Drew Brees to Become All-Time Leading Passer
He’s listed in the program at 6-feet tall. He’s not. Drew Brees is 5-foot-11 in cleats and 5-foot-10 barefoot. The average size of an NFL quarterback today is 6-foot-3.
Try to name another great NFL quarterback six feet tall or shorter, and you might come up with Doug Floutie or Fran Tarkenton. That’s about it. The little guy hasn’t let size deter him from becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and tonight that claim gets a little more merit.
For the last 17 seasons, Brees has often been overshadowed despite nine Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl XLIV win, and a Super Bowl MVP. He was once second fiddle to his Hall of Fame backfield mate LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego, then by other quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
In tonight’s Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins, Brees will likely surpass Brett Favre (71,838 yards) and Peyton Manning (71,940 yards) as the NFL’s all-time passing leader. He needs just 201 yards to do so.
Tom Brady became the third QB to hit the 500 touchdown mark on Thursday. Brees (496) could also join the 500 club tonight. Undersized, underdog, and the league's all-time leading passer.