When the San Diego Chargers first drafted Drew Brees in 2001, many experts believed that he wasn’t the right kind of player for the NFL. Despite his success in college, many believed that his relatively short stature for a professional quarterback (6’0″) and perceived lack of arm strength were going to be influential on his performance as a professional player. Not only that, but a few writers even said that his success in the NCAA was because Purdue had build a game plan build around him, and that such an strategy wouldn’t work if you play football on Sundays and Monday Night.
Despite his detractors, Drew Brees worked his way into the elite world of NFL quarterbacks and by March 14, 2006, the New Orleans Saints had offered him a 6-year, $60 million dollar contract. It wasn’t a bad deal at all. The Saints offer included $10 million in guaranteed money the first year and a $12 million option the second year. Brees had a productive first year with the Saints. Truth be said, compared to the previous year, anything would had been an improvement. Brees had a good chemistry with his teammates and under first-year head coach Sean Payton, the Saints rebounded from its disastrous 2005 season. 2005 was a very rough year not only for the Saints but also for the state of Louisiana.
The Saints were unable to play in New Orleans due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina and struggled to a 3–13 record. Once Brees joined the team he guided the Saints to a 10–6 regular season record and won the NFC South division title. Just three years later, he would be guiding the Saints, the team that had been a long time underachiever, to their first ever Super Bowl. The underdog Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31–17 in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. Brees tied a Super Bowl record with 32 pass completions and won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. He threw for 288 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Drew Brees threw for 4,620 yards and 33 touchdowns last season as the Saints returned to the playoffs as a wild card, losing at Seattle in the first round. But after a somewhat shaky off-season, the NFL is back in track. This is Drew Brees’ last season under contract with the New Orleans Saints, and truth is that both parties are working to find a new agreement. Rumor has it, that when the time comes, Brees could be making somewhere around 20 million a year for the next few season. Brees said that the Saints officials and his agent Tom Condon have been holding talks and that hopefully they’ll reach an agreement soon.
The 2011 NFL season, the 92nd regular season of the National Football League is scheduled to start on September 8th 2011. Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints will travel to Lambeau Field, the home of the Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers. It’s a long way till Super Bowl XLVI, the league’s championship game, on February 5, 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis; but heck, at least we are going to have some football. Let’s not forget that for a moment there, it was even unclear if there would have been a 2011 football season after all.