The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its All-Decade Team on Monday. In both a surprising, yet totally expected move, the body snubbed New Orleans Saints starting quarterback Drew Brees from the list. Instead, former-New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made the cut.
Brady making the All-Decade Team is a no-brainer, especially if the number of accolades was taken into account. However, the decision to include Rodgers over Brees is truly head-scratching. Rodgers won a Super Bowl in 2010, and two Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards in 2011, and 2014. It is undeniable that Rodgers was an incredibly prolific quarterback in the first half of the decade.
During the last decade, Brees threw for 46,770 yards, and 345 touchdowns. Rodgers on the other hand was able to rack up 38,145 yards and 305 touchdowns. Furthermore, Rodgers has never had a season where he has thrown for over 5,000 yards. Brees? He did it four times in the last decade. New Orleans did have to endure three 7-9 seasons in the 2010s, but without Brees, those teams could have easily fared much worse. His presence and leadership always kept the Saints in conversation.
Brees is used to being snubbed in lieu of Rodgers, as exemplified by the 2011 MVP award where Brees led the league in yards, touchdowns and completion percentage, yet Rodgers was handed the hardware. While Brees still has not been awarded a MVP award, the quarterback broke some of the most meaningful NFL passing records in history to include career yards, completions and touchdowns. All of Brees’s most meaningful records were broken in the last decade.
Finally, durability has to count for something. Brees has missed only six games due to injury in the 2010s. Rodgers meanwhile has missed 16 games due to injury.
All of this goes to show, that while Rodgers is a phenomenal quarterback, Brees was far more impressive on the field during the last ten years. Brees is used to being overlooked, but the numbers and facts speak for themselves.
A silver lining to this entire ordeal is that three current or former Saints made the All-Decade Team. Defensive end Cameron Jordan, right guard Jahri Evans, and running back/return specialist Darren Sproles all made the list.