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Jun 17, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees

Following a prolific career at Purdue, the San Diego Chargers took Drew Brees in the second round of the 2001 draft and sure didn’t either know or appreciate what they had, first benching him in favor of Doug Flutie and then drafting Philip Rivers, who immediately replaced him. And how many Super Bowls has Rivers won in San Diego? Just asking.

It was with the Saints that Drew Brees became Drew Brees – one of the NFL’s most prolific passers ever. He was the fastest to ever reach 40,000 and then 50,000 yards passing – the latter milestone he eclipsed in his 183rd game in the league.

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  • At just 36 years old, Brees can conceivably play for a few more years and he already ranks fourth on the NFL’s career passing yardage list – just behind Favre, Peyton Manning, and Dan Marino.

    Over the course of his 14 year (so far) NFL career, Brees holds a number of league records, among them are the most 5,000 yard passing seasons (4), most consecutive games with a TD toss (54), single season passing yardage leader (5 and counting), completion percentage leader, and single season completion percentage with 71.2 percent.

    Brees is also a nine time Pro Bowler, two time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Super Bowl Champion, as well as Super Bowl MVP.

    And given his numbers, Brees will add a bronze bust in Canton to his resume when his playing days are over.

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