Drew Brees is a football player who plays quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). Drew Brees began his football career at Westlake High School and went on to Purdue University, where he led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance.
In 2006, he joined the New Orleans Saints, where he led the team to Super Bowl XLIV victory in 2009.
For completions, passing yards, and touchdowns, he holds numerous league records.
Drew Brees | Education and Early Childhood
Drew Brees was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 15, 1979. Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth (nee Akins), an attorney, are his parents. Reid Brees is his younger brother.
Drew comes from a sporting family. His father was a member of the Texas A&M men’s basketball team, and his mother was an all-state performer in three sports during her high school career.
Ray Akins, his maternal grandfather, is a legendary high school football coach in Texas, and his uncle Marty Akins was an All-Southwest Conference quarterback in 1975.
His brother, Reid, was a baseball outfielder for the Baylor Bears. His grandfather was also a combatant in the Battle of Okinawa.
His parents divorced when he was seven, and they shared custody of the children.
Despite the fact that it was a trying time for Drew and his brother, the situation brought them closer together.
From their father’s remarriage to Amy Hightower, daughter of late U.S. Representative Jack English Hightower, they have a half-sister named Audrey.
In 1993, Drew enrolled at Westlake High School. He was a standout basketball, baseball, and football player in high school.
His senior season, in the fall of 1996, he led the team to a perfect regular-season record and a state championship.
Drew went on to Purdue University to continue his football career as a quarterback.
He helped the Boilermakers win a Big Ten Championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl during his four years with the team.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management and was a Sigma Chi fraternity member when he graduated in 2001.
Height, Weight, and Appearance
Drew Brees is 43 years old, and his zodiac sign is Capricorn, as he was born on January 15th.
He is 6 feet and a half inches tall (183 cm) and weighs 209 pounds (or 95 kg).
To stay healthy and fit enough to continue playing football, he adheres to a strict diet regimen.
Drew eats a gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free diet due to food allergies.
His brown hair and brown eyes, as well as his muscular body structure, complement his smooth skin.
Facts of Drew Brees
|Birth Date||15 January 1979|
|Birth Place||Dallas, Texas, U.S.|
|Nick Name||Drew Brees|
|Father’s Name||Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II|
|Mother’s Name||Mina Ruth (nee Akins)|
|Siblings||Reid Brees (Younger Brother), Audrey Brees (Half-sister)|
|Education||Westlake High school; Purdue University|
|Age||43 Years Old|
|Height||6 ft. 0 in. (or 183cm)|
|Weight||209 pounds (or 95 kg)|
|Children||4; three sons and one daughter; Baylen Brees, Bowen Brees, Callen Brees, and Rylen Brees|
|Position in team||Quarterback|
|Affiliations||San Diego Chargers (Former), New Orleans Saints (Current)|
|Net Worth||$120 million|
|Social Media||Twitter: @drewbrees Instagram: @drebrees|
|Merch||Jersey, T-Shirt, Autographed Jersey and Card, Autographed helmet, Rookie Card|
|NFL draft||2001/Round;2/ Pick;32|
|Jersey Number||9 (New Orleans Saints/ Los Angeles Chargers)|
|Last Update||April, 2022|
Drew Brees | Net Worth
According to sources, Drew Brees has a net worth of $120 million.
He signed a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints worth $50 million, including a $23 million signing bonus.
Over the course of his career, he has earned more than $244 million.
According to Forbes, Brees was among the NFL’s highest-paid players in 2017, making $26 million.
Drew Brees’ Professional Life
Drew has had a successful career all of his life. Here’s a rundown of his career.
Football at the high school level
He was considering playing college baseball before blowing out his knee, which changed his plans.
In 1995, he began his career as a quarterback as a junior.
He was, however, not your typical quarterback; he was shorter and much thinner than most quarterbacks.
His arm, on the other hand, was the hero; whenever he made a pass, it flew straight, true, and hard.
He was named Most Valuable Offensive Player during his junior year in 1996.
He led his high school football team to a state championship and a 16-0 record.
Drew threw for 5461 yards and 50 touchdowns on 314 of 490 passes (64.1 percent).
In both the state high school all-star football team and the All-USA high school football formation, he received an honorable mention.
Football in College
During his sophomore year, Drew shone brightly.
During his junior and senior years, he was an integral part of Joe Tiller and Jim Chaney’s unconventional “basketball on grass” spread offense, serving as offensive captain.
He had the option to enter the 2000 NFL Draft during his junior year, but he chose to return for his senior year to finish his studies.
He led the Boilermakers to their first Big Ten title since 1967 in 2000. Purdue was invited to the 2001 Rose Bowl for the first time since 1967 as a result of the victory.
Drew set two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records during his college career.
He set numerous records, including 11792 passing yards, 90 touchdown passes, 12,693 total offensive yards, 1026 completions, and 1678 attempts.
He was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Chargers of San Diego
Drew was chosen first overall in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
He began his career as Doug Flutie’s backup.
He was later named the starting quarterback. He started 15 games and led the team to a 12-4 regular-season record in 2004.
He was named to the 2004 Pro Bowl after the San Diego Chargers won the AFC West for the first time in ten seasons.
He was named Comeback Player of the Year in the NFL in 2004.
For the 2005 season, Drew remained the starting quarterback.
With 3576 passing yards, he set a new career-high.
However, he was injured and tore his labrum in his most recent game.
The New Orleans Saints are a professional football team based in New
Drew began looking for other teams after the 2005 season because he was dissatisfied with the San Diego Chargers’ offer.
He signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Saints on March 14, 2006.
In 2011, he set an NFL record with 5476 passing yards and 46 touchdowns, both career highs.
The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010. Drew was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl.
He completed 288 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
He was named Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 2010.
Drew continued to set new records for the next decade. In 2018, he surpassed the NFL records for completions and passing yards.
He also completed a personal best 74.4 percent of his throws and earned a 12th Pro Bowl selection.
As of 2020, he has signed a two-year, $50 million contract extension with the New Orleans Saints.
Entering into 2021, the Saints rearranged Brees’ contract, to save salary cap space, which decreased his salary down to $1.075 million for the upcoming season.
On March 14, 2021, fifteen years down the line of signing his first contract with the New Orleans Saints, Brees declared his retirement after 20 seasons.
He was placed on the reserve/retired list on June 11, 2021, by New Orleans Saints.
Michael Thomas pens down a heart-touching message after Drew’s retirement
Thomas himself is known to be the the best receiver in the NFL.
When Drew announced his retirement, Michael got all emotional and penned down his thoughts in 900 words for him just to remind him, how much he meant to him.
Thomas and Brees set several records together the most notable being the single-season receptions record for most in a season once held by Indianapolis Colt receiver Marvin Harrison.
Thomas grabbed 149 passes in 2019 for 1,725 yards both career highs.
He also was titled the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2019.
Drew Brees | Personal Life
In February 2003, Drew Brees married his college girlfriend, Brittany Dudchenko.
Together, they have four children; three sons, Baylen, Bowen, and Callen, born in January 2009, October 2010, and August 2012, respectively, and a daughter Rylen in August 2014.
He lives in Uptown New Orleans with his family.
They moved there after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.
Drew made valuable contributions to the New Orleans community post the aftermath.
He has participated in five USO trips visiting Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Turkey, Djibouti, Dubai, Okinawa, and Guantanamo Bay.
Drew prioritizes four things in his life: faith, family, football, and philanthropy.
He follows Christianity. Drew is a Republican.
National Anthem Protest
On June 3, 2020, during the George Floyd protests, Drew stood by his 2016 opinion that kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful to the flag and the US.
Many athletes expressed disappointment and anger at the statement. He apologized early the next day.
Brees Dream Foundation
Drew and his wife Brittany established the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003.
It was founded to support cancer patients and research the memory of Brittany’s aunt, who died of cancer.
Since then, they have expanded their horizons to providing assistance for Hurricane Katrina rebuilding projects and providing care, education, and opportunities for children and families in need.
They have contributed over $33,00,000 to those in need.
In March 2020, they announced plans to donate $5 million to charities to feed Louisiana families during the coronavirus pandemic.
In July 2020, they partnered with Ochsner Health System and donated $5 million through the Brees Dream Foundation to help build numerous healthcare centers throughout Louisiana.
Winning $6.1 Million In Jeweler Lawsuit
NFL quarterback Brees and his wife file a lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler, CJ Charles Jewelers for selling him lower-grade colored diamonds for about $15 million whereas the actual worth was $6 million.
The couple came across the reality through an independent appraiser as per the report from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
According to an earlier complaint, Brees and his wife claimed that the jewelry store owner Vahid Moradi (whom he has stayed in touch with for 15 years and believed him as an expert in valuing diamonds) sold them colored diamonds continually.
But the jeweler commented that he priced the diamond high as he believed the diamonds could be resold for in 10 to 15 years.
For all that when the duo removed the diamonds from their settings to prepare them for sale, they understood the settings has been colored to make the stone look more aesthetic.
However, the couple’s lawyers contradicted his statement and said the diamonds were procured to diversify the Brees investment portfolio.
And according to CBSNews.com, the San Diego court allowed Brees a $6.1 million judgment against the jeweler.
Brittany Brees stood by her husband through thick and thin
Brees’s wife Brittany comes in support of her husband and shares additional injuries her husband goes through during the 2020 regular season.
If we have to align through Brittany’s Instagram post we would clearly get that Drew faces these injuries; Torn Rotator Cuff (Shoulder), Torn Fascia (Foot), 11 Broken Ribs, Collapsed Lung.
Talking about the whole 2020 season, Drew completed with 2,942 passing yards, 24 touchdowns, and six interceptions in 12 games.
While Drew was still recovering from 11 fractured ribs, he survived in Week 10’s victory against the San Francisco 49ers.
Brittany’s post might be a justification for Drew’s underperformance. We also know he has not notched for three interceptions in a game since the 2016 season.
To add on when an athlete goes through a torn plantar fascia, it minuses the ability to plant his feet on passes.
Brees suffered a foot injury after a 35-27 defeat to the Detroit Lions on December 21, 2015.
NFL’s Drew Brees is also an owner of a sandwich fast food restaurant
New Orleans Saints quarterback, Brees shares a different kind of obsession with sliced cheesy sandwiches topped up with leafy veggies or chicken.
Initially, Drew grew his love for sandwiches when he was still in college at Purdue University.
He recalls the moment when he used to order Jimmy John’s to his dormitory thrice a week.
But, talking about now, Drew himself is the owner of 5 Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches’ franchises and plans to own 20 more according to Franchise Times Brees. Isn’t that interesting? an athlete on the field and an avid entrepreneur off the field. Two in one!
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Drew Brees in the Kentucky Derby
Drew also had his sight on Kentucky Derby with Horse Holy Candy.
He owned a part of the 3-year-old colt Holy Candy who ended up running at Churchill Downs in Louisville on the first Saturday in May 2012.
Holy Candy has been in this competition four times and won only once.
For the fifth time, he was placed in Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, a race that has generated 15 Kentucky Derby winners.
Social Media Presence
Drew’s Twitter has 3.2 million followers and his Instagram has1.7 million Followers.