[caption id="attachment_20700" align="aligncenter" width="512"] btn.com[/caption] While our week 5 Player of the Week is most deserving, I feel it's necessary to give a quick shoutout to the Colts. They downed the Packers in the most remarkable style and pulled off an emotional victory in honour of their coach Chuck Pagano. Champions. Anyway, let's get to it. The Player of the Week is -
Drew BreesQuarterback, New Orleans Saints. DOB: 15 January, 1979 (33 years old) College: Purude Height: 6'0 (1.83m) Weight: 91kg NFL Draft: 32nd overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft Career games: 159 games Week 5 stats: vs San Diego Chargers – 29/45, 370 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT, 110.4 rating. Career stats: 42,462 yards, 295 TDs, 152 INTs, 93.9 rating
Why he won player of the week (week 5)Well, a number of reasons really. Brees led his team to their first victory of the season in front of over 73,000 adoring home fans, with suspended coach Sean Payton watching on and broke Johnny Unitas' 52-year record after Brees threw a TD for the 48th straight game. I'll give you a minute to take all that in. Brees did it in his usual fashion -- with class and style, throwing 29/45 for 370 yards, four TDs. Elite. Stunning. (Almost) perfect. It didn't take long befor the 33-year-old Super Bowl champion broke the long-standing record Unitas kept for over half a century. With just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter, Brees unleashed with a beautiful 40-yard pass to WR Devery Henderson into the endzone. Hendersen wears No.19. Unitas wore No.19. Remarkable. Brees only found six different receivers throughout the game but three had over five receptions and two eclipsed well over 100 yards. He made some huge plays, too. 13 of his passess were well over 10 yards, including bombs to Pierre Thomas (36 yards), Devery Henderson (41 yards) and Marques Colson (40 yards). Special mention must go out to Colston. He finished with nine receptions for 131 yards and three TDs. The Saints sit at 1-4 and face a slugfest trying to catch up in not only a strong division with a raging 5-0 Falcons team, but a deep, deep NFC conference. But, they took the first step against the Chargers, and Brees played a big part in that. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OtYCPmln7Y
Facts and figures
- Brees currently holds four San Diego franchise records, 43 New Orleans franchise records and 62 NFL records. I've seen better.
- Brees defeated Andy Roddick in a tennis match when they were youngsters.
- Archie Manning, father of Super Bowl champions Eli and Peyton (shut up Cooper), often texts Brees before Saints games.
- Brees holds an industrial management/manufacturing major
- He married his college sweetheart, and they have two kids
- During the offseason, Brees lives in San Diego
What he said
"I guess you really couldn't have written a better script for tonight. To break the record, to get the win, and the fashion in which we won -- really a complete team effort all the way around." - Drew Brees