Cool Brees: QB Drew Brees Leads Saints

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 Orleans2008, 2009, 2011, 20124
Len DawsonDallas Texans/Kansas City1962, 1963, 1965, 19664
Brett FavreGreen Bay1995, 1996, 1997, 20034
Johnny UnitasBaltimore Colts1957, 1958, 1959, 19604
Steve YoungSan Francisco1992, 1993, 1994, 19984


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).

Quarterback Team Year Passing Yards
Source: NFL
Drew BreesNew Orleans20115,476
Tom BradyNew England20115,235
Drew BreesNew Orleans20125,177
Dan MarinoMiami19845,084
Drew BreesNew Orleans20085,069
Matthew StaffordDetroit20115,038


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.

Year Att Comp Pct Yards TD INT Rating
Source: NFL
3-year totals1,9851,33867.415,2731225599.3


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

Player Team Years Streak
Source: NFL *Active streak
Drew BreesNew Orleans2009-1254
Tom Brady*New England2010-1248
Johnny UnitasBaltimore Colts1956-6047


"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."

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Cool Brees: QB Drew Brees Leads Saints