Even at the age of 35, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees remains one of the best gun-slingers in the game. The former 2001 second round pick out of Purdue has fired for over 4,000 yards in each of his eight seasons with the Saints, and there’s no signs of him slowing down as he comes off a third consecutive 5,000-yard campaign.
In fact, the eight-time Pro Bowler currently has his sights set on playing for at least another five years.
“Do I hope I can play into my 40s? Yes, I do. As long as I’m healthy and playing at a high level, then why not?” Brees said, per The Associated Press. “I certainly don’t take it for granted and know that obviously you’ve got to prove yourself every year.”
The 6-foot, 209-pound star signal-caller and future Hall of Famer owns a buttload of NFL and franchise records and currently ranks fifth all-time with 51,081 career passing yards (trailing only Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and John Elway) and fourth all-time with 363 career touchdown passes. Brees is also the only QB in NFL history to complete 400(+) passes six times and throw for 5,000 yards four times and 40(+) TDs in consecutive seasons.
There are only three years left on Brees’ mega-deal, but there’s no reason to believe that he can’t play as long as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, who are both under contract beyond the Big 4-0. Brett Favre also piloted the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game against the Saints when he was 40 in 2009.
In his eight seasons at the control, Brees has guided the Saints to the playoffs five times with a 6-5 postseason record and an unforgettable triumph against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7, 2010.
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