Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). After a prolific college football career at Purdue University, he was chosen by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He left college, establishing two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records and 19 Purdue University record. Brees was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's best quarterback in 1999. He won the Maxwell Award as the nation's outstanding player of 2000 and theNCAA's Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001.
He graduated in 2001 with a degree in industrial management, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Brees only received offers from Purdue and Kentucky, ultimately choosing the former due to its highly rated academics.Brees did not play "tackle football" until high school and was on the flag football team at St. Andrew's Episcopal School.
Brees was born to Eugene Wilson "Chip" Brees II. Both of Brees' parents had athletic backgrounds. His father played basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies men's basketball team and his mother was a former all-state in three sports in high school