December 31, 2012

DB5K: Brees Has More 5000 Passing Seasons Than Anyone Else

Saints QB Drew Brees is the only player to have exceeded 5000 yards passing in more than one season.  Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady and Dan Marino have only each done it once.

Saints QB Drew Brees became the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 15,000 passing yards in a three season span, topping 5000 yards passing the past two seasons and for the third time in his career.   Brees threw for 15,273 yards between 2010-2012 and has 33,571 yards since his Saints career began in 2006.

Brees now owns the 1st, 3rd and 5th best seasons in NFL history according to passing yardage, based on his 2011, 2012 and 2008 seasons respectively.  Brees also owns four of the top seven seasons in NFL history based on number of completions.

Brees' 2012 season averaged 323.6 yards/game, third best in NFL history, behind 2011 performances by Brees himself and Tom Brady.

He is 8th in NFL history in career passing yards with 45,919, ahead of Brady but 25,919 yards behind career leader Brett Favre.  Brees is second among active quarterbacks, behind only Peyton Manning (59,487).

Drew Brees led the league with 43 touchdown passes in 2012, his fourth season leading the NFL in touchdown passes.  That ties the NFL record, putting him in league with Johnny Unitas, Len Dawson, Steve Young and Brett Favre. Brees is also the first QB in history with back-to-back seasons of 40 passing touchdowns.  Those 43 touchdown passes were good for 7th most in NFL history.

Brees of course extended Saints franchise records he owns for completions, attempts, completion percentage, yards, touchdowns, wins, and career quarterback rating.  He is 23 behind Archie Manning in career games played at quarterback for the franchise, a record he should break in 2014, three years into his richest-ever contract.  

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