Drew Brees is an 11-time Pro Bowler. He’s a two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He’s a one-time Super Bowl champion. And, after Monday night’s 363-yard, three-touchdown performance against Washington, he’s the league’s most prolific quarterback.
So is it possible he’s underrated?
Brees’ greatness has come in the league’s friendliest era for passers, as relaxed rules make it more difficult to cover wide receivers while outlawing all but a few different techniques for sacking the quarterback. As a result, QBs are playing longer than ever, passing more than any generation before them, and ringing up outlandish statistics that were more likely to appear in a broken screen from an early John Madden Football game than an actual box score in 1992.
Brees was a product of that change, but he wasn’t alone. The new age of aerial fireworks has rewritten the league’s record books. Nine players have recorded at least 50,000 career passing yards in the NFL, including Brees’ all-time high of 72,103 (and counting). Five are still active, one retired in 2016, and another called it quits in 2011.
So how does Brees stack up against a group of peers that includes Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, and, uh, Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/10/9/17953018/drew-brees-nfl-passing-record-quarterback-comparison-tom-brady-peyton-manning
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