Drew Brees NFL
Drew Brees’ sporting career spanned 20 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He has now surpassed Johnny Unitas’ 52-year record for the most consecutive games with a TD pass.
Drew Brees NFL Early Life
Eugene Wilson Brees II and Mina Ruth, both lawyers, welcomed Brees into the world on January 15, 1979 in Dallas, Texas, in the United States. His mother Mina died after taking an excessive amount of a prescribed narcotic in August 2009. He has a younger half-sister called Audrey and a younger sibling named Reid as a result of their father’s second marriage. Brees’ parents divorced when he was seven years old and chose to share custody of the boys, who now reside with both sets of parents. He participated in football at Westlake High School, where he contributed to the team’s 16-0 record and state championship.
Throughout his high school career, he completed 314 of 490 passes for 5,461 yards and 50 touchdowns, including 211 of 333 passes in his final season for 3,528 yards and 31 scores. After high school, he only received offers from Purdue and Kentucky, and he decided to attend Purdue over Kentucky because of its esteemed scholastic reputation. He played football for the Purdue Boilermakers while there. He won the Maxwell Award in 2000 for being the best athlete in the nation, and the NCAA’s Today’s Top VIII Award in 2001 for being a part of the Class of 2001. He is a part of the Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated with a degree in industrial management in 2001.
Drew Brees NFL Career
In the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft, Brees was chosen by the San Diego Chargers as the 32nd overall pick. He played his first professional game on November 4, 2001, against the Kansas City Chiefs, and finished the season with 221 passing yards and his first passing score of his career. He became a free agency after the 2004 season, and San Diego did not plan on signing him back. Eventually, after the club made him a franchise player and granted him a one-year contract, his pay was quadrupled to $8 million for 2005. The Chargers offered him a five-year, $50 million offer after the season, with a $2 million base salary in the first year.
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Brees and the New Orleans Saints reached a six-year, $60 million deal in March 2006. He had a successful first season with the Saints, ending with 4,423 yards. In July, Brees and the Saints came to terms on a five-year, $100 million contract. The agreement had the largest guaranteed amount in NFL history—$60 million. The entire payment for the first year of the agreement was $40 million. In March 2018, he and the Saints came to an agreement on a two-year, $50 million contract renewal that included a $27 million guarantee.
He finished the season with 364 completions, 489 attempts, 3,992 yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and five interceptions over the span of 15 games. Brees announced his departure from professional football in March 2021, exactly 15 years and 20 seasons after signing his first contract with the New Orleans Saints. On June 11, 2021, he was added to the Saints’ reserve/retired list. Brees married Brittany Dudchenko, the undergraduate sweetheart he had fallen in love with. The couple’s four children—three sons and a daughter born in August 2014—were born after their marriage in 2003.
Drew Brees NFL Net Worth
The net worth of Drew Brees is estimated to be a whooping $160 million.