Drew Brees

Born in Austin, Texas, Drew Brees had football in his blood before he even took a single snap. His uncle, Marty Akins was an All-American quarterback for the University of Texas and his grandfather, Ray Akins had the third most victories of any head coach in Texas high school football history. Brees continued that winning tradition in high school, where he led Westlake High School to a perfect 16-0 record and a state championship in 1996, crushing Abilene Cooper 55-15 in the championship game.

Brees then went on to Purdue University, where he became the most statistically dominant quarterback in Big Ten history. When Brees graduated he held Big Ten records for passing yards, touchdown passes, total offense, completions and attempts. He was named the Academic All-American Player of the Year in 2000, and won the Maxwell Award as college football’s most outstanding player. In addition to his impressive individual achievements, Brees led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten championship and their first Rose Bowl berth since 1967.

After graduating with a degree in industrial management, Brees was selected with the 32nd pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, where he played his first five years, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2004. In 2006, Brees joined the New Orleans Saints, improving their record by seven wins and earning All-Pro honors. In 2009, Brees led the Saints to their first ever Super Bowl victory.

Brees currently holds Saints franchise records in nearly every single passing category, is a four-time All-Pro, seven-time Pro Bowler and three-time NFC Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to a multitude of other awards and records.

Award Profile

Winner: The Maxwell Award - 2000

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