Drew Brees will help with the coaching transition at Purdue, serving as an assistant coach for the Boilermakers. Check it out here.
Drew Brees : Assistant coach | Citrus bowl | Record
Drew Christopher Brees is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 20 seasons.
|Born:||January 15, 1979
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||209 lb (95 kg)|
A member of the New Orleans Saints for most of his career, Brees is the NFL leader in career completion percentage, along with being second in career passing yards, career touchdown passes, career pass attempts, and career pass completions.
He also holds the record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass, breaking the feat held by Johnny Unitas for 52 years.
Brees played college football at Purdue, where he set the Big Ten Conference records for completions, attempts, and yards.
Drew Brees assistant coach
Drew Brees is going back to Purdue as an interim assistant coach ahead of the Citrus Bowl.
The school announced Thursday that Brees will work on the field with players and participate in recruiting.
He said in a statement:
“I am extremely excited to work with our team over the next few weeks as we prepare for the Citrus Bowl. I see it not only as an opportunity to coach and mentor this group of young men, but represent all the former Purdue players that care so much about our program.
This is also preparation for the future of Purdue Football with new head coach Ryan Walters. I had a great conversation with Coach Walters last night, and love the energy, passion and detail he will bring to our program. The future is bright, and there is no better time to be a Boilermaker!”
Per Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, Brees wanted to help the football team as it transitions to Walters as its new head coach.
Former head coach Jeff Brohm left Purdue to take the same position at the University of Louisville.
The 51-year-old is from Louisville and played football at the school from 1989 to 1993. He also worked as an assistant coach for the Cardinals from 2003 to 2008.
The Boilermakers had an inconsistent six-season run under Brohm. They went 36-34, and this season saw them play in the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time.
Brees, Purdue’s starting quarterback from 1998 to 2000, is one of the best football players in school history. He is its all-time leader in passing yards (11,792), completions (1,026) and passing touchdowns (90).
Drew Brees Citrus Bowl
Drew Brees will help with the coaching transition at Purdue, serving as an assistant coach for the Boilermakers as they prepare for and play in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl against No. 17 LSU on Jan. 2 in Orlando.
“I think this is an opportunity to play against one of the best programs in the country,” Brees told WWL Radio in New Orleans on Thursday. “… The fact that I have a chance to impact our student-athletes, our football players, with coaching and mentorship over the next few weeks and then have a chance to game plan and get back in the mix a little bit and walk the sidelines … obviously with the Tigers, this will be a lot of fun.”
Brees, 43, who was hired by Purdue as a countable assistant under NCAA guidelines, is permitted to work with student-athletes as well as participate in recruiting activities.
Brees told WWL Radio that this is just a temporary job.
“No,” Brees said when asked if he was interested in coaching opportunities down the line. “This is just a short-term thing. This came about with Coach [Jeff] Brohm leaving and us being in a position where we were trying to fill the gap between now and after the bowl game.”
Before embarking on an illustrious 20-year NFL career with the Chargers and Saints, Brees left West Lafayette after the 2000 season as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in program and Big Ten history. He ended his college career as the conference’s leader in passing yards, touchdowns, total offensive yards, completions and attempts.
Brees ranks second in NFL history in career passing yards (80,358) and touchdown passes (571).
In the Wild Card Round against the Chicago Bears, Brees threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns during the 21–9 win.
National Football League records
- Most passing touchdowns, single game (7) (tied with 7 others)
- Best pass completion percentage, single season (74.4% in 2018)
- Highest career completion percentage (67.7%)
New Orleans Saints franchise records
Brees holds numerous passing records for the Saints franchise:
- Passing yards, career (68,010)
- Passing yards, single game (510)
- Passing touchdowns, career (491)
- Pass completions, career (6,017)
- Pass completions, single game (39) – Brees accomplished the 39 completions in four total games
- Pass attempts, career (8,742)
- Pass attempts, single game (60)
- Passing yards, single season (5,476) (2011)
- Passing touchdowns, single season (46) (2011)
- Pass completions, single season (471) (2016)
- Pass attempts, single season (673) (2016)
- Longest pass-play, (98 yards) (2016)
- Completion percentage, single season (74.4%)
- Completion percentage, career (67.7%)
In the Divisional Round against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brees threw for 134 yards and a touchdown but also threw three interceptions in a 30–20 loss.
On February 6, 2021, the Saints renegotiated Brees’ contract, which reduced his salary down to $1.075 million for the upcoming season to save salary cap space.
On March 14, 2021, exactly 15 years to the day that Brees signed his first contract with the New Orleans Saints, Brees announced his retirement after twenty seasons.
The Saints placed him on their reserve/retired list on June 11, 2021.