Drew Brees

Drew Brees

Background

Drew Brees is a recognized legend within the N.F.L. His skills, unrelenting spirit, achievements, playful personality, and charitable spirit have endeared him to many football fans worldwide. Although not starting as glamorous as it is now, Brees has kept his head in the game throughout his career and emerged victorious every time. Born January 15, 1979, in Dallas, Texas, to parents Eugene Wilson and Mina Ruth, Brees has mixed ethnicities of Irish, Scottish, German, and Swiss roots.

Like most N.F.L. players, Brees started his athletic journey in high school. This Capricorn played for Westlake High School, but he considered playing college baseball instead. However, after an ACL tear in the 11th grade, college recruiters weren’t interested in Brees. Regardless, once his injury healed, Brees was selected as a high-value high school player in Texas in ‘96, and this is where it all began.

With all his high school accolades, Brees received two college offers, and eventually chose Purdue University in Indiana. It wasn’t until his sophomore year that he was given a chance to start at games. Brees was soon recognized as an adept player, especially after leading the Boilermakers against Ohio State and Michigan in 2000. As an exemplary athlete, Brees set two N.C.A.A. records in his college career, 19 Purdue University records, and 13 Big Ten Conference records. Brees even led the Purdue Boilermakers to their first Rose Bowl in 34 years. Hence, it is no surprise that he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers immediately after gaining his Industrial Management degree in 2001. From then on, Brees worked relentlessly until he became the star quarterback he is today.

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Brees was with the Chargers until 2005, before joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006, and this is where he began to surpass himself. In the 20 seasons that he’s played for the N.F.L., Brees has achieved unbeatable feats. These feats include nine playoff runs, seven division titles, three N.F.C. championships, and a Super Bowl title. The numbers don’t lie, which is why his N.F.L. impact is axiomatic. He’s been an unstoppable player, achieving feat after feat. Brees’ path to success might seem straightforward, but Brees has had his fair share of physical and professional challenges. This includes an ACL injury labeling him as being ‘too short for a quarterback’ during drafting season, as well as a shoulder injury. Brees has jumped many hurdles to become the highly celebrated athlete he is.