Drew Christopher Brees is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 20 seasons. A member of the New Orleans Saints for most of his career, Brees is the NFL leader in career pass completions, career completion percentages, and regular season passing yards, along with being second in career touchdown passes and career pass attempts. He also holds the record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, breaking the feat held by Johnny Unitas for 52 years.
Early life, birthplace and age
Drew Christopher Brees was born on January 15, 1979, in Dallas, to Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth (née Akins; died 2009), an attorney. His grandfather fought in the Battle of Okinawa. A Sport Illustrated article stated he was named for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, but in a 2014 interview Brees said this story was “just legend”. He has a younger brother, Reid (born 1981). When Brees was seven, his parents divorced and shared custody of the boys, who split their time between both parents’ homes. Today, he admits that it was a very tough and challenging life after the divorce; however, Brees and his younger brother, Reid, supported each other and became very close. They have a younger half-sister, Audrey, from their father’s remarriage to Amy Hightower, daughter of the late U.S. Representative Jack English Hightower.
Both of Brees’s parents had athletic backgrounds. His father played basketball, while his mother was a former all-state athlete in three sports in high school. His maternal uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-American starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorn college football team from 1972 to 1975, and his maternal grandfather, Ray Akins, had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach, in his three decades at Gregory-Portland High School. His younger brother, Reid, was an Outfielder for the Baylor Bears baseball team, which made the 2005 college World series; Reid now resides in Colorado, where he works in sales.
After moving to the Austin area, Brees did not play tackle football until high school and was on the flag football team at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, where his teammates included actor Ben McKenzie, who was in the same year. In high school, he was a varsity letterman in baseball, basketball, and football, and was considering playing college baseball rather than football. College recruiters quickly ran after Brees blew out his knee in the 11th grade. After overcoming the ACL tear, he was selected as Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Austin Westlake High School football team to a 16–0 record and a state championship. Brees had hoped to follow in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps and play for the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies, but was not heavily recruited despite his stellar record.
Brees received offers from only two colleges, Purdue and Kentucky, choosing Purdue for its highly rated academics. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in industrial management, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.
After a relatively uneventful freshman season, Brees was given his first start during his sophomore year by Boilmakers head coach Joe Tiller and became an integral part of Tiller’s squad , serving as offensive captain during his junior and senior years.[28 He had the option to make himself available for the 2000 NFL draft, but chose to return for his senior year to complete his studies. In 2000, he led the Boilmakers to memorable last-minute upsets against top-ranked Ohio State and Michigan, en-route to the Boilermakers’ first Big Ten Championship, since 1967.
Brees was a finalist for the Davey O’brien Award, as the nation’s best quarterback in 1999. He won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s outstanding player of 2000 and the NCAA’s Today’s top VIII Award, as a member of the Class of 2001. Brees was also fourth in Heisman trophy voting in 1999 and third in 2000. As a senior, Brees became the first Boilermaker since Bruce Brineman in 1989 to earn Academic All-America honours. Additionally, he won Academic All-Big Ten honours a record three times.
In his college career, Brees set two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records. He left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). He tied an NCAA record with the 99-yard pass to receiver Vinny Sutherland against Northwestern on September 25, 1999, and held the NCAA record for pass attempts in a game (83) for 15 years, until Washing state quarterback Connor Halliday broke it in October 2013.
Brees’s college success led to projections that he would be a mid–late first-round draft pick in the 2001 NFL Draft but he slipped due to concerns about his relatively short stature for a professional quarterback (6′), a perceived lack of arm strength, and a sense that he had succeeded in college in a spread offense. Brees was the second quarterback selected in the 2001 Draft behind Michael Vick of Virginia Technical. He was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick of the second round (32nd overall). Brees stayed with the team until the start of the 2006 season, when he demanded for better terms in his contract.
After the Chargers refused to increase their offer, Brees met with other teams. The New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins were interested in Brees. New Orleans made an offer that included $10 million in guaranteed money the first year and a $12 million option the second year. Miami was unsure whether Brees’ shoulder was completely healed and doctors suggested the team should not sign him because of the injury.The Dolphins ended negotiations and traded for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper instead. Brees signed a six-year, $60 million deal with the Saints on March 14, 2006.
Personal Life, wife and children.
Brees married his college sweetheart Brittany Dudchenko in February 2003. The couple have four children together; three sons born January 2009, October 2010, and August 2012, and a daughter in August 2014.
Brees moved to New Orleans, not long after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He admits that it was tough moving to a city that was still in shambles from the hurricane; however, he and Brittany immediately fell in love with the culture and “soul” of the city. They purchased and renovated a home in Up town New Orleans, where they still live. Brees admits in an interview that he thinks his family is now completed especially because three boys and one girl were always the couple’s dream. All four children were born in New Orleans and are being raised there. The four priorities in Brees’s life are faith, family, football, and philanthropy; otherwise known as the “four F’s” by Brees. Brees maintains his offseason home in San Diego.
Brees is a Christian, and was raised as a Christian but stated that he became committed at age 17 when he was at church with a torn ACL and was wondering who he was and what his purpose was in life. Brees later faced other trials such as tearing his shoulder in 2005; however, he maintains that these setbacks only strengthened his relationship with God.
A birthmark on the right side of his face led to bullying when he was young.
Drew’s Net worth.
According to multiple reports, Drew Brees is a relatively rich man whose net worth stands at a whooping $160 Million as at of 2021. He owns multiple Jimmy John’s and Dunkin’ franchises. He also invested in food delivery service Waitr.