I’m not going to waste time with this answer. Yes, yes he is. Drew Brees is in his 18th season in the NFL and his career stats are unbelievable. The man has beaten every single team in the NFL, which only two other QBs have done (Peyton Manning and Brett Favre); he has 501 passing touchdowns, which only 3 other QBs have reached 500 passing touchdowns (Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, and Tom Brady); he has thrown for 72,315 yards, which is a NFL record; he has an average of 97.3 QBR; and he has a 67.2% completion percentage, another NFL record (68.3% in New Orleans). These stats alone are enough for someone to think that he could be in the conversation of greatest quarterback of all time, but let’s not forget about all the records that Drew Brees holds. He holds *LeBron voice* not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, but 7 NFL records. Count it, 7. As stated earlier, he holds the record for most passing yards in a career (72,315 yards). That is 4,557 yards more than Tom Brady who has 67,758 yards, and came into the league a year before Drew did. Drew holds the record for most pass completions in NFL history with 6,370 completions; which is 596 more than Tom Brady who has 5,774 completions, and has thrown just 465 less balls than Drew Brees has. He has the most passes completed in a single season with 471, and the next two players with the highest completions in a season are himself. Drew Brees has the highest completion percentage in a season with 72% of his passes being completed last year; Tom Brady’s highest completion percentage for a single season was 68.9%, which Drew Brees has nearly averaged in New Orleans (68.3%). Drew Brees holds the record for highest career completion percentage, as stated earlier, with 67.2% of his passes being completed; this is 3.2% higher than Tom Brady’s career completion percentage. He is tied for most touchdowns in a single NFL game with 7, and finally, Drew Brees also holds the record for most consecutive games with a passing touchdown with 54 spanning from 2009-2012.
Drew Brees is also an 11 time Pro Bowler, 2 time Offensive Player of the Year, First-team All-Pro (2006), Sports IllustratedSportsman of the Year (2010), AP Male Athlete of the Year (2010), the Bert Bell Award winner (2009) for the NFL Player of the Year, and of course is a Super Bowl Champion (XLIV). All of these accomplishments coming from someone that is 6’0” tall and can barely see over his 6’5” offensive line. Putting things into perspective, Tom Brady is 6’4”. That obstacle that he must overcome is a true testament to how great of a QB he truly is. The average height of a QB in the NFL is 6’4”. So the sheer ability that he has to be able to play the position better than anyone else with a height disadvantage shows how he truly is the greatest to ever play the position. The disadvantage that it puts him at proves that his arm is better than the player that most people call the GOAT, Tom Brady. In an era with players like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees has led the NFL in passing 7 times; that is more than any of those QBs combined. That is crazy to think about. He has inspired QBs like Russell Wilson, who is also undersized, to follow his dream of becoming an NFL QB.
The thing that, I think, causes most people to say that Tom Brady is the GOAT is because of the amount of Super Bowls he has won. However, this argument is completely subjective. I would take Drew Brees over Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, who both have 2 Super Bowls, any day of the week and twice on Sundays. You need all 22 players to win a Super Bowl. Both offense and defense need to be successful to pull it off. Tom Brady, for those years that he won his Super Bowls, had amazing superstars on the defense. He had players like Vince Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, Willie McGinest, Tedy Bruschi, and Ty Law. From what I can remember, Drew Brees has lost a number of games in the playoffs as a result of defensive mistakes; for instance, the birth of Beast Mode and the Minneapolis Miracle, all of which Drew Brees was standing on the sidelines watching. Also, Tom Brady has always had a much better team in general. His offensive weapons and coaching staff have been stellar for years and it really had been the opposite for Drew Brees for most of his career. He played for an awful San Diego Chargers team for 5 years and went to an even worse New Orleans Saints team in 2006. Before the arrival in New Orleans by Drew Brees, the Saints were affectionately called the “‘Aints”. They were worse than the Cleveland Browns, and had been one of the worst teams in the NFL for many years. They had never been to a Super Bowl, much less a NFC Championship game. His first year as the Saints’ starting QB he brought them to their first NFC Championship game. Then in 2009, took them to their first Super Bowl, and won. There is absolutely no denying that Drew Brees has been a difference maker for the New Orleans Saints.
Off the field Drew Brees also embodies what it takes to be the greatest of all time by winning the Walter Payton Man of the Year (2006) with his work off the field with relief from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. He is a leader on and off the field and has been a beacon of hope for the city of New Orleans. There is no other QB that is more important to any city than Drew Brees.
So for all these reasons, and so many more, Drew Brees is the GOAT and the greatest quarterback of all time. Hands down.
…… Also he doesn’t kiss his kids on the mouth for 5 seconds like someone else *cough* Tom Brady *cough*……