On New Year’s Day, Drew Brees passed for more than 5,000 yards in a single-season for the fifth time in his career against the Atlanta Falcons. No other quarterback in the history of the NFL has been able to pass for 5,000 yards in a season more than once.
In his final game of the season against the Falcons, Brees needed 142 yards to reach that 5,000 mark. He would pass for 341 yards in the game and ended the season with a total of 5,199 yards.
Brees has had a more than exceptional career in the NFL and is truly worthy of receiving a gold jacket when he retires. He’s a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, MVP, and is well known for his tremendous charity work in the city of New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
In March of 2006, Brees went on to sign with the New Orleans Saints after a decent five years with the San Diego Chargers. Brees would become the starting quarterback immediately, but he was uncertain of how his time in New Orleans would be spent. Two years later, Brees would pass for just over 5,000 yards in a single-season and be the first to do so since Dan Marino in 1984.
Other quarterbacks began to follow suit of Brees by reaching the 5,000 milestone such as Tom Brady in 2011, Matthew Stafford in 2012, and Peyton Manning in 2013. However, what’s more amazing, is that Brees would pass for over 5,000 yards the same seasons as each of these quarterbacks.
According to the Times-Picayune, Brees threw for more yards than Brady and Stafford. But, his 5,476-yard season would be just shy of Manning’s 2013 record by one yard.
The 37-year-old quarterback doesn’t know what his plans are for the near future but is expecting to go with whatever is presented in front of him. With one year left on his contract, Brees will look to play out his final year and not negotiate a contract extension at this time.
“‘And so I plan on playing that out and just allowing things to take form and take shape here for next year and putting forth my absolute best effort to help us win a division championship and then a world championship,’” Brees stated to Sean Wagner-McGough of CBS when asked about this decision.
Brees talked with ESPN Staff Writer Mike Triplett and said that one of his goals is to get better with age. Brees will look to the offseason in making improvements wherever in his game, big or small.
“‘That’s my goal every year is to get better in some way, to evaluate my performance from the year before during the offseason and try to make improvements wherever I can,’” Brees said to Mike Triplett of ESPN.
Brees has certainly been looked upon as the most underrated of the top-tier quarterbacks at this time. One of the reasons comes from the Saints team not having a winning season since 2013, which was also Brees’ last time reaching 5,000.
However, this will not stop Brees from looking to what’s ahead. Brees has proven to the entire NFL fan base that he plans to be playing into his 40s, something not many quarterbacks are able to do. He looks forward to making the improvements he needs to make in the offseason and hopes to reach the playoffs and win a world championship with the Saints next season.