New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passed for 5,177 yards and 43 touchdowns last season as he earned his seventh career Pro Bowl selection.
"I obviously take a lot of pride in what I do on the football field, because that has the ability to influence a lot of people," says Brees. "That puts smiles on people's faces. That gives people a pep in their step on Monday morning when they go back to work. That does so much for the city. We have the greatest fans in the world. There's no doubt about that. Each and every day I think about what can I do to make my team and my city better. That's my mentality."
Brees, who passed for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns in 2011, is the first quarterback in NFL history to have two consecutive seasons with at least 40 touchdown passes. His 43 touchdown passes were the most in the NFL in 2012. He has led the league in TD passes four times in his career (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), tied with Len Dawson, Brett Favre, Johnny Unitas and Steve Young for the most in NFL history.
|Quarterback||Team||Years||Led NFL in TD Passes|
|Source: NFL *Active|
|Drew Brees*||New Orleans||2008, 2009, 2011, 2012||4|
|Len Dawson||Dallas Texans/Kansas City||1962, 1963, 1965, 1966||4|
|Brett Favre||Green Bay||1995, 1996, 1997, 2003||4|
|Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts||1957, 1958, 1959, 1960||4|
|Steve Young||San Francisco||1992, 1993, 1994, 1998||4|
There have been six individual 5,000-yard passing seasons in NFL history and Brees owns half of them (three). He is the only player in league history with multiple 5,000-yard passing seasons and two consecutive such seasons (2011-12).
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2011||5,476|
|Tom Brady||New England||2011||5,235|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2012||5,177|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2008||5,069|
Of the top five individual passing yard seasons in league history, Brees owns three of them, including an NFL-record 5,476 yards in 2011. Over the past three seasons, he has passed for 15,273 yards and is the only player in NFL history to pass for at least 15,000 yards in a three-year span.
Last season, Brees passed Unitas (47) for the most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, a record that had stood for more than 50 years. Brees extended his record to 54 games in a row with a TD pass.
Most Consecutive Games with TD Pass
|Source: NFL *Active streak|
|Drew Brees||New Orleans||2009-12||54|
|Tom Brady*||New England||2010-12||48|
|Johnny Unitas||Baltimore Colts||1956-60||47|
"The amazing thing about a record like this is it spans over the course of four seasons," says Brees. "There are so many people that are a part of this."