2002. And since that game, he started for 16 consecutive NFL games. Brees completed 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions along with 284 passing yards in the 2002 NFL season. And after his regular appearance in the 2003 NFL season, he became the permanent starter of the Chargers and started 15 games in 2004 NFL season. He also achieved the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2004.
In that same year, he also achieved his place in the Pro Bowl. After becoming a free agent following the 2004 NFL season, Chargers offered him a one-year contract worth $8 million for the 2005 season. And after that, they offered a five-year contract worth $50 million to Brees. However, that contract was solely based on a performance-based salary with just $2 million base pay.
Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Career
Brees signed a six-year contract worth $60 million with one of the most successful NFL teams, New Orleans Saints, on 14th March 2006. That deal guaranteed him $10 million in the first year and $12 million in the second year. Shortly after, he achieved his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award after his three-touchdown stint against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 5th November 2006. He then achieved his place in both the Pro Bowl and First-team All-Pro in 2007.
Brees, along with Tomlinson, won the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award in 2007. In the following season, he became a part of the NFL Players Association’s Executive Committee and remained there till 2014. He then played a miraculous stint in the 2009 NFL season and achieved his place in the Pro Bowl. Maxwell Football Club also gave him the Bert Bell Award that season. He also achieved the runner-up spot in the All-Pro awards.
Brees led New Orleans Saints to the Super Bowl XLIV and defeated Indianapolis Colts by a 31–17 score on 7th February 2010. He completed 32 passes on that game and achieved the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. For his amazing performance in the 2010 NFL season, Sports Illustrated named him the Sportsman of the Year 2010. Associated Press then also gave him the Male Athlete of the Year on 17th December 2010.
Drew Brees NFL Career
He achieved his place among the NFL Top 100 Players for the first time in 2011. Besides, he also secured his fifth Pro Bowl appearance that season. He achieved the ‘Triple Crown’ in 2011 season while leading passing touchdowns, passing yards, and completion percentage. Brees became the first player in NFL history to complete 4,000+ yards in just 12 games. He completed a total of 031 yards on the 2011 NFL season.
Brees signed a five-year contract extension worth $100 million with the Saints on 13th July 2012. That contract included $60 million guaranteed money with a $40 million guarantee in the very first year. Shortly after signing the new contract, he replaced one of the most handsome quarterbacks, Robert Griffin III, and achieved his place in the 2013 Pro Bowl. He became the fastest player to complete 50k yards in NFL in the 14th week of the 2013 NFL season.
Brees surpassed Chad Pennington and became the all-time leader in completion percentage at NFL with his 66.21% completion. He touched that feat in a game against Detroit Lions on 19th October 2014. Shortly after, he became the first player to complete 100 games with more than 300 passing yards on 23rd October 2016. He then signed another two-year contract extension worth $50 million on 13th March 2018.
Drew Brees Recent Career
He threw touchdown passes to 15 different NFL players in a single season and became the only NFL player to achieve such feat. Brees had a marvelous stint in the 2019 football season and became the second player in the list of NFL Top 100 Players of 2019. During that season, he completed 27 touchdowns with 2,979 passing yards. Besides, he had completed 4 interceptions in that NFL season.
Besides, he also finished second, just behind Patrick Mahomes, in the NFL MVP award. He also completed an unbelievable 74.34% completion percentage on that season. Brees completed a touchdown and an interception with 208 yards in the NFC Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings. Recently on 17th March 2020, he signed a two-year contract extension worth $50 million with the Saints.
Drew Brees Childhood and Family
Born on 15th January 1979, Brees is the first child of his father, Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II, and his mother, Mina Ruth. He grew up in Dallas along with his younger brother Reid. His father Chip Brees played for the Texas A&M Aggies men’s basketball team before starting his career as a trial lawyer. And his mother, Mina, was an all-state in three sports during her high school career. Besides, his mother was also a reputed attorney.
His parents divorced when Brees was just seven years old. Mina, his mother, died of a prescription drug overdose at the age of 59 on 7th August 2009. His younger brother Reid played as an outfielder for the Baylor Bears baseball team and participated in the 2005 College World Series. Brees also has a half-sister from his father and stepmother, Amy Hightower. Interestingly enough, his grandfather fought in the historical Battle of Okinawa.
Drew Brees Wife and Children
After dating his long-time girlfriend for a few years, Drew Brees married his college sweetheart, Brittany Dudchenko, on a private occasion in February 2003. The couple now has four kids together. Their first son, Baylen Robert Brees, was born in January 2009 followed by their second son, Bowen Christopher Brees, in October 2010. Their third son, Callen Christian Brees, was born in August 2012 followed by their daughter, Rylen Judith Brees, in August 2014.
Drew Brees Business and Other Works
He signed a deal with “Chili’s Grill & Bar” to promote their newly-introduced hamburgers in February 2008. He then assigned to co-chair the newly-formed ‘President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition’ by then-US president Obama in June 2010. In that same year, he co-authored with Chris Fabry to publish his first book ‘Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity’ on 6th July 2010.
Shortly after the release, his first book achieved its place in the bestseller list of the non-fiction category of The New York Times. It achieved the number-3 spot on the list. A multi-level marketing company called AdvoCare International then appointed Brees as their national spokesperson on 30th March 2010. That company mainly produces healthcare supplements and personal care products in the United States.
Brees purchased a 25% stake of the Baton Rouge-based sports bar called “Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar” in May 2015. Besides, he now also owns nine Jimmy John’s stores. His tenth store is currently in progress and will open pretty soon. He started his association with ‘San Diego Surf Sports’ in 2019 to work on the youth sports scene in the San Diego Surf Sports. Brees also co-founded a new restaurant with Brandon Landry in March 2019.
Brees Dream Foundation
He founded the ‘Brees Dream Foundation’ with his wife, Brittany, in 2003. They established that organization mainly to help cancer patients as a tribute to his wife’s very close aunt who died of cancer. His foundation also worked in the Hurricane Katrina rebuilding projects after Brees’s family moved to New Orleans. However, the organization also continued to support several charitable works in San Diego.
Brees Dream Foundation started its association with an international children’s charity called ‘Operation Kids’ in 2007. That partnership worked towards the goal of establishing academic as well as athletic facilities in New Orleans. They also worked for rebuilding playgrounds and parks after the devastating Hurricane Katrina. Brees currently also sponsors ‘Rebuilding through Brotherhood’ program of his Sigma Chi fraternity to build homes for the homeless.
Drew Brees net Worth
According to the recent financial reports, the current net worth of Drew Brees is estimated to be around $120 million as of 2020. He recently signed a two-year contract extension with the Saints worth $50 million on 17th March 2020. However, he also earns quite a good amount of money for his endorsement deals and sponsorship tie-ups with several reputed multinational companies.
Brees signed his first NFL contract, a 6-year deal worth $60 million, with New Orleans Saints in 2006. That contract had a $22 million signing bonus. And since then, he signed several contract extensions with the Saints. Before signing his most recent contract in 2020, he signed another two-year contract extension worth $50 million in 2018. In 2020 alone, he has earned more than $50 million through his salary and endorsements.
Drew Brees Awards
Besides winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2004 and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2006, Brees has several accolades under his name till 2020. Some of the most notable among those are as follows:
- Super Bowl XLIV MVP
- Pro Bowl – 13 Times
- First-team All-Pro 2006
- Second-team All-Pro – 4 Times
- NFL Offensive Player of the Year – 2008 and 2011
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year 2010
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year 2010
FAQ Regarding Drew Brees
Who is Drew Brees?
Drew Brees is an American football player currently playing as a quarterback for the National Football League franchise New Orleans Saints. He also played for the NFL franchise San Diego Chargers. Besides, he also played for Purdue University during his college football career.
What is Drew Brees net worth?
The current net worth of Drew Brees is estimated to be around $120 million as of the 2020 NFL season. He earned around $50 million in 2020 alone through his salary and endorsement deals. Besides, he also signed a two-year contract extension with $50 million with the Saints on 17th March 2020.
How old is Drew Brees?
Drew Brees is 41 years old as of 2020. He was born on 15th January 1979 in the Dallas area of Texas, United States. He grew up with his younger brother Reid Brees. They spent their time with their parents until Drew became 7 years old. After that, their parents got divorced.
How tall is Drew Brees?
Drew Brees is 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall. With 209lbs (95 kg) weight in the 2020 NFL season, he has quite an athletic figure to easily dominate his opponents. At the age of 41, he is extremely fit and runs super fast.