Drew Brees just won an ESPY award for "Best Record-Breaking Performance." Congratulations to him!
Drew was up against Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Golfer Lexi Thompson and Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera as nominees. But back in late June when nominations were announced, I called a Brees victory a slam dunk.
Brees was also up for "Best NFL Player" against Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski,Lions WR Calvin Johnson, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
Most people are well versed on the identity of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees — a favorite among the “Who Dat Nation”. Fans aren’t nearly as familiar with his beautiful wife Brittany Brees. We’re about to rectify that with a few facts and a photo gallery.
Drew’s wife was born Brittany Dudchenko. They met at Purdue where they attended college and were married in February 2003. Drew joined the Saints in 2006, prompting the couple to purchase and renovate a home in Uptown New Orleans. They have a son Baylen Robert Brees who was born on January 15, 2009 — on his father’s 30th birthday.
The couple is becoming increasingly known for their charitable endeavors.
As an infant, Drew had a large birthmark on his right cheek. His parents, Mina and Chip, discussed removing but decided against having an procedure performed.
Football was an integral part of the Brees family culture. Drew’s grandfather, Ray Akins, was a legendary high school coach in the Lone Star State. His mother’s brother, Marty Akins, was the starting quarterback for the University of Texas during the Earl Campbell era. Both of those jobs sounded pretty good to Drew. So while other children were playing with Hot Wheels, he was dreaming about a career as a football player and coach.
Drew excelled at every sport he tried, but he was particularly good at football, baseball and basketball. Drew enrolled at Westlake High School in 1993. As any fan of the "Friday Night Lights" franchise knows, high school football in Texas is serious business, played by kids with serious talent. A number of players in the Chaps' league went on to star in college and the NFL, including Ladainian Tomlinson. Drew would later play in the same backfield as Tomlinson during an All-Star Game.
Purdue and Big Ten Conference career leader in passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692) ... Purdue leader in career completion percentage (.611) ... ranks second in school history with 132.5 passing efficiency mark and 45 interceptions ... tied for 14th with 14 rushing touchdowns and tied for 16th with 16 non-passing touchdowns (14 rushing and two receiving) ... only quarterback in Big Ten history with two 500-plus passing yards ... has school records of seven, 400-plus-yard passing games, 16, 300-plus-yard passing games and 27, 250-plus-yard passing games ... Purdue leader in career rushing yards among quarterbacks (900) ... on NCAA career lists (which do not include bowl games) ranks fourth in attempts (1,525), fourth in completions (942), fourth in total offense (11,815), ninth in passing yards (10,909) and tied for 11th in passing touchdowns (81) ... named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week eight times (tied with Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne for most-often in conference history).
2001: The beginning
Drew Brees was selected by the San Diego Chargers in April's NFL Draft, the first pick of the second round. The Chargers had gone 1-15 the year before. And no, Drew didn’t balk about playing there, unlike Eli Manning in 2004. Brees was the second quarterback taken in the draft. The first? Michael Vick, selected first overall by Atlanta...2002: A chance to start
With Brees as its starter, San Diego won six of its first seven games before losing its final four en route to an 8-8 season. Brees started all 16 games and threw for 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
I really thought this Drew Brees thing was going to go down to the wire. In fact, I had made up my mind to write an article sometime today entitled, "Wake me up at 3:01 on Monday." Fortunately, Brees and the New Orleans Saints came to their senses with a cool 74 hours and 30 minutes to spare.
Brees contract details
As often happens in contract negotiations, the two sides compromised from their previous offers. Drew Brees' reported last request was $20.5 million per year. The Saints' last offer was for $19.25 million per year. New Orleans and Brees eventually agreed on $20 million per year, or $100 million over five years.
Drew Brees: Career Highlights HD
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During the Saints widely watched Monday Night Football victory over the Atlanta Falcons, “Drew Brees Scar” was one of the most searched topics online.
The “scar” on his face is actually a birthmark.
Earlier in the year, the birthmark was the subject of embarrassment for Oprah Winfrey, who thought it was lipstick during Brees’ appearance her show.
The Brees Dream Foundation was founded in 2003 with a mission to improve the quality of life for cancer patients, and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.
Brittany and Drew Brees and the Brees Dream Foundation have collectively committed and/or contributed more than $11,000,000 to charitable causes and academic institutions in the New Orleans, San Diego and West Lafayette/Purdue communities.
It ended in Miami Gardens with Brees standing atop a gridiron altar to accept the Pete Rozelle Trophy as the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV after his near flawless performance led the New Orleans Saints to their first world championship.
They elected a new mayor in New Orleans on Saturday.
They will crown a new king of Carnival next week.
But New Orleans is and forever will be Brees' town. He'll never buy another drink, never purchase another meal and never pay another parking ticket.
Drew Brees has broken the NFL record for yards passing in a season, surpassing a mark that had stood since Dan Marino set it in 1984. Brees topped Marino’s record of 5,084 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Darren Sproles on Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons.
Brees entered the game with 4,780 yards, needing 305 to set the record. He has passed for 300 yards or more an NFL-record 12 times this season — with one game still to play.
Brees threatened Marino’s record once before in 2008, when he finished with 5,069 yards, making him and Marino the only quarterbacks to pass for 5,000 yards in a season.
When the New Orleans Saints signed sore-armed Drew Brees in 2006, eyebrows around the league were raised. No other team believed that the former Pro Bowl quarterback would return to the field as good as new. Oh, ye of little faith. Drew proved to be a savior for the Saints, lifting the team to its first NFC title game—and then its first NFL championship. In the process, he became a symbol for a broken city’s comeback. By playing smart football, Drew inspired millions of fans around the NFL—and elevated himself to status of the Big Easy's most popular passer since Archie Manning.