13. Drew Brees: Brees was taken in the second round (32nd overall) by the San Diego Chargers in the 2001 draft. Brees has played 186 games (185 starts) over 13 seasons with the Chargers and the New Orleans Saints. Although Brees was solid during his time in San Diego It has been his play with the Saints that places him near the top of this list. In eight years in New Orleans, Brees has made the Pro Bowl seven times while leading the NFL in completion percentage (three times), passing yards (four times) and touchdowns (four times). Three of his best seasons have come in the last three years. In 2011, Brees led the league in completion percentage (71.2), passing yards (5,476) and touchdowns (46) while taking the Saints to a 13-3 record. A year later, Brees was on top of the NFL in passing yards (5,177) and touchdowns (43) once again while completing 63 percent of his passes. In ’13, Brees brought the Saints back into the playoffs after a one-year absence when he threw for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions while completing 68.6 percent of his throws.
As well as being stellar in the regular season, Brees has put up incredible numbers in the playoffs. During his 11 playoff appearances, Brees has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 3,539 yards and 24 touchdowns to only six interceptions including a stretch during the 2009 playoffs where he threw eight touchdowns against no interceptions as the Saints won the Super Bowl.
For his career to this point, Brees has completed 65.9 percent of his passes for 51,081 yards and 363 touchdowns while adding 622 yards and 12 scores on the ground. Along the way, Brees has earned the AP offensive Player of the Year award twice, AP Comeback Player of the Year, and the 2009 NFL Super Bowl MVP.