Drew Brees played high school football at Westlake High School. After suffering a torn ACL in his junior year, Brees returned to lead the team to a 16-0 record and a state championship. Brees hoped to play college football for the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies but only received scholarship offers from Purdue University and the University of Kentucky.
Brees chose to commit to Purdue for its academic prowess. Brees earned the starting quarterback role for the Purdue Boilermakers in his sophomore season. Brees helped engineer the famous "basketball on grass" offense and led the Boilermakers to upsets against the top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines en route to winning their first Big Ten (shared) championship since 1967. Brees won the Maxwell Award in 2000 and finished in the top five for Heisman Trophy voting in 1999 and 2000. During his college football career, Brees set two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records and an astounding 19 Purdue University records.
The San Diego Chargers (remember them?!) drafted Brees with the first pick of the second round in the 2001 NFL Draft. Brees was the second quarterback off the board after the Atlanta Falcons picked Michael Vick.
Brees' NFL career began as a backup to Doug Flutie as Flutie started all 16 games in the 2001 season. However, Brees was named the Chargers starting quarterback for the 2002 season, beating out Flutie.
With Brees not proving to be a franchise level quarterback, the Chargers acquired Phillip Rivers in the 2004 NFL Draft. With his starting role under question, Brees had his best NFL season, leading the Chargers toa 12-4 record. The Chargers won the AFC West for the first time in a decade and Brees was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl.
Brees held off the young Rivers in the 2005 season but tore his labrum in the final game of the season against the Denver Broncos. Brees underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum and was offered a $50 million contract by the Chargers but it was heavily based on performance incentives.
The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints were two teams competing for Brees' services as he became a free agent. However, the Dolphins pulled their offers off the table due to concerns over Brees' repaired shoulder.
Since joining the Saints, Brees has become a New Orleans icon. He was named to the Pro Bowl in his first season with the Saints and passed for over 4,400 yards, putting to rest any notions of his surgically repaired shoulder. Brees and new head coach Sean Payton helped resurrect the Saints franchise following the disastrous 2005 season and helped lead the city of New Orleans during a turbulent time as the city recovered from Hurricane Katrina.
In 2009, Brees had his best season as a pro, leading the Saints to a 13-3 record. He was the runner-up for the AP MVP and Offensive Player of the Year and set an NFL record for completion percentage over the course of a season with 70.62.
Along with having the best statistical year of his career, Brees and the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV, defeating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 pass completions and won the Super Bowl MVP. It was the first league championship in Saints franchise history.
Throughout his career with the Saints, Brees has led the NFL in passing yards in seven different seasons. Brees also holds the all-time NFL records for most completions, passing yards, completion percentage and passing yards per game.
Brees has proven to be one of the all-time greats and is a surefire first-ballot hall of famer. He has become synonymous with the Saints franchise and the city of New Orleans.