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Drew Brees Ranks 52nd Best Athlete in the World

Today, ESPN released the second annual World Fame 100, the global network's ranking of the biggest names in sports. Repping Who Dat Nation for two years in a row is Drew Brees, one of the 33 American athletes to make the list. 


The man known as Breesus will be forever loved in the Crescent City for leadings the Saints to their first Super Bowl victory after Hurricane Katrina. His record-making career with the Saints counts leading stats above all NFL quarterbacks with records for touchdowns, completions, and yards —  the first player in the 21st century (and second ever to Dan Marino’s one-time achievement in the 1984 season with the Dolphins) to pass for over 5,000 yards. Brees is the only player in NFL history to achieve that honor multiple times, doing so in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016. 


Brees is also an integral figure in New Orleans humanitarian work. The Brees Dream Foundation supports cancer patients and research as well as providing assistance for post-Katrina rebuilding initiatives, teaming up with Companies with a Mission, Matthew McConaughey’s just keep livin Foundation, and Operation Kids. Brees himself also actively participants in the Rebuilding Thru Brotherhood program to build homes in New Orleans with Habitat For Humanity.


He’s also a popular media figure, appearing in everything from Wrangler denim ads to American Idol to the survivalist reality television show Running Wild with Bear Grylls. Though his ranking dropped from 44th place in 2016 to 52nd this year, Brees’s popularity is far from waning. ESPN estimates the Saints quarterback pulls in a cool $12 million a year in endorsements alone. He also counts 2 million Facebook followers, 2.7 million Twitter followers, and 465,000 followers on Instagram. 


Brees joins LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams, Tom Brady, and Ronda Rousey, as well as 27 other American athletes on the list. 

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