) (born January 15, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).
Nine months after suffering a bad dislocation in his shoulder joint and a 360 degree tear of his labrum and rotator cuff, Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent, where he met immediate success, earning eight trips to the Pro Bowl and leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl in Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts.
Since joining the Saints in 2006, he has led all NFL quarterbacks in touchdowns, passing yards and 300-yard games.
He was the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 20, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV.
Sports Illustrated named Brees its 2010 Sportsman of the Year.
Brees was born to Eugene Wilson "Chip" Brees II, a prominent trial lawyer, and Mina Ruth (née Akins; died 2009), an attorney.