Although the New Orleans Saints were ultimately unable to secure the NFC South title and the no. 2 playoff seed in the NFC, there was still much reason to celebrate if you were a Saints fan. On his way to helping New Orleans secure a playoff spot, quarterback Drew Brees had himself a stellar day on the field yet again.
Brees, who at this point in his career has already locked himself in as a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer when the time comes, went 24-for-31 passing for 381 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran in another touchdown, making him a part of all five New Orleans scores against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
To date, 5,000 or more yards passing has only been accomplished eight different times, and Brees has done this four times in his career all with New Orleans. Also of note is that no other quarterback has thrown for 5,000 or more yards more than once, where as Brees has managed to accomplish this in the past three consecutive seasons.
These are some pretty impressive feats for a second-round draft pick out of San Diego that other teams were reluctant to give a chance to. Had Brees become the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins following his leaving the San Diego Chargers, their history may have looked a lot different than it does now. Thankfully, Sean Payton came to New Orleans, believed in Brees and gave him the opportunity he needed to succeed.
Whether you like him or not and whether you are a fan of the Saints or not, you have to recognize greatness when you see it — and on Sunday, Brees solidified himself as one of the greats.