Drew Brees, SI's Sportsman of the Year, has had quite a prolific NFL career. Here's a look at some of the highlights in numbers, beginning with his 5.069 passing yards in 2008, which made him only the second NFL quarterback, after Dan Marino, to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season. That same year, he also threw a career-high 34 touchdowns passes.
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70.62% -- The best single-season completion percentage in NFL history. Brees set the record in 2009, just before he had a 82.1 completion percentage in the Super Bowl, the second-best mark in Super Bowl history. Brees achieved this mark in 2009.
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32 -- Drew Brees tied Tom Brady's Super Bowl record with 32 completions (on 39 attempts) during the Saints' 31-17 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
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440 -- Brees broke the record for NFL completions in 2007 when he notched 440, beating Rich Gannon.
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120 -- In a December 2009 game against Dallas, Brees tied Aaron Brooks' franchise record of 120 career touchdown passes.
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20,000, 150 -- Brees became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 20,000 yards and 150 touchdowns in his first five seasons with a new organization.
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6 -- In 2009, Brees led the Saints to a 45-27 Opening Day victory with a career-best six touchdowns, tying a franchise record set by Billy Kilmer in 1969.
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57 -- Brees was named Sports Illustrated's 57th Sportsman of the Year for his accomplishments on the field and off.
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10 -- Number of years Brees has been in the NFL. Before landing with the Saints, Brees played five seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
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4 -- Number of Pro-Bowls Brees has played in during his career.
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