Drew Brees Net Worth 2021, Age, Height, Family, Wife, Kids, College, Forbes

Drew Brees net worth

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Introduction

Drew Brees is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 20 seasons. A member of the New Orleans Saints for most of his career, Brees is the NFL leader in career pass completions, career completion percentage, and regular season passing yards, along with being second in career touchdown passes and career pass attempts. 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. Despite his collegiate success, questions over his height and arm strength caused him to not be selected until the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Brees initially struggled before having a breakout season in 2004, earning him Pro Bowl and Comeback Player of the Year honors. Re-signed to a one-year contract, Brees suffered a potentially career-ending injury the following season, which resulted in the Chargers allowing him to leave in free agency.

Joining the Saints, he brought new success to a franchise that had only seven winning seasons, five playoff appearances, and one postseason win during the 39 years prior to his arrival. He led the Saints between 2006 and 2020 to nine playoff runs, seven division titles (including four consecutive from 2017 to 2020), three NFC Championship Game appearances, and the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XLIV.

At the conclusion of his 15 seasons in New Orleans, Brees extended his total Pro Bowl selections to 13 and was twice named Offensive Player of the Year. He also led the NFL in passing yards a record seven times and in passing touchdowns a record four times. Although never receiving Most Valuable Player honors during the regular season, he was recognized as the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Brees retired after the 2020 season and joined NBC Sunday Night Football as an analyst.

Early life

NameDrew Brees
Net Worth$170 million
ProfessionBusinessman, Former American Footballer
Height1.83m
Age42 years
Drew Brees net worth 2021

Drew Christopher Brees was born on January 15, 1979(age 42 years) in Dallas. United States. His parents are Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth, an attorney. His grandfather fought in the Battle of Okinawa. A Sports Illustrated article stated he was named for Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson but in a 2014 interview Brees said this story was “just legend”.

He has a younger brother, Reid (born 1981). When Brees was seven, his parents divorced and shared custody of the boys, who split their time between both parents’ homes. Today, he admits that it was a very tough and challenging life after the divorce; however, Brees and his younger brother, Reid, supported each other and became very close. They have a younger half-sister, Audrey, from their father’s remarriage to Amy Hightower, daughter of the late U.S. Representative (D-TX) Jack English Hightower. Brees is a Republican.

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Both of Brees’s 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 athlete in three sports in high school. His maternal uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-American starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns college football team from 1972 to 1975, and his maternal grandfather, Ray Akins, had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach, in his three decades at Gregory-Portland High School. His younger brother, Reid, was an outfielder for the Baylor Bears baseball team, which made the 2005 College World Series; Reid now resides in Colorado, where he works in sales.

After moving to the Austin area, Brees did not play tackle football until high school and was on the flag football team at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, where his teammates included actor Ben McKenzie, who was in the same year. In high school, he was a varsity letterman in baseball, basketball, and football, and was considering playing college baseball rather than football. College recruiters quickly ran after Brees blew out his knee in the 11th grade.

After overcoming the ACL tear, he was selected as Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Austin Westlake High School football team to a 16–0 record and a state championship. As a high school football player, Brees completed 314 of 490 passes (64.1 percent) for 5,461 yards with 50 touchdowns, including in his senior season, 211 of 333 passes (63.4 percent) for 3,528 yards with 31 touchdowns. When Brees started for two seasons, Westlake went 28–0–1 and beat a Dominic Rhodes-led Abilene Cooper 55–15 in the 1996 title game.

He was given honorable mention in the state high school all-star football team and the USA Today All-USA high school football team, alongside former San Diego Chargers teammate and longtime friend LaDainian Tomlinson. Brees had hoped to follow in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps and play for the Texas Longhorns or Texas A&M Aggies, but was not heavily recruited despite his stellar record.

Career

Drew Brees received offers from only two colleges, Purdue and Kentucky, choosing Purdue for its highly rated academics. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in industrial management, and is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.

After a relatively uneventful freshman season, Brees was given his first start during his sophomore year by Boilermakers head coach Joe Tiller and became an integral part of Tiller and Jim Chaney’s unorthodox “basketball on grass” spread offense, serving as offensive captain during his junior and senior years.

He had the option to make himself available for the 2000 NFL Draft but chose to return for his senior year to complete his studies. In 2000, he led the Boilermakers to memorable last-minute upsets against top-ranked Ohio State and Michigan en route to the Boilermakers’ first Big Ten championship (shared with Michigan and Northwestern) since 1967.

The Ohio State game was replayed on ESPN Classic and is widely remembered for Brees’s four interceptions and 64-yard touchdown pass to Seth Morales with 1:55 remaining to seal a vital 31–27 win, prompting commentator Brent Musburger to exclaim “Holy Toledo!” and a post-game field rush. Due to head-to-head victories over Michigan and Northwestern, Purdue won the invitation to the 2001 Rose Bowl, Purdue’s first appearance there since 1967, where Purdue lost by ten points to the Washington Huskies.

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 the NCAA’s Today’s Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001. Brees was also fourth in Heisman Trophy voting in 1999 and third in 2000.

As a senior, Brees became the first Boilermaker since Bruce Brineman in 1989 to earn Academic All-America honors. Additionally, he won Academic All-Big Ten honors a record three times, was initiated into Mortar Board and awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award. Brees also was awarded Purdue’s Leonard Wilson Award for unselfishness and dedication.

In his college career, Brees set two NCAA records, 13 Big Ten Conference records, and 19 Purdue University records. He left Purdue with Big Ten Conference records in passing yards (11,792), touchdown passes (90), total offensive yards (12,693), completions (1,026), and attempts (1,678). He tied an NCAA record with the 99-yard pass to receiver Vinny Sutherland against Northwestern on September 25, 1999, and held the NCAA record for pass attempts in a game (83) for 15 years, until Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday broke it in October 2013.

In 2009, Brees was inducted into Purdue’s Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The Big Ten Conference’s Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year award initiated in 2011 was named in his and Bob Griese’s honor. He was named the Big Ten’s best quarterback of the 1990s and ranked number 48 on the 2010 documentary Big Ten Icons, featuring the conference’s top fifty student-athletes.

On July 6, 2010, Brees released his first book, entitled Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, co-authored by Chris Fabry. Coming Back Stronger opened at number 3 on the nonfiction bestseller list of The New York Times.

In April 2010, Brees was voted by fans as the cover athlete of EA Sports Madden NFL 11 video game. Brees wears #9 on his uniform in honor of late baseball player Ted Williams. He is sometimes known by the nicknames “Breesus” by Saints fans and “Cool Brees”, which he acquired during his younger years for his calmness under pressure.

On March 30, 2010, Brees became the national spokesperson for AdvoCare International, a multi-level marketing company, which produces weight management, nutritional supplement, and personal care products. When Brees broke the NFL record for all-time passing yards, he sent a personalized football and letter to those players that helped him reach the milestone.

Brees utilizes former Major League Baseball player and coach Tom House as his mechanics coach. In 2019, Brees partnered with San Diego Surf Sports to help with the local youth sports scene in the San Diego area. He follows a strict diet, avoiding gluten, dairy, and nuts due to food allergies. He also has a regimented daily exercise routine, focusing on core strength exercises rather than heavy weight training.

On June 3, 2020, during the George Floyd protests, Brees told Yahoo Finance that he stood by his 2016 opinion that kneeling during the national anthem was disrespectful to the flag and to the US. Several of his teammates and other professional athletes expressed disappointment and anger at the statement. He apologized early the next day.

Charity and volunteer activities

In 2010, Sports Illustrated described Brees as “an athlete as adored and appreciated as any in an American city today”. When Sports Illustrated selected him for the 2010 Sportsman of the Year award, it said the award was “[f]or not only leading the New Orleans Saints to the first Super Bowl title in the franchise’s history, but also for helping lead the city of New Orleans’ rebirth after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina”. The fact that he and his family lived in New Orleans proper, instead of the suburbs like many players did, further endeared him to fans.

Brees Dream Foundation

In 2003, Brees and his wife, Brittany, founded the Brees Dream Foundation to support cancer patients and research in memory of Brittany’s aunt who died of cancer. Since Brees’ move to New Orleans, the foundation has expanded to provide assistance for Hurricane Katrina rebuilding projects. The foundation continues to fund and support various programs in San Diego, California, where Brees usually spends his offseasons, and West Lafayette, Indiana, where the couple’s alma mater, Purdue, is located and where Brees returns to visit yearly.

Brees and his foundation have been heavily involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery. Drew and Brittany’s Brees Dream Foundation announced a partnership in 2007 with international children’s charity Operation Kids, to rebuild and restore and recreate academic and athletic facilities, parks, and playgrounds, after-school programs, mentoring programs for the intellectually disabled, neighborhood revitalization projects and child care facilities in New Orleans. Brees also sponsors the Rebuilding Through Brotherhood program to invite fellow Sigma Chi members to the New Orleans community to build homes with the Habitat for Humanity.

In July 2020, Brees and his wife, Brittany, partnered with Ochsner Health System and donated $5 million through the Brees Dream Foundation to help build numerous healthcare centers throughout Louisiana.

To date, the Brees Dream Foundation has donated over $35 million to charitable causes worldwide.

Other activities

Brees signs autographs at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base on June 29, 2009, along with fellow NFL players Billy Miller and Donnie Edwards. Brees has been on multiple USO tours throughout his career. In late June 2009, he visited the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Following his return, Brees was quoted as stating that Guantanamo captives were being treated ten times better than convicts in U.S. prisons.

In February 2008, Brees signed a promotional deal with Chili’s Grill & Bar to promote the chain’s new line of hamburgers. The promotion helped raise money for charity. In June 2008, Brees participated in the Pro Sports Team Challenge, a competition for professional athletes to help raise money for charities. The charity Brees played for was Operation Kids.

On February 18, 2007, Brees was honored by the Krewe of Bacchus, a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade organization, as the 2007 Grand Marshal of the Bacchus parade. Brees presided as Bacchus XLII for the 2010 parade on February 14, 2010, one week after the Super Bowl during Mardi Gras season.

In June 2010, President Obama appointed Brees to be co-chair of the newly renamed President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, along with former Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes.

In October 2010, Brees appeared in an It Gets Better video, in which he gave an anti-bullying message in the wake of a series of suicides committed by gay teenagers.

Mother death

Brees’s mother, Mina Brees, died on August 7, 2009, at age 59, from a prescription drug overdose. The death was ruled a suicide. Brees was briefly excused from training camp for a “family matter”. In 2006, Brees described their relationship as “nonexistent” ever since he refused to hire his mother as his agent when he entered the NFL, saying that she undercut his dealings with other agents and tried to sell a book about him to Sports Illustrated without his knowledge, and later that year he told her to stop using his picture in TV commercials during her campaign for the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals.

After her death, Brees stated that this quote was three years old and that his relationship with his mother had been improving. In his autobiography, released almost a year later, he wrote that their relationship had been on the mend and that she had been looking forward to meeting his son, her first grandchild.

Wife

Drew Brees is married to his longtime college sweetheart Brittany Dudchenko, they had their wedding in February 2003. The couple have four children together; three sons born January 2009, October 2010, and August 2012, and a daughter in August 2014. Brees moved to New Orleans not long after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He admits that it was tough moving to a city that was still in shambles from the hurricane; however, he and Brittany immediately fell in love with the culture and “soul” of the city. They purchased and renovated a home in Uptown New Orleans, where they still live.

He admits in an interview that he thinks his family is now completed especially because three boys and one girl were always the couple’s dream. All four children were born in New Orleans and are being raised there. The four priorities in Brees’s life are faith, family, football, and philanthropy; otherwise known as the “four F’s” by Brees. Brees maintains his offseason home in San Diego.

Drew Brees net worth

How much is Drew Brees worth? Drew Brees net worth is estimated at around $170 million. His main source of income is from his businesses. Brees successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars. However, he owns a variety of restaurant businesses. In May 2015, he purchased a 25% stake in “Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar”, a sports bar that originated in Baton Rouge and is currently expanding their franchising into other Gulf Coast states.

In 2019, he opened a Walk-On’s restaurant in Midland, Texas. During initial talks with Walk-On’s, Brees said that he was interested in bringing over some of the lessons that he had learned as a Jimmy John’s franchise owner. He currently owns nine Jimmy John’s stores with a tenth under construction as of August 2019. Carl Buergler, Jimmy John’s director of operations, played football at Purdue with Brees.

In April 2018, Brees filed a lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler. The lawsuit claims Brees and his wife paid $15 million for investment-grade diamonds that an independent appraiser valued at only $6 million. On June 21, 2019, Brees was awarded $6 million in the lawsuit.

In March 2019, Brees partnered with Brandon Landry, co-founder of Walk-On’s, launching a new restaurant.

Religion

Brees is a Christian. Brees was raised as a Christian but stated that he became committed at age 17 when he was at church with a torn ACL and was wondering who he was and what his purpose was in life. Brees later faced other trials such as tearing his shoulder in 2005; however, he maintains that these setbacks only strengthened his relationship with God. A birthmark on the right side of his face led to bullying when he was younger.