Former Charger Brees Breaks Record

When Drew Brees was selected by the San Diego Chargers during the draft of 2001, we were instant fans.  While he was here he was a great guy in the community and played like a future hall of famer.   I remember how excited everyone was that we passed up Vick (still happy about that) and that we also picked up another future hall of fame player in LT.

Brees did nothing but impress, even after Rivers was drafted in 2004 and rumors swirled that he would be replaced by the rookie.  Those rumors came true at the end of the 2005 season.  At the beginning of the season Brees was made a franchise player for the Chargers as he posted a career high in passing yards with 3,576. Brees also posted an 89.2 rating, 10th best in the NFL. However, in the last game of the 2005 season against the Broncos, Brees tore his labrum while trying to pick up his own fumble.

Brees had surgery in his right shoulder on January 5, 2006.   After the surgery AJ Smith did not have faith in Brees and extended an offensive 5-year, $50 million contract that paid $2 million in base salary the first year and the rest heavily based on performance incentives.  Based on that, Brees shopped around and then signed a 6-year, $60 million deal with the Saints on March 14, 2006.

His success with the Saints is fairy tale stuff.   Breaking records, winning Super Bowls and helping a community heal after great tragedy.  That continued last night when he broke Dan Marino’s record.  It was Brees final pass of the game and it gave him 5,087 yards passing.  As Sproles (another former Charger) spiked the ball, Brees put his arm over his head and started walking toward midfield while the Superdome crowd went wild and his teammates chased him down.

I was teary eyed.  Not only for his accomplishments but for where the Chargers could be today.  Way to go Drew!

ChargerGirl Cindi

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  • DavidConrique

    I’m happy Drew Brees was able to find a new home in New Orleans. He is a great quaterback and I will always be a fan of his… but I still LOVE Philip Rivers and would rather have him than Brees.

    • CindiSpears

      It was hard watching last night game. Brees, Sproles and Turner. Sigh. @DavidConrique

      • CindiSpears

        Oh, and I still love Philip, he is our guy. :) @DavidConrique

      • DavidConrique

        I completely agree Cindi. Sproles was one of our missing links this year and who knows where we would be if we had kept Turner.They are all still Chargers in my eyes :)I’m just so happy for all of them to have found success elsewhere. Hopefully, now its Mathews and Todmans time to shine.

        I heard a rumor a while back that AJ Smith was staying in SD and Jon Gruden and Mike Ditka would be brought on to our coaching staff. I know right now there are rumors that Gruden and Smith will be going to St. Louis… but I will not be surprised if they announce that they will be in San Diego.

        This whole off season is going to be exciting. Draft picks, coaching changes… everything! Even though we failed to make the playoffs I feel like this year will be a blessing in disguise. We now know what needs to be fixed. We have been hiding behind empty stats and trying to convice ourselves that we are superbowl contenders. This year proved that we have some serious holes/flaws which is GREAT for the team in the long run. Now we can focus on fixing these problems

  • epadaon

    definitely happy for brees… but there was no way that we were going to keep him around here. just happy that he was able to tear it up in a different conference

  • KennyRedman

    We had no intention of keeping Brees when you use the first pick (or 4th) in the draft to select a QB. I liked Brees, but I love Rivers.

  • Gary Green

    Isn’t if finally time we “fix” things in SD ? My opinion: Norv isn’t bad, he just isn’t close to be good enough for our talent ! Maybe that’s why he’s still here … wonder how many fans have actually fallen away because of the consistent refusal to “fix” our problems and eliminate our continual disappointments ? Brees and Sproles could/should still be Chargers … wonder how many Super Bowl rings would be living in SD if that would have happened ? PS: I really like Rivers, it’s not his fault !