Drew Brees turned 39 this year and will be the oldest player on the New Orleans Saints’ roster when the 2018 season begins, and judging by his health and conditioning, and the numbers he can still put up, the quarterback is clearly doing something right.
With that run of excellence in mind, the brain trust at ESPN recently involved Brees in one of their bold predictions for the future of pro football, that Brees would eventually play longer than 40 year old Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady and Brees’ professional careers began only a year apart. Brady, a product of Michigan University, was drafted infamously late with the 199th pick in the 6th round of the 2000 Football draft by the New England Patriots. You can watch him cry about it in this clip. Brees, a product of Big Ten rival Purdue, was drafted with the 32nd pick in the 2nd round of the 2001 Football draft by the San Diego Chargers.
Brady stands 6-foot-4 and 225-lbs, while Brees barely makes 6-foot and 209-lbs. Brady has played in 237 games over 18 seasons which averages to 13.2 games played per season. Aside from riding the bench as a rookie through the first game in 2001, 15 games in 2008 to an ACL tear, and 4 games in 2016 to league mandated suspension, Brady has played all 16 games of every season of his career. Brees has played in 233 games over 17 seasons which averages to 13.7 games played per season. Brees has played in all 16 games in 11 seasons, while playing in 15 another three. Both quarterbacks have been the picture of health, availability, and consistency over their respective tenures.
Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has thrown for more yards than Brady in every season except two (2007, 2009), including passing for over 5,000 yards in 5 seasons compared to Brady’s one season hitting that elusive mark. Over their entire careers, Brees has passed for 4,529 more yards than Brady, while also averaging 23.9 more yards per game than the chin-dippled one.
So yes, Brees has a major advantage heading into the matchup in more ways than one. How do you think the matchup between two of the best quarterbacks in Football history will go down?