Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL right now. He is a class act, has won a Super Bowl ring with the New Orleans Saints, and has created a legacy that few, if any, can duplicate both on and off the field. In Week 12 he added to that legacy on the field in a big way. He did so by moving up the all-time rankings for a quarterback in a very noteworthy category.
Brees did what many thought he would not after suffering a gruesome injury during his time with the San Diego Chargers. He broke Warren Moon‘s all-time passing record last night of 49,325 yards. He now has 49,566 total passing yards in his career.
He also appears likely to pass John Elway sometime early next season, who is fourth on the all-time list with 51,475 yards passing. If you do the math, this means that he needs less than 2000 yards passing to move into fourth place.
As if that were not impressive enough, he is currently on pace to lead his team to yet another division crown in 2013, with only the Carolina Panthers in the way of that distinction. Getting the win on Thursday was a big step toward accomplishing that goal.
Brees is a phenomenal player and is unquestionably a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He is a true legend, and it is not inconceivable that he may one day be at the top of nearly every major passing category in NFL history. He is a class act and there is nothing anyone can say that suggests otherwise. He truly deserves his place in Canton whenever he decides to retire.