Drew Brees is a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He joined the NFL in 2001 and has had a sensational career so far, breaking many records and winning several awards and trophies. Today, he is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Find out more details about him here including his wife, children, mom, net worth, body stats, etc.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Drew Christopher Brees was born on the 15th of January, 1979 in Austin Texas. He had his high school education at Westlake Highschool in Austin where he was a multi-sport athlete, lettering in football, baseball, and basketball. As a senior, he led his school to the Texas State 5A Championship Title in 1996 and was named the offensive player of the year.
For his college education, Drew Brees attended Purdue University where he had an outstanding career both on the field and in his academics. In 45 games for The Boilermakers, he completed 1,026 of 1,678 passes (61.1%) for 11,792 yards with 90 touchdowns, making him the all-time leader in Purdue and the Big Ten Conference in terms of passing yards, touchdowns, and completion percentage. He also threw for more than 500 yards from his sophomore season to his final season, making him the only player in the conference to achieve such feat in more than one season.
In recognition of his exploits, Brees was nominated for the Heisman Trophy as well as the Davey O’Brien Trophy in 1999 and 2000 and won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s most outstanding player in 2000. On the academic side, Drew Brees graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and manufacturing and was the first winner of the Socrates Award, given to the nation’s finest athlete in terms of athletics, academics, and community service.
Drew’s NFL Career
Drew Brees took part in the 2001 NFL draft and was picked by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round (32nd overall pick that year). In 59 games (5 seasons) for the Chargers, he completed 1152 of 1809 passes for 12,348 yards with 80 touchdowns and led them to the AFC West divisional title in 2004. Brees left the Chargers for the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in March 2006. The Austin native has been with the Saints since 2006 and has continued giving incredible performances from one season to the next, shattering several league records in the process. He has passed for over 4,000 yards in 12 straight years (2006 to 2017), making him the first player in the history of the NFL to do so. He has also passed for at least 5,000 yards in five different seasons (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016), another NFL record.
Drew Brees is also the fourth quarterback in the history of the NFL to record 500 career touchdown passes. Others are Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Brett Favre. He also holds the NFL record for most passing yards in a single season (5476 in the 2011 season), breaking Dan Marino’s 27-year record of 5084. Brees’ most memorable season for the Saints is unarguably the 2009 season. He completed 363 of 514 passes for 4388 yards and pulled off 34 touchdowns, leading the Saints to emerge the Super Bowl XLIV champions. In recognition of his exploits, Sports Illustrated crowned him 2010 sportsman of the year while AP named him the male athlete of the year. He was also named the Super Bowl MVP.
Till date, Drew Brees has completed 6435 of 9573 passes for 72,781 yards with 506 touchdowns. His 72,781 yards makes him the NFL’s all-time leader in terms of passing yards. He has a career passer (QB) rating of 97.4%. With all these amazing achievements, there is no doubt that he is destined for the NFL’s hall of fame.
His Net Worth
Drew Brees is reportedly worth $130,000,000. A majority of this comes from the lucrative football contracts that he has signed over the years. He also has endorsement deals with companies such as Nike, PepsiCo, Verizon, and Microsoft.
Brees is also quite a businessman as he has several outlets of franchise eateries such as Dunkin’ Donuts. The quarterback never hesitates to use his wealth to benefit others. Till date, his foundation has contributed not less than $25,000,000 to worthy causes all over the world.
Drew Brees comes from a family of four consisting of dad, Eugene Wilson Brees II aka Chip, mom, Mina Ruth Brees (now late) and younger brother Reid. Brees’ parents (who were both lawyers) divorced when he was seven.
The star hails from a family that boasts of a rich athletic heritage. His dad played college basketball at Texas A & M University while his maternal granddad, Ray Akins was a highly successful high school football coach. Also, Brees’ uncle, Marty Akins was equally a successful college football player.
Brees had a strained relationship with his mom due to a disagreement when he was drafted into the NFL. Their relationship was however on the mend but sadly, she passed away in August 2009 in a death that was later ruled to be a suicide.
Drew Brees Wife and children
Brees is married to his college sweetheart, Brittany Brees (nee Dudchenko). The pair, who started dating in 1999, tied the knot in 2003. They have four children together, a daughter named Rylen Judith and three sons – Baylen Robert, Bowen Christopher, and Callen Christian.
Asides his athletic prowess, Drew Brees is a man with a heart of gold as he regularly contributes his time and money to charitable causes. He played a prominent role in rebuilding efforts in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife also have a foundation known as the Brees’ dream foundation which helps less privileged children and families as well as assists cancer patients.
Height and weight
Brees is exactly 6 feet tall and weighs 209 lb (94.8 kg). For an NFL quarterback, Brees lacked the ideal height and arm length and this nearly scuttled his chances of being drafted. But with the stellar career he has had through the years, he has certainly proved his doubters wrong.