Drew Brees is an American football quarterback best known for his athletic mobility. Although he is not a sprinter, his speed and solid arm strength could not be overlooked by any football team scouting quarterbacks. His football techniques as well as his physical traits, including his big hands, have played a good role in establishing the Texas-born professional player as one of the best-sought football quarterbacks of his time.
Joining the New Orleans Saints since 2006, Brees’ role in the franchise victory in the 2009 Super Bowl XLIV, cannot be overlooked. Hence, he was awarded the game’s MVP honours. You could confidently count on Drew Brees at all times when it comes to being quick to get the ball out and delivering. Brees does a perfect job not forcing his receivers to constantly adjust to the football in flight. Among the awards he has won for his beautiful performances include Super Bowl champion (XLIV), Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, Bert Bell Award, and Super Bowl MVP (XLIV).
Drew Brees Biography
Drew Christopher Brees is a native of Austin, Texas. He was born on January 15, 1979, to his father Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II, and his mother Mina Ruth (née Akins). Brees’ athletic skills could be linked to his father who played basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies men’s basketball team, and his mother who was famously known during her high school years as an all-state in three sports.
In High school at Andrew’s Episcopal School, Brees was active in his school’s baseball, basketball and football teams and while he did well in the first two, he was best on the football field. He became famous after he led his high school team in a 16-0 victory and a state championship. He finished his high school career with a stellar record of 314 of 490 passes for 5,461 yards with 50 touchdowns.
Drew Brees became a collegiate at Purdue University where he pursued a degree in Industrial Management and graduated in 2001. While studying, he distinguished himself as a quarterback and as a two-time Heisman finalist. Thanks to his effort, the Boilermakers were able to make the Big Ten Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. In addition to his huge success in college, he bagged two NCAA records, 19 Purdue University records and 13 Big Ten Conference records. He left the Boilermakers being named Big Ten’s best quarterback of the 1990s.
His NFL Career
In 2001, Drew Brees joined the NFL draft and was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. He made his professional debut on 4th November 2001, in a game against Kansas City Chiefs. Continuing his productive plays, the Chargers appointed Brees a franchise player, giving him a one-year contract that quadrupled his pay to $8 million for 2005. This happened after he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year 2004. Unfortunately, he tore his labrum and had to go through arthroscopic surgery.
On March 14, 2006, Drew Brees signed a six-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, after the Chargers denied him a pay increase. He led his team to a 31–14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and earned for himself several titles including the starting quarterback for the NFC in the 2007 Pro Bowl, a First Team All-Pro and first runner-up for league MVP.
As of 2018, Brees has played for the New Orleans Saints for twelve years winning numerous other award and titles. His first contract was renewed in 2012 after a 6 season-long brilliant performance. The contract was renewed yet again in 2018. He finished his 2018 season with 489 attempts, 3,992 passing yards, 5 interceptions over 15 games and 32 passing touchdowns with 364 completions.
Net Worth and Salary
As one of the best-performing quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League, Drew Brees falls among those earning the highest pays. Following his 2-year renewed contract worth $50 million and with $27 million guaranteed with the Saints, Bress earns a base salary of $10,200,000 with a roster bonus of $3,300,000 and a signing bonus of $13,500,000. His Net worth is, therefore, estimated at $130 million.
His Wife, Children and Family
Drew Christopher Brees is a married man. He tied the knot with his wife Brittany Dudchenko, on February 8, 2003, and together they have four children namely Baylen Robert, Bowen Christopher, Callen Christian, and Rylen Judith. His wife is a native of Syracuse, Indiana and she is famously known as the owner of The Brees Dream Foundation, a charity organisation that supports people with cancer. Dudchenko also attended Purdue University where she met her now-husband. The couple currently resides in New Orleans, Lousiana.
Drew Bress has a younger brother Reid who played baseball for the Baylor Bears baseball team. When his parents separated, they suffered the troubles of splitting his time between both parents’ homes.
Height, Weight, Other Measurements
Prior to his selection by the Chargers, Brees was projected to be a mid-late first-round draft pick but he fell back because of his height of 6′ 0 (1.83m)) which is below NFL’s 6’4″ prototype size for quarterbacks. Bress body weight is 95 kg (209 lbs) with his chest measuring chest 46 inches and his arm’s length 16 inches.