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Drew Brees hits a frisbee with a football (Video)

The main reason Drew Brees is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL despite being barely 6-feet tall is that he is incredibly accurate. Brees throws the ball downfield as well as anyone in the game, and he apparently polishes that skill by pegging frisbees out of mid-air.

While we have no way of knowing how many balls Brees threw before hitting the disc, that is still pretty impressive. Not only does the throw have to be incredibly accurate, but it also has to be timed perfectly. Those are two things Brees has mastered. There’s a reason he is arguably the most consistent quarterback in the NFL.

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Drew Brees drug tested twice after saying he wants to play until he’s 45

Drew BreesThere have been enough entertaining stories about random drug testing in the NFL over the years for us to know it is not truly random. Drew Brees believes he became an example of that over the weekend.

When speaking to reporters from New Orleans Saints training camp on Friday, Brees said he feels as good as he ever has despite being 35. He also said he wants to play for another decade.

“If I tell myself I’m 25, then I’m 25,” Brees said. “That’s honest to God my mindset. I can play for another 10 years. That’s my goal.”

And then this happened:

Coincidence? We’ll never know. What we do know is that punters have been “randomly” drug tested after hitting incredibly long punts or sticking opponents with monster hits. I’m not buying this whole random thing.

Drew Brees wants to play until he’s 45 years old

Drew BreesDon’t expect some of today’s top quarterbacks to pass the torch onto the up-and-comers any time soon.

Drew Brees said Friday that he believes he can continue playing for another 10 years and that playing until he’s 45 is a realistic possibility.

“No doubt. There’s no question,” Brees said Friday via NFL.com. “I’m not getting ahead myself, like it’s a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I’m having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn’t I wanna do that? The biggest challenge is physically, the maintenance, the recovery, the way you train. You gotta hope that you stay healthy, but why not?”

Brees explained that being able to play until he’s 45 is about having the right mindset. He cited guys like Brett Favre, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady as evidence that quarterbacks can play at a high level. Brady has also recently said he plans to play past the age of 40.

If Brees does play another 10 seasons, you figure he’d be able to break some of Brett Favre’s records. The Saints quarterback is fifth all time in passing yards and fourth in passing touchdowns. The only problem is he might still be chasing Peyton Manning, who is close to Favre on the charts.

Drew Brees shares great Archie Manning story on Letterman

Drew BreesDrew Brees was a guest on “Late Night with David Letterman” Wednesday and shared a fantastic story about Archie Manning.

Brees was talking with Letterman about his sons and said that he would be thrilled if they ended up being as successful in football as the Mannings. That led to a conversation about his relationship with the Mannings.

Brees described how Olivia and Archie Manning reached out to him and tried to make him feel at home when he signed with the New Orleans Saints — Archie’s former team — back in 2006. They made him feel great, except for one instance.

Drew says Archie reached out to him constantly, texting him on a weekly basis to make sure he was alright and asking him if he needed anything. Archie would wish Brees good luck before games throughout the entire season until Week 16 rolled around.

“Christmas Eve we come here to New York to play Eli Manning and the New York football Giants,” Brees recalled. “I don’t get a text [from Archie] on Friday. Don’t get a text on Saturday. And I get a text Sunday morning that says, ‘you’re on your own this week, buddy.'”

Great story.

For what it’s worth, the Saints won the game 30-7. Brees only went 13-of-32 for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Eli was 9-of-25 for 74 yards, a touchdown and an interception. There were 20 mph winds, so the conditions probably made it difficult to pass.

Brees didn’t exactly say who he wants to win the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he does say he’s big fan of the game and will be watching. He also intimated that he’ll be pulling for Peyton to win a ring after all he’s gone through.

Drew Brees’ stretched out neck is one of the best NFL GIFs of the year

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was nearly decapitated by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Sunday. Whether the hit was legal or not has become a hot topic of debate, but I think we all can agree that Brees got throttled. The hit also happened to lead to one of the best GIFs of the year.

LandThieves.com has presented us with a GIF of Brees chatting with FOX Sports’ Pam Oliver after the game. As you can see, the ruthless hit that Brooks laid on him led to somewhat of a stretched out neck. Brees may want to see a chiropractor this week to get that taken care of.

[Related: Ahmad Brooks calls his roughing the passer penalty 'bulls---']

Between the GIF of Andy Reid as the Kool-Aid guy and now this masterpiece, we may already have our finalists for 2013 NFL GIF of the Year.

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Ahmad Brooks called for critical penalty for hitting Drew Brees in neck (GIF)

Ahmad Brooks was called for a critical personal foul penalty for hitting Drew Brees in the neck on 3rd and 2 play in the final four minutes of Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.

Brooks beat the Saints’ right tackle around the edge and just crushed Brees, causing a fumble that was recovered by Patrick Willis. But the refs flagged Brooks for a personal foul for hitting Brees in the neck. The penalty resulted in a first down for the Saints and allowed them to keep the drive going. They eventually kicked a field goal to tie the game.

Here’s a slow motion replay of the hit:

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Drew Brees: Johnny Manziel can ‘absolutely’ be a starting quarterback in NFL

Johnny ManzielNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows plenty about having the odds stacked against him. Despite standing at just 6-feet tall, Brees is one of the best passers in the NFL. Other Elite quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are nearly six inches taller than Brees, but the former Purdue star lights up the scoreboard just the same.

In that sense, Johnny Manziel and Brees have something in common. Manziel is 6-foot-1 and many scouts have questioned whether or not he can become an effective quarterback at the next level. During an interview with FOXSports.com on Wednesday, Brees was asked if he believes Manziel can be a starter in the NFL.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Brees said. “It’s hard for a young quarterback to come in this league and have success immediately. That’s more the exception than the rule. What those three rookie quarterbacks were able to accomplish last season — [Robert Griffin III], Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson — was pretty phenomenal. That’s not easy to do at all.”

Most people felt Brees was too small and would have too many passes batted down because of it. Nearly 50,000 career passing yards, 349 touchdowns and a Super Bowl MVP award later, and Brees has silenced each and every one of his critics. The 34-year-old believes Manziel can do the same because of his playmaking ability.

“He is a heck of a player,” Brees said. “He’s fun to watch. He makes all kinds of plays. He’s got all the playmaking ability to be a great player. [There are] guys like [Manziel] in this league. Russell Wilson and his ability to run the football and extend plays outside the pocket and throw the ball down the field. Intermediate [routes], I mean he can do it all.”

Manziel has a legitimate shot at winning another Heisman Trophy this season, as he has proven he can make elite throws in addition to scrambling. However, question marks surrounding his NFL potential have as much — or more — to do with his maturity level as they do his physical makeup. Brees alluded to that.

“You have to instill confidence in the guy’s you’re playing with so they’ll follow you and play for you so you can get the best out of them,” he said. “It’s all about leadership.”

It’s the extracurricular stuff that makes Manziel “undraftable” to some NFL teams. It’s also that stuff that could make him a steal in April if he can overcome his physical limits the way Brees did.