Drew Brees will Overcome the NFL 100 All-Time Snub

Kyle T. Mosley

The “Does He Belong” debate has grown over the years about Drew Brees.  The debate intensified after the NFL 100 All-Time Quarterbacks were announced without Drew Brees being on the list.

The discussions about the future NFL Hall of Famer have not always been fair to Brees. The chatter on talk shows, social media, and barber shops on Drew would be, “He’s great, but not great enough.” 

Brees Touchdowns Record
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This sentiment has been echoed about Brees since his Texas State Championship playing days in the Austin area.  He was too short and lacked arm strength, yet he won a Rose Bowl and Big Ten Championship at Purdue.  He does not measure well at an NFL QB, so he was selected at the top of the 2001 NFL Draft in the second-round, but not the first-round. Brees’ challenge to prove NFL executives wrong again began in San Diego.

Brees’ early days in the they have overlooked talent and ability to lead in the NFL were lingering on the sidelines playing second fiddle to for Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie. He took over the team after subpar performances by Flutie and captured the starting job. The San Diego Chargers organization never truly committed to a future with Brees.  In the 2003 draft, they selected QB Eli Manning and traded him to the New York Giants for current QB Phillip Rivers in the first-round. Brees never relinquished the starting role to Rivers.  His shoulder injury was his finale in San Diego, Drew became a free agent, spurned by the Dolphins, but New Orleans welcomed him as their leader in 2006.

Drew Brees and Tom Brady
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They have overlooked Brees’ talent and ability to lead in the NFL. No matter how many records his will break in the NFL, when the “Greatest Quarterback” conversations occur, mentioned are Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.  However, this latest snub by the NFL 100 All-Time panel is inexplicable.  Brees has lived and thrived in the shadows of Brady and Manning.  Brees has enlightened his critics by shattering most of Manning’s records and surpassed Brady in many statistical areas as a quarterback.  With all of his accomplishments and records, experts still did not select him as one of the 10 All-Time great quarterbacks in league history.

Drew Brees by his performance and character time and time again have made the professional decision makers regret their choices. NFL’s 100 All-Time Team’s quarterbacks announcement on Friday night had few to believe Brees’ name would not be on the list. It wasn’t.  Quarterbacks to whom records he has broken heard the call. Brees has beaten a few of the their choices in the playoffs and Manning in Super Bowl 44.  His career highlights have eclipsed many former and current quarterbacks; but still Brees was not on the list.  It begs to wonder what exactly were the criteria for the selection committee members?

The National Football League allotted 10 spots for past and current NFL quarterbacks for inclusion on the NFL 100 All-Time Team’s greatest players.  26 selection panelists ranged from past NFL executives, former players, coaches, and media professionals.  They convened last year by conference call and on-site meetings to complete their selections in August 2019.  The NFL gave them the inevitable task to select not only 10 quarterbacks, but the top 100 All-Time players from the thousands that put on an NFL uniform over the last 100 years.

Drew Brees All Time Passing Record
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The NFL.com website lists the criteria followed by the committee:

The selection criteria for the NFL All-Time Team followed the by-laws outlined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process: The only criteria for election of the Hall of Fame are a nominee’s achievements and contributions as a player, coach, or a contributor in professional football in the United States of America. Additionally, a player must have participated in at least five seasons in the NFL, AFL (American Football League), the AAFC (All-American Football Conference), or some combination thereof.  (SOURCE: NFL)

The quarterback is the most important position on an NFL team.  A quarterback’s performance influences a team’s success and ultimately its failure. The panel chose only 10 quarterbacks to the list of 100, but yielded 12 slots to running backs and linebackers, respectively.  A case against the limited amount of players to select at the position.  Perhaps a better argument would be against the lack of consistent adherence to the Hall of Fame criteria.

The 10 quarterbacks selected to the NFL 100 All-Time Team are:

Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Roger Staubach, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

Based upon the “nominee’s achievements and contributions as a player,” Brees should have been an overwhelming choice. Brees owned the all-time yardage, passing completion percentage, and even touchdowns at the time of the voting.  Two weeks ago, he broke Peyton Manning’s all-time passing touchdown record and broke single-season completion percentage record against the Indianapolis Colts.  Brees’ NFL records and wins are far above Roger Staubach, Dan Marino, Brett Favre, and Sammy Baugh. The panel could have been justified in replacing either of those former players with Brees.

Significant records broken by Brees compared to the list of finalists:

Brees holds the NFL records for Trophy pass completions, career completion percentage, career passing yards, career touchdown passes, is third in regular season career passer rating, and fourth in postseason career passer rating. In 2012, he broke Johnny Unitas’ long-standing record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He has passed for over 5,000 yards in a season five times—no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once. He has led the NFL in passing yards a record seven times and in passing touchdowns a record-tying four times. (Source: Wikipedia)

The New Orleans Saints organization, NFL lovers, Saints and Drew Brees fans are not complimentary of the final 10 quarterbacks listed on the NFL 100 All-Time Team.  The Brees debate will continue for years.  NFL fans, naysayers, and fence sitters will never come to an overwhelming consensus on Drew Brees. 

Forget the statistics, data analytics, and records broken, his passion and competitive nature will take over and be on display in the 2020 Playoffs.  Drew Brees’ desire for another Lombardi Trophy will be on full display in another week or two.  His focus is to lead the New Orleans Saints back to the Super Bowl.  The only way to prove pundits wrong is by showing them the results of your efforts.  In the next generations, Drew Brees will be at the top of the list for Best Quarterbacks in the National Football League history.  For now, Brees has to battle towards the Super Bowl 54 Championship on February 2, 2020 in Miami, FL.  Another Super Bowl ring will leave no doubt to his claim at NFL greatness.

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Comments (11)
cbti51
cbti51

We are beginning to think the NFL 100 greatest picks especially QBs is rigged. With Tom Brady, and Bill B. being the greatest cheaters of all time. Never saw Brees suspended for deflating footballs, or videoing another team. Mr. Kraft is the leader of the cheating Pat's. When a player is accused of sexual misconduct he can't play. I see Mr. Kraft is not suspended while under investigation. I have been an NFL fan for 50+ years, and after this season I may not be. That goes for my friends and family. Drew Brees not being on the top 100 QB list is just another reason why we think the administration of the NFL is becoming corrupt. Just watch as it moves to Vegas.

No. 1-8
Domenation
Domenation

Any list about greatest QBs of all time & doesn't include Drew Brees by the time you get to number two isn't worth the paper on which its listed. The difference between Drew Brees & all the other QBs listed is they were all great franchise QBs. Drew isn't a franchise QB. He is a franchise saving, franchise changing QB.

Not only does Drew hold every major QB record in NFl history, he overcame more than any other QB on that list to do it. He not only overcame a possible career ending injury to his throwing shoulder achieve his success. He also did it in a city which had just been ravaged by the greatest natural disaster in US history. he did it with a rookie head coach who had been so humiliated in his past coaching history that he had been demoted by one of his previous head coaches to not being allowed to call plays for a previous team of which he was the OC. He also did it for an organization who had a deep history of losing tradition for the forty years prior to his arrival.

In the forty years before Drew Brees came to New Orleans the team had a grand total of two divisional championships & one playoff win TOTAL. Not only did he lead his team to a Superbowl & win it while defeating one of the NFL's super darlings & become the Superbowl MVP. He also did it while having to lead a team without it's general manager & head coach for a full season & having to play with his whole defense under threat of a year long suspension. During that time Drew was the cement which held that whole organization together & weathered another storm just as detrimental to that organization as was Hurricane Katrina.

Drew Brees has been the most loved most revered man in the state of Louisiana for over a decade. His character is nearly flawless & he is a great family man & leader of men whom we as a society very rarely ever get to see in our life time. All the gaudy records which will probably last forever aside, Drew will always be not only the greatest player ever, but also the greatest human being ever save our Lord Jesus Christ in the minds of just about every Saints fan who's ever lived to be privileged enough to have witnessed his miraculous accomplishments.

Thibideaux
Thibideaux

I recently heard that Drew Brees isn't in the same league as those in the NFL Top 100. I must say I agree. He is so much better than they are. He is in a class on his own, which is way above the others. Not only has he surpassed the stats in the NFL but he is such a Great person outside of the NFL. Happy to be a Saints fan and a Drew Brees fan!! 🖤💛

Dillon88
Dillon88

Imagine not putting a Super Bowl winning QB with the MOST passing yards in NFL history on the list. Absolute joke of a list, seems like they didn't like putting in current players

Southerngal2139
Southerngal2139

Sooo sick of Brees being overlooked. He'll be put in history as one of the greatest, so 😡 to the NFL. Better start reading stats!!!!

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Point system for players career stats

Only Top 20 rankings get points Number.          Points

20.                =1 point 19.                  2 18.                  3 17.                  4 16.                  5 15.                  6 14.                  7 13.                  8 12.                  9 11.                  10 10.                  11 9. .                  12 8.                    13 7.                    14 6.                    15 5.                    16 4.                    17 3.                    18 2.                    19 1.                    20

Passing yards

1 DREW BREES77,163. (20) 2TOM BRADY74,350. (19) 3Peyton Manning71,940. (18) 4Brett Favre71,838. (17) 5Dan Marino61,361. (16) 6PHILIP RIVERS58,990.  (15) 7ELI MANNING57,023. (14) 8BEN ROETHLISBERGER56,545. (13) 9John Elway51,475 (12) 10MATT RYAN50,873. (11) 11Warren Moon49,325. (10) 12Fran Tarkenton47,003. (9) 13AARON RODGERS46,623. (8) 14Carson Palmer46,247. (7) 15Vinny Testaverde46,233. (6) 16Drew Bledsoe44,611. (5) 17Dan Fouts43,040.    (4) 18MATTHEW STAFFORD41,025.    ( 3) 19Kerry Collins40,922.              (2) 20Joe Montana 40,551.           (  1)

Passing TDs

RKPLAYERTD 1DREW BREES544. (20) 2TOM BRADY539. (19) Peyton Manning539. (18) 4Brett Favre508 (17) 5Dan Marino420. (16) 6PHILIP RIVERS395. (15) 7ELI MANNING366. (14) 8BEN ROETHLISBERGER363. (13) 9AARON RODGERS362. (12) 10Fran Tarkenton342. (11) 11MATT RYAN320. (10) 12John Elway300. (9) 13Carson Palmer294. (8) 14Warren Moon291. (7) 15Johnny Unitas290. (6) 16Vinny Testaverde275. (5) 17Joe Montana273. (4) 18Dave Krieg261 (3) 19MATTHEW STAFFORD256 (2) 20Sonny Jurgensen 255. (1)

Pass Comp

1DREW BREES6,848 (20) 2TOM BRADY6,361 (19) 3Brett Favre6,300 (18) 4Peyton Manning6,125 (17) 5Dan Marino4,967 (16) 6ELI MANNING4,895 (15) 7PHILIP RIVERS4,877 (14) 8BEN ROETHLISBERGER4,651 (13) 9MATT RYAN4,430 (12) 10John Elway4,123 (11) 11Warren Moon3,988 (10) 12Carson Palmer3,941 (9) 13AARON RODGERS3,886 (8) 14Drew Bledsoe3,839 (7) 15Vinny Testaverde3,787 (6) 16Fran Tarkenton3,686 (5) 17JOE FLACCO3,670 (4) 18MATTHEW STAFFORD3,559 (3) 19Kerry Collins3,487 (2) 20Joe Montana 3409. (1)

Passer Rating

1Aaron Rodgers102.7 (20) 2Russell Wilson101.2 (19) 3Drew Brees98.32 (18) 4Tony Romo97.12 (17) 5Tom Brady97.02 (16) 6Kirk Cousins96.8 (15) Steve Young+96.8 (15) 8Peyton Manning96.51 (13) 9Dak Prescott96.42 (12) 10Philip Rivers95.22 (11) 11Matt Ryan94.72 (10) 12Ben Roethlisberger94.02 (9) 13Kurt Warner+93.71 (8) 14Carson Wentz92.72 (7) 15Joe Montana+92.31 (6) 16Jared Goff91.52 (5) 17Derek Carr90.62 (4) 18Chad Pennington90.12 (3) 19Marcus Mariota89.62 (2) 20Andrew Luck89.52 (1)

Passing yard per game

1Drew Brees281.6 (20) 2Matthew Stafford275.3 (19) 3Andrew Luck275.2 (18) Jameis Winston275.2 (18) 5Matt Ryan270.6 (16) 6Peyton Manning270.51 (15) 7Jared Goff262.3 (14) 8Tom Brady261.8 (13) 9Kurt Warner+260.8 (12) 10Philip Rivers259.9 (11) 11Ben Roethlisberger259.4 (10) 12Kirk Cousins259.22 (9) 13Aaron Rodgers259.02 (8) 14Carson Palmer254.1 (7) 15Dan Marino+253.6 (6) 16Carson Wentz252.8 (5) 17Dak Prescott245.6 (4) 18Eli Manning241.6 (3) 19Derek Carr240.9 (2) 20Andy Dalton237.9 (1)

Pass comp %

1Drew Brees67.6% (20) 2Kirk Cousins66.9%(19) 3Chad Pennington66.0% ((18) 4Dak Prescott65.8% (17) 5Kurt Warner+65.5%(16) Matt Ryan65.5% (16) 7Peyton Manning65.3%(14) Tony Romo65.3% (14) 9Aaron Rodgers64.7%(12) 10Philip Rivers64.6%(11) 11Russell Wilson64.5%(10) 12Ben Roethlisberger64.3%(9) Steve Young+64.3% (9) 14Matt Schaub64.2%(7) 15Derek Carr64.0%(6) 16Carson Wentz63.9%(5) Tom Brady63.9%(5) 18Ryan Tannehill63.5%(3) 19Joe Montana+63.2%(2) 20Daunte Culpepper63.0% (1)

Pass int %

1Aaron Rodgers1.4%(20) 2Carson Wentz1.7%(19) 3Dak Prescott1.8%(18) Colin Kaepernick1.8%(18) Tom Brady1.8% (18) Russell Wilson1.8%(18) 7Derek Carr1.9%(14) 8Alex Smith2.0%(13) 9Sam Bradford2.1%(12) Nick Foles2.1%(12) Neil O'Donnell2.1%(12) 12Matt Ryan2.2%(9) Donovan McNabb2.2 (9) Case Keenum2.2%(9) 15Kirk Cousins2.3%(6) Jeff Garcia2.3%(5) Jared Goff2.3% (4) Mark Brunell2.3%(3) Drew Brees2.3%(2) 20Matthew Stafford2.4%(1)

4th quarter comebacks

1Peyton Manning43(20) 2Tom Brady36 (19) 3Drew Brees35(18) 4Johnny Unitas+34(17) 5Dan Marino+33(16) 6John Elway+31(15) Ben Roethlisberger31(15) 8Matt Ryan29(13) Fran Tarkenton+29(13) Vinny Testaverde29(13) 11Brett Favre+28(10) Matthew Stafford28 (10) 13Eli Manning27(8) Philip Rivers27(8) 15Joe Montana+26(6) 16Warren Moon+25(5) 17Drew Bledsoe24(4) Tony Romo24(4) Y.A. Tittle+24(4) 20Jay Cutler23(1)

Career wins

1* Tom Brady[1]219 (20) 2^ Brett Favre[2]186(19) Peyton Manning[3]186(19) 4* Drew Brees[4]162(17) 5^ John Elway[5]148(16) 6^ Dan Marino[6]147(15) 7* Ben Roethlisberger[7]144 (14) 8^ Fran Tarkenton[8]124 (13) 9* Philip Rivers[9]123(12) 10^ Johnny Unitas[10]118(11) 11* Eli Manning[11]117(10) ^ Joe Montana[12]117(10) 13* Aaron Rodgers13 14* Matt Ryan[14]108(7) 15Terry Bradshaw[15]107(6) 16^ Warren Moon[16]102(5) 17^ Jim Kelly[17]101(4) 18Drew Bledsoe[18]98(3)

  • Joe Flacco[19]98(3) Dave Krieg[20]98(3) Donovan McNabb[21]98(3)

Player total points

Drew Brees (155) Tom Brady (148) Payton Manning (134) Phillip Rivers (97) Arron Rogers (96) Ben Roethlisberger (96) Brett Frave (81) Matt Ryan (71) Dan Marino (69) John Elway. (63)

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Point system for players career stats

Only Top 20 rankings get points Number.          Points

20.                =1 point 19.                  2 18.                  3 17.                  4 16.                  5 15.                  6 14.                  7 13.                  8 12.                  9 11.                  10 10.                  11 9. .                  12 8.                    13 7.                    14 6.                    15 5.                    16 4.                    17 3.                    18 2.                    19 1.                    20

Passing yards

1 DREW BREES77,163. (20) 2TOM BRADY74,350. (19) 3Peyton Manning71,940. (18) 4Brett Favre71,838. (17) 5Dan Marino61,361. (16) 6PHILIP RIVERS58,990.  (15) 7ELI MANNING57,023. (14) 8BEN ROETHLISBERGER56,545. (13) 9John Elway51,475 (12) 10MATT RYAN50,873. (11) 11Warren Moon49,325. (10) 12Fran Tarkenton47,003. (9) 13AARON RODGERS46,623. (8) 14Carson Palmer46,247. (7) 15Vinny Testaverde46,233. (6) 16Drew Bledsoe44,611. (5) 17Dan Fouts43,040.    (4) 18MATTHEW STAFFORD41,025.    ( 3) 19Kerry Collins40,922.              (2) 20Joe Montana 40,551.           (  1)

Passing TDs

RKPLAYERTD 1DREW BREES544. (20) 2TOM BRADY539. (19) Peyton Manning539. (18) 4Brett Favre508 (17) 5Dan Marino420. (16) 6PHILIP RIVERS395. (15) 7ELI MANNING366. (14) 8BEN ROETHLISBERGER363. (13) 9AARON RODGERS362. (12) 10Fran Tarkenton342. (11) 11MATT RYAN320. (10) 12John Elway300. (9) 13Carson Palmer294. (8) 14Warren Moon291. (7) 15Johnny Unitas290. (6) 16Vinny Testaverde275. (5) 17Joe Montana273. (4) 18Dave Krieg261 (3) 19MATTHEW STAFFORD256 (2) 20Sonny Jurgensen 255. (1)

Pass Comp

1DREW BREES6,848 (20) 2TOM BRADY6,361 (19) 3Brett Favre6,300 (18) 4Peyton Manning6,125 (17) 5Dan Marino4,967 (16) 6ELI MANNING4,895 (15) 7PHILIP RIVERS4,877 (14) 8BEN ROETHLISBERGER4,651 (13) 9MATT RYAN4,430 (12) 10John Elway4,123 (11) 11Warren Moon3,988 (10) 12Carson Palmer3,941 (9) 13AARON RODGERS3,886 (8) 14Drew Bledsoe3,839 (7) 15Vinny Testaverde3,787 (6) 16Fran Tarkenton3,686 (5) 17JOE FLACCO3,670 (4) 18MATTHEW STAFFORD3,559 (3) 19Kerry Collins3,487 (2) 20Joe Montana 3409. (1)

Passer Rating

1Aaron Rodgers102.7 (20) 2Russell Wilson101.2 (19) 3Drew Brees98.32 (18) 4Tony Romo97.12 (17) 5Tom Brady97.02 (16) 6Kirk Cousins96.8 (15) Steve Young+96.8 (15) 8Peyton Manning96.51 (13) 9Dak Prescott96.42 (12) 10Philip Rivers95.22 (11) 11Matt Ryan94.72 (10) 12Ben Roethlisberger94.02 (9) 13Kurt Warner+93.71 (8) 14Carson Wentz92.72 (7) 15Joe Montana+92.31 (6) 16Jared Goff91.52 (5) 17Derek Carr90.62 (4) 18Chad Pennington90.12 (3) 19Marcus Mariota89.62 (2) 20Andrew Luck89.52 (1)

Passing yard per game

1Drew Brees281.6 (20) 2Matthew Stafford275.3 (19) 3Andrew Luck275.2 (18) Jameis Winston275.2 (18) 5Matt Ryan270.6 (16) 6Peyton Manning270.51 (15) 7Jared Goff262.3 (14) 8Tom Brady261.8 (13) 9Kurt Warner+260.8 (12) 10Philip Rivers259.9 (11) 11Ben Roethlisberger259.4 (10) 12Kirk Cousins259.22 (9) 13Aaron Rodgers259.02 (8) 14Carson Palmer254.1 (7) 15Dan Marino+253.6 (6) 16Carson Wentz252.8 (5) 17Dak Prescott245.6 (4) 18Eli Manning241.6 (3) 19Derek Carr240.9 (2) 20Andy Dalton237.9 (1)

Pass comp %

1Drew Brees67.6% (20) 2Kirk Cousins66.9%(19) 3Chad Pennington66.0% ((18) 4Dak Prescott65.8% (17) 5Kurt Warner+65.5%(16) Matt Ryan65.5% (16) 7Peyton Manning65.3%(14) Tony Romo65.3% (14) 9Aaron Rodgers64.7%(12) 10Philip Rivers64.6%(11) 11Russell Wilson64.5%(10) 12Ben Roethlisberger64.3%(9) Steve Young+64.3% (9) 14Matt Schaub64.2%(7) 15Derek Carr64.0%(6) 16Carson Wentz63.9%(5) Tom Brady63.9%(5) 18Ryan Tannehill63.5%(3) 19Joe Montana+63.2%(2) 20Daunte Culpepper63.0% (1)

Pass int %

1Aaron Rodgers1.4%(20) 2Carson Wentz1.7%(19) 3Dak Prescott1.8%(18) Colin Kaepernick1.8%(18) Tom Brady1.8% (18) Russell Wilson1.8%(18) 7Derek Carr1.9%(14) 8Alex Smith2.0%(13) 9Sam Bradford2.1%(12) Nick Foles2.1%(12) Neil O'Donnell2.1%(12) 12Matt Ryan2.2%(9) Donovan McNabb2.2 (9) Case Keenum2.2%(9) 15Kirk Cousins2.3%(6) Jeff Garcia2.3%(5) Jared Goff2.3% (4) Mark Brunell2.3%(3) Drew Brees2.3%(2) 20Matthew Stafford2.4%(1)

4th quarter comebacks

1Peyton Manning43(20) 2Tom Brady36 (19) 3Drew Brees35(18) 4Johnny Unitas+34(17) 5Dan Marino+33(16) 6John Elway+31(15) Ben Roethlisberger31(15) 8Matt Ryan29(13) Fran Tarkenton+29(13) Vinny Testaverde29(13) 11Brett Favre+28(10) Matthew Stafford28 (10) 13Eli Manning27(8) Philip Rivers27(8) 15Joe Montana+26(6) 16Warren Moon+25(5) 17Drew Bledsoe24(4) Tony Romo24(4) Y.A. Tittle+24(4) 20Jay Cutler23(1)

Career wins

1* Tom Brady[1]219 (20) 2^ Brett Favre[2]186(19) Peyton Manning[3]186(19) 4* Drew Brees[4]162(17) 5^ John Elway[5]148(16) 6^ Dan Marino[6]147(15) 7* Ben Roethlisberger[7]144 (14) 8^ Fran Tarkenton[8]124 (13) 9* Philip Rivers[9]123(12) 10^ Johnny Unitas[10]118(11) 11* Eli Manning[11]117(10) ^ Joe Montana[12]117(10) 13* Aaron Rodgers13 14* Matt Ryan[14]108(7) 15Terry Bradshaw[15]107(6) 16^ Warren Moon[16]102(5) 17^ Jim Kelly[17]101(4) 18Drew Bledsoe[18]98(3)

  • Joe Flacco[19]98(3) Dave Krieg[20]98(3) Donovan McNabb[21]98(3)

Player total points based on point system

Drew Brees (155) Tom Brady (148) Payton Manning (134) Phillip Rivers (97) Arron Rogers (96) Ben Roethlisberger (96) Brett Frave (81) Matt Ryan (71) Dan Marino (69) John Elway. (63)

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