Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 12/29/11

For quite some time, Drew Brees was an underrated NFL quarterback.  A few years ago all we ever heard about was Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.  Brady and Manning were in a class of their own with everyone else looking up at them.  Then, Brees won a Super Bowl.  He went on to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and inserted himself into the elite quarterback discussion.  Last weekend, he set the all-time record for most passing yards in a season.  Despite all that, Robert Meachem still believes Brees deserves more recognition than he gets.

“I think so. I think he has a lot to offer, for any team,” Meachem said during an interview with ESPN Radio when asked if Brees is still underrated. “I think if he was on any team, he’d be doing the same things that he’s doing now. One thing … is what he does in the community as far as helping people rebuild homes and trying to give out toys during Christmastime. He’s just an all-around great guy.”

In all fairness, Meachem didn’t offer up that Brees is underrated — he was asked.  That being said, Brees is now officially included in the discussion with guys like Brady and Aaron Rodgers, as he should be.

With the way the NFL has become so pass-heavy over the last few years, there are a lot of guys blowing up the stat sheets and setting NFL records.  The fact that Brees has been near or at the top of all of those categories says enough.  At this point I’d be more willing to call him a Hall of Fame lock than an underrated player.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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