Drew Brees’s 400th career touchdown pass couldn’t have come at a better time. With his Saints deadlocked 20-20 against the Dallas Cowboys in overtime, Brees hit C. J. Spiller with a beautiful touch pass for an 80-yard one-off touchdown.
Just like that, the game was over. For the New Orleans Saints, the play was gigantic. Staring down the barrel of an 0-4 start to the season, they got a much-needed win. For Drew Brees, it solidified his standing as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Only five QBs in NFL history have thrown 400 or more touchdowns—Peyton Manning (536), Brett Favre (508), Dan Marino (420), Tom Brady (401)—and now Brees. All five will end up in the Hall of Fame.
The journey to 400 wasn’t easy for Brees. Early in his career as a member of the Chargers, he was benched in favor of Doug Flutie. A couple seasons later, San Diego acquired Philip Rivers, and the writing on the wall indicated that Brees was on his way out. In his last game as a Charger, he suffered a major injury, tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder. The injury scared off many would-be suitors in free agency, but New Orleans came knocking—and the rest, as they say, is history. Now in his 10th season as a Saint, Brees led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2009 and racked up eight Pro Bowl selections during his time in the Big Easy.
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The secret to Brees’s success is not complicated. He works incredibly hard. When STACK shadowed Brees during a workout back in 2009, we were amazed by his intensity. He attacks every day with a high level of passion and focus, and his results on the field speak volumes. Congrats to Brees for reaching this impressive milestone.
Check out his full, uncut workout in the video player above.
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