The Bayou gunslinger from Austin, Texas, did it again Sunday night. Less than a year removed from the single season passing record of 5,476 yards, Drew Brees broke Johnny Unitas’ 50-year-old NFL record of 47 straight games with a touchdown pass. Sunday night against San Diego marked Drew Brees’ 48th straight game with a touchdown pass. In fact, Drew went ahead and threw three more just for safe measures.
Drew Brees is the man who will never buy a drink in New Orleans after delivering the Saints the franchise’s first championship in Super Bowl XLV in 2009. The Saints were a low franchise, going 42 years before their first championship. The city was in drastic need of a restoration after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. New head coach Sean Payton talked then-free agent Drew Brees into signing with the team over Miami in 2006 and since then, the two have created one of the NFL’s most dangerous pass attacks year after year.
Not bad for a quarterback “lucky” to be measured at 6’ tall. After going 28-0-1 as a starter at Westlake High School in Austin (TX), Drew earned Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player awards in 1996 but was only offered two Division-I scholarship offers because of his small size. He accepted Purdue University’s scholarship and went on to own Big Ten Conference records in passing yards, touchdowns, total offensive yards, and more. Despite his elite collegiate career, Drew fell to the second round in the 2001 draft because of his perceived lack of arm strength and height.
There’s a lot of teams regretting that draft day decision now. With the help of Sean Payton, Drew Brees revitalized the city of New Orleans and gave them hope again. After an off-season of Bounty Gate and overturned player suspensions, the team was spiraling out of control, starting 0-4. They needed a win at home this weekend. Drew delivered it in typical Saints fashion with his multiple touchdowns and the new NFL record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Hat tip to you Drew Brees on all that you’ve accomplished and all that you will accomplish before the career is done. Ignore the critics who said you were too small and continue to compete. It’s a helluva example you’ve set.