With Drew Brees breaking the all time passing yards record tonight I heard sports talk radio talking about a couple of what if scenarios involving Brees that would have utterly reshaped the landscape of both professional and college football.
What if the Chargers hadn’t given up on Brees to quickly so instead of drafting Eli Manning (whom they traded for Phillip Rivers) they draft Larry Fitzgerald instead. Now you have an offense with Brees, Ladanian Tomlinson, and Larry Fitzgerald. Arguably the greatest triplet combo in history.
What if the Dolphin’s medical staff had made the right call on Brees. Nick Saban, then coach of the Dolphins, wanted Brees and Brees wanted to be a Dolphin. But the Dolphins medical staff made the call that Daunte Culpepper’s knee was more likely to hold up than Bree’s shoulder. Culpepper played a grand total of 4 games for the Dolphins before blowing his knee again and we all know what Brees has been for the Saints. In addition to utterly changing these two teams destinies it might keep Saban in Miami meaning he doesn’t cut and run to Alabama and Alabama never becomes the college power they are now. And with a real QB in Miami in the AFC East do the Patriots do as well since most years the AFC least has given them minimal challenge?