Award showcases a century of student-athlete success that goes beyond sports.
Career: Purdue and Big Ten Conference career leader in passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692) ... Purdue leader in career completion percentage (.611) ... ranks second in school history with 132.5 passing efficiency mark and 45 interceptions ... tied for 14th with 14 rushing touchdowns and tied for 16th with 16 non-passing touchdowns (14 rushing and two receiving) ... only quarterback in Big Ten history with two 500-plus passing yards ... has school records of seven, 400-plus-yard passing games, 16, 300-plus-yard passing games and 27, 250-plus-yard passing games ... Purdue leader in career rushing yards among quarterbacks (900) ... on NCAA career lists (which do not include bowl games) ranks fourth in attempts (1,525), fourth in completions (942), fourth in total offense (11,815), ninth in passing yards (10,909) and tied for 11th in passing touchdowns (81) ... named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week eight times (tied with Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne for most-often in conference history).
2000: Maxwell Award recipient (nation's top player) ... finished third in Heisman Trophy balloting (behind Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke and Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel) ... Academic All-American of the Year ... Purdue's first, first-team Academic All-American since offensive tackle Bruce Brineman in 1989 ... finalist for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as nation's top senior quarterback ... semifinalist for Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award ... named National Collegiate Scholar-Athlete by National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame ($18,000 postgraduate scholarship) ... first team All-American by Gannett News Service ... third team All-American by Football News ... Chicago Tribune Silver Football recipient as Big Ten Most Valuable Player ... Purdue's first Silver Football honoree since quarterback Mark Herrmann in 1980) ... Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and first team All-Big Ten by both coaches and media ... team Most Valuable Player ... also received team's Leonard Wilson Award (unselfishness and dedication) and Kiwanis Citizenship Award ... Academic All-District V and All-Big Ten ... four-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (weeks ending Sept. 10-co, Sept. 24, Oct. 15, Oct. 29-co) ... started all 12 games ... completed 309 of 512 passes (60.4 percent) for 3,668 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions ... team's second-leading rusher with 512 yards on 95 carries (5.5 average) with five touchdowns ... only Bo Bobrowski has rushed for more yards in a season among Purdue quarterbacks with 549 in 1973 ... led nation in total offense (358.1 yards per game) ... second player in school history to be nation's total offense leader following quarterback Jim Everett in 1985 ... set Purdue and Big Ten season total offense record with 4,189 yards ... became Purdue's career total offense and completions leader while completing 32 of 46 passes for 415 yards with two touchdowns vs. Kent State on Sept. 9 ... completed 33 of 49 passes for 409 yards with two touchdowns and took over Purdue top spot for career passing touchdowns and attempts vs. Minnesota on Sept. 23 ... also rushed for a career-high 88 yards on 12 carries (7.3 average) in that game ... caught 5-yard touchdown pass from Vinny Sutherland at Penn State on Sept. 30 ... set school career passing yards record while completing 32 of 44 passes for 286 yards with two touchdowns vs. Michigan on Oct. 7 ... threw five touchdown passes at Northwestern on Oct. 14 ... threw season-long 78-yard touchdown strike to Seth Morales at Wisconsin on Oct. 21 ... passed for season-high 455 yards (39 of 65) with three touchdowns, including game-winning 64-yarder to Morales with 1:55 left, vs. Ohio State on Oct. 28 ... threw 68-yard touchdown to Sutherland at Michigan State on Nov. 11 ... rushed for 85 yards on 10 carries (8.5 average) vs. Indiana on Nov. 18 ... fired career touchdown No. 90 -- and last -- vs. Washington in Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 (a 24-yarder to Sutherland) ... completed 10 of 20 passes for 119 yards with one touchdown in Hula Bowl on Jan. 20.
1999: First recipient of Socrates Award recognizing the nation's finest athlete in terms of academics, athletics and community service ... runner-up for Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (to Georgia Tech's Joe Hamilton) and Maxwell Award as the nation's top player (to Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne) ... finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting (behind Dayne, Hamilton and Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick) ... second team All-American by Football News ... second team GTE Academic All-American ... first team All-Big Ten by both coaches and media ... Academic All-District V and All-Big Ten ... selected Purdue's Male Athlete of the Year ... chosen for Purdue Mortar Board ... started all 12 games ... led Big Ten in attempts, completions and passing yards ... totals of 554 attempts, 337 completions, 3,909 yards and 25 touchdowns rank second on Purdue's season lists (behind his 569 attempts, 361 completions, 3,983 yards and 39 touchdowns in 1998) ... fourth on school season completion percentage list at .608 ... averaged Big Ten-best 325.8 yards passing per game ... ranked first in Big Ten and third nationally in total offense with 340.5 yards per game ... opened campaign with four touchdowns at Central Florida on Sept. 4 ... set school record for longest play from scrimmage when he hooked up with Vinny Sutherland on 99-yard touchdown pass vs. Northwestern on Sept. 25 ... named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after completing 32 of 50 passes for 405 yards with three touchdowns vs. Northwestern ... had season-high 40 completions in 57 attempts for 509 yards with five touchdowns vs. Michigan State on Oct. 16 ... his 509 yards against Michigan State are third-best at Purdue for single game ... Purdue's third-leading rusher with 177 yards on 79 carries ... scored four touchdowns via the ground, including two against Wisconsin on Nov. 6 when he had season-best 85 yards on 18 carries ... caught two passes for 13 yards, including 12-yard touchdown pass from Sutherland at Ohio State on Oct. 9.
1998: Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year by the media ... second team all-conference by both coaches and media ... finished 16th in the balloting for the Heisman Trophy, tops among underclassman quarterbacks ... Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 13 games ... set Big Ten and Purdue season records for passing attempts (569), completions (361), yards (3,983) and touchdowns (39) ... completed 63.4 percent of pass attempts ... rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries ... had school-record six touchdown passes in game twice (vs. Minnesota on Oct. 3 and at Northwestern on Nov. 7) ... threw for school-record 522 yards vs. Minnesota while completing 31 of 36 passes (.861) ... set NCAA record with 83 attempts and tied standard with 55 completions at Wisconsin on Oct. 10 ... threw season-long 70-yard touchdown pass to Randall Lane at Northwestern ... threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including the game winner in the final 30 seconds vs. Kansas State in the Alamo Bowl.
1997: Saw action in seven games (six of final eight) as backup to Billy Dicken ... completed 19 of 43 passes for 232 yards with one interception ... top efforts were 11 of 21 for 97 yards at Toledo on Sept. 6 and 4 of 9 for 78 yards at Indiana on Nov. 22.
High School: Texas 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 ... led team to 16-0 record and state championship, beating Abilene Cooper 55-15 in the title contest ... completed 211 of 333 passes (63.4 percent) for 3,528 yards with 31 touchdowns as senior ... team led state with average of 465 total yards per game ... squad was 28-0-1 with Brees as two-year starter ... career totals were 314 of 490 (.641) for 5,461 yards with 50 touchdowns ... Austin Westlake's previous quarterback was former Indiana signal caller Jay Rodgers.
Personal: Given name is Drew Christopher Brees ... born Jan. 15, 1979 ... industrial management/manufacturing major ... earned 4.0 grade-point average during spring 2000 semester ... cumulative GPA was 3.42.
Passing Attempts 83 at Wisconsin, 10/10/98^
Passing Completions 55 at Wisconsin, 10/10/98^^
Passing Yards 522 vs. Minnesota, 10/3/98*
Passing Touchdowns 6 vs. Minnesota, 10/3/98;
at Northwestern, 11/7/98*
Long Pass 99 vs. Northwestern, 9/25/99##
Rushing Attempts 18 vs. Wisconsin, 11/6/99
Rushing Yards 88 vs. Minnesota, 9/23/00
Rushing Touchdowns 2 vs. Wisconsin, 11/6/99;
vs. Kent State, 9/9/00
Long Rush 27 vs. Minnesota, 9/23/00
* denotes Purdue record.
## denotes tied for Big Ten Conference record.
^ denotes NCAA Division I-A record.
^^ denotes tied for NCAA Division I-A record.