For 10 years now, quarterback Drew Brees has been putting up mind-boggling numbers for the New Orleans Saints. Regardless of the talent around him, Brees consistently throws for 4,000 to 5,000 plus yards per season, and the sure-fire Canton-bound quarterback added two more accolades to an already praiseworthy resume.
In a thrilling 41-38 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday, Brees threw for at least 400 yards for the 16th time in his career, passing Peyton Manning for the top spot in NFL history. Perhaps even more impressive, however, was when Brees eclipsed 50,000 passing yards, becoming only the sixth player in NFL history (joining Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway, and Tom Brady) to throw for so many yards while playing for one single team.
Brees belongs in the upper-pantheon of quarterbacks with the likes of the ones mentioned above, and Sunday gave NFL fans another reason as to why. No one means more to their team than Brees, who, despite his lack of size, always gives the Saints a chance with his arm. Although the team has been down the past few seasons, his arrival to New Orleans brought them into championship contention right away. I’m not saying that Brees is the best quarterback of all time (although he’s in this article), but he his making a strong case to be a top 10 all-time quarterback without some of the physical attributes that others were blessed with. Cherish him while you can, Saints fans, because chances are you’ll never have another quarterback as perennially good as the one you have now.