New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees “Best in NFL”?

By Rodney Coe
New Orleans Saints Drew Brees
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Does the best QB in the National Football League play for the New Orleans Saints? Drew Brees is the engine by which the Saints go. Since coming to the Saints in 2006, he has never thrown less than 4,388 yards per season. Add to this his lowest TD year (2006) of 26 touchdowns, and you can see why Brees is an NFL top gun.

This past year tested Brees, and his character came shining through. The Saints posted a 7-9 record, down dramatically from the 13-3 they posted in 2011. Head coach Sean Payton had to sit out the season with “Bounty Gate,” yet Brees still threw for 5,177 yards and 43 TD. Brees remained true to the team and loyal to his head coach. With his leadership, the Saints remarkably made it through this difficult season.

To further the “Best in NFL” discussion, let’s do a comparison to another star that has played one more year than Brees, Tom Brady.

Brady has thrown for 44,806 yards, 334 TD with only 123 INT. Brees has played one less year and has 45,919 yards, 324 TD, and 165 INT. Of course, Brady has won more super bowls and has less INT, but the numbers are astonishingly close. Ask yourself, would Brady be as good without Bill Belichick?

I think it’s Brees off-the-field activities that make the case. He is all class — he exemplifies what is good, decent, and right in the NFL. But more than that, he is a great role model for all fans to follow.

His charity work has blessed many. The Brees Dream Foundation has been a tremendous charity, and he has done major charity work with Hurricane Sandy Relief and proven his character and leadership to the entire country.

Because of his on-the-field and off-the-field presence, I think Brees deserves the title “Best in NFL.”

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