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Drew Brees High on the List of NFL.com’s ’25 Best All-Time QB’s’

NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has published a piece on the ‘Top 25 All-Time QB’s in the NFL’ and as one would expect Drew Brees of the Saints has made the list.

The one-time Charger and now Saints QB who is a sure fire Hall of Famer five years after he steps away from the game comes in at number six of all-time.

You can read what is written about Brees below, and you can check the entire list clicking HERE.

Much like Marino, Brees has made a living producing gaudy numbers. Many in the football business think he’s been underrated, partially because his record 74,437 passing yards have come in workmanlike fashion. Brees is not the imposing presence Cam Newton is. He doesn’t have Aaron Rodgers’ arm. Although a nice-looking athlete, Brees has never been the GQ cover-boy-type like Tom Brady or a young Joe Namath. All he does is produce, year after year. Brees is pro football’s version of duct tape: good for every occasion, durable, and the most reliable (football) thing on the planet. Just as my neighbor Elmer could cure all manner of ills with a bit of duct tape, think of all the Saints’ deficiencies Brees has masked over the years. Now that New Orleans has a squad, and head coach Sean Payton can call on the run game for more than just a dash of paprika, Brees missed throwing for 4,000 yards last season for the first time since 2005. Of the 11 5,000-yard seasons in NFL history, he has posted five of them. Brees’ career has been about unmitigated, unstoppable production. He’s like the Ford Motor Company of the 1920s. If Brees is not as slick as Namath in pantyhose, he’s easier to root for. Considered too short to go in the first round, and allowed to walk out of San Diego without a contract to make way for Philip Rivers, all Brees has done is provide a steady current of wins, Pro Bowls, and now, NFL records. While Payton has played a massive role in Brees’ development as a future Hall of Famer, the latter’s ability to move within the pocket has been the secret to his success. Marino, Brady and Brees are the all-time Jedi masters at feeling pressure, then making the subtle movements to ensure the ball finds its intended recipient.

Stat you need to know: The fact that Brees has finished ahead of all comers in passing yards seven times, a league record, doesn’t validate the uniqueness of his production. Rather, it’s how often Brees has reached numbers that other greats either never do or rarely do. For example, while he has passed the aforementioned 5,000-yard-barrier five times, no other player has managed that total more than once. He has completed over 70 percent of his passes four times, and no other player has surpassed that number more than one time.


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