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NFL's Best: Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees tied for the NFL lead with 4,952 passing yards last year, the fifth time in his career leading the league in the category. That is tied with Pro Football Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino for the most seasons leading the NFL in passing yards in league history.
With 56,033 career passing yards, Brees now ranks fourth on the NFL's all-time list.
NFL's all-time career yards passing:
|*Active (Source: NFL)|
|Brett Favre||Atlanta, Green Bay, Jets, Minnesota||1991-2010||71,838|
|Peyton Manning*||Indianapolis, Denver||1998-2014||69,691|
|Drew Brees*||San Diego, New Orleans||2001-14||56,033|
|Tom Brady*||New England||2000-14||53,258|
Brees has passed for 43,685 yards in his nine seasons since joining New Orleans in 2006. He is one of seven quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for at least 40,000 yards with one franchise. Brees, who reached the 40,000-yard mark in his 132nd game with the Saints, is the fastest quarterback to pass for 40,000 yards with one team, surpassing Marino (153).
"I love this game and I want to play it for as long as I can," says Brees. "When all is said and done, we can look back and talk about records, but for now, it's about winning. It's about trying to find a way to win a championship. I want to be the best decision-maker I can be, the most efficient quarterback that I can be and the best leader that I can be."
In Week 13, Brees threw five touchdown passes without an interception, his seventh career game with at least five passing touchdowns and no interceptions. That is the most in NFL history.
"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 threw 33 touchdown passes in 2014, extending his NFL-record streak to seven consecutive seasons with at least 30 touchdown passes. BRETT FAVRE (1994-98 with Green Bay) is the only other player to have five such seasons in a row.
|Quarterback||TD Passes (Season)|
|Drew Brees||34 (2008), 34 (2009), 33 (2010), 46 (2011), 43 (2012), 39 (2013), 33 (2014)|
|Brett Favre||33 (1994), 38 (1995), 39 (1996), 35 (1997), 31 (1998)|
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