People keep talking about the Colts Peyton Manning and about how he’s still a great quarterback despite the interception he gave up to Saints cornerback Tracy Porter during Super Bowl XLIV.
Others, like Deion Sanders on NFL Network, are saying Manning has four MVPs and only one championship, calling his effort Sunday a choke.
Why is nobody talking about Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his potential spot in the football pantheon? Fantasy footballers have known his greatness for years, but his performance and place in the now is unmistakable.
The Saints quarterback now has that elusive Super Bowl win, and he was the MVP in the game, completing 32-of-39 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion pass. Porter’s interception return clinched the win, but Brees game-long performance was the reason they won.
Statistically, Brees is great and will finish among the best in the history of the game. He has thrown for 34 touchdowns in consecutive seasons and has thrown for at least 4,388 in four consecutive seasons.
And it’s not just a recent thing. He’s got a career 91.9 quarterback rating, and at age 31 already has 30,646 yards and 202 touchdowns to 110 interceptions.
Brees is 69-45 as starting quarterback — that number includes a 2-9 debacle of a season with the Chargers in 2003. Since joining the Saints, Brees is 38-26.
Still, Brees gets little respect outside of the fantasy realm. It’s been like that since he was too short and his arm wasn’t strong enough before the 2001 NFL Draft.
The Saints are young — Brees turned 31 in January — and finally have a defense that makes plays as big as the offense. That’s a combination that will keep the Saints in the Super Bowl hunt for the next couple of years.
As Brees continues to rack up the statistics, wins and another one or two titles over the next half-decade, maybe he’ll finally get the full respect he deserves.