On January 14, 2018, Saints quarterback Drew Brees hit the 40-year-old milestone. At this age, most Americans are out of their prime and are planning for retirement. However, this is quite the opposite with Brees. At age 40 he is undoubtedly the best player in the NFL at his respective position. His talent has aged like a fine wine and has only gotten better throughout his 18-year career. The only thing stopping him from getting to his second career Super Bowl is the Los Angeles Rams.
Sunday, January 20, 2018 marks the date the New Orleans Saints will play the Los Angeles Rams. Drew will inevitably dissect the Rams defense, but I will first explain how he got this far into the postseason. On September 9, 2018 the Saints lost their season opener to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After this defeat rumors swirled about how Brees has fallen from his pedestal and should retire. Despite this loss to one of the league’s worst teams, this did not put out Brees’ blaze. In fact, it sparked an even larger flame inside of him and his historic season would begin.
With all the high scoring offenses in the league today, I think we have lost sight of what a quarterback’s actual job is. They are supposed to complete passes at a high percentage, throw touchdown passes, and most importantly, avoid giving the ball to the other team. After saying this, no current quarterback does this better. Actually, no quarterback in NFL history has done this better than the New Orleans Saints quarterback.
Throughout the 2018 NFL regular season, Drew broke multiple records on his way to the playoffs. Most notably, he passed Peyton Manning as the leader for all-time career passing yards with 74,437. If you think this is impressive get a load of this, Brees has never played with a pro-bowl receiver until his 2017 season. Along with this, in Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens, Brees threw his 500th touchdown and eventually became second in all-time career passing touchdowns thrown with 520. He now only trails Peyton Manning by 19 which he will easily surpass next season. While on the topic of the Ravens, along with throwing 500th touchdown, he also beat them. Beating them was an enormous feat because this was the only team he had yet to win against in his career. He is now only the 3rd quarterback in history to have defeated each of the 32 teams in the NFL.
The 40-year-old also broke the record for the highest completion percentage in a season by completing 74% of his passes. Amazingly, the previous record holder was the only other quarterback on the same level as him. Drew Brees. With all the history he set this season, it was impossible not to mention his name as a favorite in the MVP conversation. During this historic season, he threw 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions. This was the best ratio in the NFL. So, Brees not only had the highest completion percentage, but he also had the best touchdown to interception ratio. Numbers don’t lie, and these numbers represent exactly what you want from your starting quarterback.
Before Drew Brees retires in the coming years, he will hold countless NFL records and will be a first ballot Hall of Famer. But until the day he decides to hang his cleats up, he will be the best quarterback in the NFL. I believe if he can win his second Super Bowl ring this year then he will finally receive the credit he rightfully deserves as the greatest quarterback not only currently but of all time.