Friday, October 5, 2012

Is Drew Brees Better Than Johnny Unitas?

Is Drew Brees Better Than Johnny Unitas?, An amazing streak puts the Saints quarterback on a path to smash a 52-year-old mark. Direct Snap: How does Drew Brees stack up against legendary NFL passer Johnny Unitas?, Days after Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera became the first man in 45 years to win the Triple Crown in baseball (and anyone who has seen Cabrera hit knows he's officially the greatest hitter of this era), New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will take his shot at breaking Johnny Unitas' 52-year-old mark of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.

While some people have compared Unitas' mark with Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, they're really not that close. Since DiMaggio set the record in 1941, only one man (Pete Rose in 1978) has even gotten to 40 consecutive games. Meanwhile, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is currently only 11 games back of Unitas' and Brees' mark.

Nonetheless, what Brees is doing is fantastic and leads to a great discussion over which achievement is more impressive. First, here's a look at the stats of each quarterback during their streaks, as compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau.


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