The top five Drew Brees moments of 2010

2010: The year of Drew Brees(notes)

When San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees suffered a debilitating shoulder injury in January of 2006, many experts feared his career may be over. But the New Orleans Saints had faith in Brees and over the next five years, he became perhaps the greatest QB in the NFL. More importantly, he accomplished what many long suffering Saints fans like me feared may be impossible. Brees led the Saints to the Promised Land and won the Super Bowl. 2010 will forever be known as the year of Drew Brees.

5. Drew Brees makes the cover of "Madden NFL 11"

Believe it or not, when EA Sports announced that Drew Brees made the cover of "Madden NFL 11" in 2010, their decision was greeted with skepticism throughout Who Dat nation. As most NFL fans know, there is supposedly a curse on every NFL player who has appeared on the cover of "Madden." This fear was heightened by the fact that New Orleans has a long tradition of belief in mysticism and superstition. In fact, I refuse to buy the game in 2010! But through week 15, Drew Brees has played great in the 2010 NFL season.

4. Drew Brees wins numerous individual awards

Thanks to the success that the New Orleans Saints had on the field, Drew Brees brought home many individual honors in 2010. Just moments after winning the Super Bowl, Brees was named the MVP. As the Saints continued to play well in the 2010 regular season, "Sports Illustrated" named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year. Shortly thereafter, the Associated Press named him the 2010 AP Male Athlete of the Year. But all these individual honors pale in comparison to what happened in January and February of 2010.

3. The New Orleans Saints win the NFC Championship

In 2007, Drew Brees led the Saints to the NFC title game in Chicago. But the Saints fell in the wintry conditions and Saints fans who made the trek to Chicago were subjected to the disgusting behavior of Bears fans. So head coach Sean Payton knew that earning home field advantage would be a high priority the next time the Saints reached the playoffs. In 2010, the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-28 in the Superdome to win the NFC Championship. Drew Brees completed 17 of 31 passes for 197 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs.

2. The New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl

As Saints fans continued to celebrate after the Vikings game and New Orleans officials began to prepare for the team's Super Bowl parade (win or lose), the Saints headed to Miami to face the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning(notes) and the Colts were heavy favorites in the 2010 Super Bowl. But after a sluggish start, Drew Brees got white hot. He completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs to lead the Saints to a 31-17 victory. Thanks to Brees, New Orleans began the biggest party that I had ever seen in 38 years of living in the Big Easy.

1. Bowen Christopher Brees is born

Knowing the kind of man Drew Brees is, I'm sure if you asked him what his greatest moment of 2010 was, it would have nothing to do with the New Orleans Saints. Shortly after the Super Bowl, Brees announced that his wife was pregnant with their second child. The most iconic moment of the Super Bowl in 2010 was Drew Brees holding his son Baylen during the postgame celebration. Still, many Saints fans were concerned that a mid-season birth could cause Brees to miss a game. However, labor was induced on a Tuesday and Brittany gave birth to Bowen Christopher Brees on October 19, 2010. This was certainly the greatest Drew Brees moment of 2010.

Sources

Lou Kesten, "Drew Brees lands cover of 'Madden' video game," yahoo.com

Brett Martel, "Drew Brees is the AP's Male Athlete of the Year," yahoo.com

Barry Wilner, "Saints beat Vikings in OT, reach 1st Super Bowl," yahoo.com

Steven Wine, "Saints win 1st NFL title by beating Colts 31-17," yahoo.com

ProFootball Weekly, "Brees announces new baby's name via Twitter," yahoo.com

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Updated Tuesday, Dec 21, 2010