The San Diego Chargers selected Drew Brees in round two of the 2001 NFL Draft. Brees started 58 games for San Diego from 2002-2005, had 79 touchdowns, 53 interceptions and a 30-28 record as a starter.
Brees also made the Pro Bowl during the 2004 season, which was the same year that San Diego traded Eli Manning to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers.
Brees tore his labrum during a game against the Denver Broncos in 2005 and was not expected to be the same.
After turning down San Diego’s five year deal worth $50 million because it was largely based on incentives, Brees signed a six year deal worth $60 million with the New Orleans Saints.
In his first year with New Orleans, Brees led the NFL with 4,418 passing yards to go along with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Brees would go on to lead the NFL in passing yards again during the 2008 season and was tied with Rivers for most TD passes with 34.
Brees led the NFL in completion percentage and TD passes in 2009, led the NFL in completion percentage in 2010 and led the NFL in completion percentage, passing yards and TD passes in 2011.
Rivers has been slightly better in the regular season since he took over for San Diego in 2006 because he has a 66-35 record while Brees is 63-37. However, the ultimate goal is to get to a Super Bowl and win.
Brees won a Super Bowl with New Orleans during the 2009 season and was named Super Bowl MVP. In his postseason career, Brees has 22 touchdowns and only four interceptions. In Rivers’ postseason career, he has eight touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Rivers played with a torn ACL in the AFC Championship game during the 2007 season, so this may have cost San Diego a potential Super Bowl.
In two games against the Chargers, Brees has seven touchdowns, one interception, completed 69 percent of his passes and averaged 355 yards per game in two Saints wins.
It is easy to play Monday morning QB and one cannot completely fault San Diego’s front office for giving up on Brees, but he continues to make the organization regret their decision.