At one point it seemed like Drew Brees’ career was over. In 2005, while with the San Diego Chargers, he suffered a torn labrum as well as a partial tear of the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder and was facing surgery and extensive rehab. San Diego opted to not re-sign him and Brees became a free agent.
The rest is history.
The Chargers’ loss has been the New Orleans Saints’ gain. Brees has gone on to make several Pro Bowl appearances, lead the Saints to a victory in Super Bowl XLIV, win a Super Bowl MVP, and twice be named Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He’s also placed his name throughout the franchise record book, holding the top spot in just about every significant passing statistic.
Last year Brees established single-season NFL records for passing yards (5,476), completions (468), and passing yards per game (342.3). During today’s game against the Carolina Panthers he continued his assault on the league’s record book with this touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham, putting Brees over the 5,000 yard mark for the third time and becoming the first to accomplish the feat in back-to-back seasons.
Brees finishes the 2012 season with 5,177 yards. He also eclipsed the 5k mark in 2008 with 5,069.
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