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Why Drew Brees should be in the GOAT conversation

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08:  Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana .  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 08: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a 62 yard pass to take the all time yardage record against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana . (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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When it comes to the argument of greatest quarterback of all time, most fans will argue that Tom Brady is the “GOAT”.  He has five Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots.

Others will make a case for Peyton Manning, who led two different teams to a Super Bowl and recorded some of the greatest statistical seasons in not only the NFL but all sport’s history.

Old timers will push for Joe Montana and his four rings. A select few will argue Aaron Rodgers as the most talented quarterback of all time even though he only has one ring.

Peyton Manning (left)
Tom Brady (middle)
Aaron Rodgers (right)
Mandatory Credit: photo created by talented classmate, Tyler Macenko

Where is Drew Bree’s name in this football frenzy?

The Saints quarterback set the NFL career record for passing yards last Sunday in a blowout against Washington. Brees passed Manning’s previous record of 71,440 yards putting his career tally at 72,103 yards. Two weeks earlier, he broke Brett Farve’s record for completions. Brees also holds the record for highest completion percentage in a career at 67.2 percent. He is 39 years old and is not showing any signs of stopping. He has the rest of this season and probably at least another year to extend these records and possible break another. Drew Brees is currently at 499 passing touchdowns while Manning holds the record at 539.

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Sep 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass against New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Regardless of these accomplishments, you just cannot find Drew Brees’ name in this discussion very often. If you look at the only the numbers, then Drew Brees is the greatest QB of all time. The problem with the game of football is that it does not rely on the numbers. Maybe it is because he has not won an MVP award.

Whether you like it or not, Drew Brees deserves to be on the Mount Rushmore of quarterbacks. Here are three reasons why.

Brees is one of the most consistent quarterbacks of all time. He started his career when he was drafted by the Chargers in 2002. He suffered a season ending injury and was benched and later traded to the Saints in 2006 due to the arrival of Phillip Rivers in San Diego. He has played in thirteen seasons as a Saint. In twelve of those thirteen seasons, he has led the NFL in one or more of these categories: passing yards, completion percentage, QBR and touchdowns. Try to find a bad year for Drew Brees. You can’t.

Tom Brady has played ten seasons in which he didn’t lead the NFL in any of those statistical fields. Manning has not lead in any of them in nine seasons. Rodgers has only lead the league in one of these three times in his eleven year career.

There have been nine 5,000 passing yard seasons in NFL history and Drew Brees holds FIVE of them.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints holds up the Lombardi Trophy on the podium as head coach Sean Payton looks on after defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty Images)

Drew Brees has one Super Bowl ring which normally excludes him from the GOAT discussion, but he won it with little to no help. There have only been three seasons in which Drew Brees’ defense cracked the top ten. Brady, Manning, Montana and Rodgers never dealt with defenses that bad. The Saints defense was 20th in scoring defense the year he won the Super Bowl. All of the other potential GOATS had a top five to ten defense the years they won their rings.

Last season was the first time one of Drew Brees’ wide receivers reached the Pro Bowl (not including TE Jimmy Graham). Brees is single handedly responsible for his teams’ success which makes him an MVP in my book.

Number 9 has a one way ticket to Canton and should forever be considered in the conversation for greatest of all time.

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