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2001 Drew Brees Game-Worn Helmet Chargers Rookie Season First Passing TouchdownGo Back
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The San Diego Chargers drafted Drew Brees 32nd overall in the 2001 NFL Draft. During his rookie season with the team, the future Hall of Famer and NFL all time leader in passing yards wore this very helmet. In his first NFL season, Brees studied under the veteran Doug Flutie and appeared in one early November against the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, Brees showcased some of what his future skill would be passing for 221 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Brees earned the starting nod for the Chargers in his second season, passing for 3,284 yards and 17 touchdowns as the Chargers went from 5-11 his rookie season to 8-8 in his sophomore campaign.
Brees played for the Chargers until 2006, then the New Orleans Saints picked him up to be their guy. With the Saints, he became one of the NFL’s most prolific passers, with a NFL best 4,418 yards in his first season with the team. Currently, Brees holds the NFL records for career pass touchdowns, career pass completions, career completion percentage, career passing yards, and is 2nd in career pass attempts (he joined Brett Favre on Thanksgiving 2019 as the only QBs to have over 10,000 of those).
This offered helmet was worn by Drew Brees during his rookie season. The best part is that it has been photo matched to two regular season games of 2001 – the October 28th game and the November 4th contest. Most importantly, the November 4th game at Kansas City is when Brees made his first appearance in the NFL and threw his first career touchdown.
Photomatching was done by Resolution Photomatching, Real Game Used Authentication (RGU) and Photo-Match.com. Both Resolution and RGU matched it to the October 28th vs. Bills and November 4th, 2001 games. In the photo evidence, RGU also had it worn in a pre-season game Aug. 25th vs. St. Louis Rams. Photo-Match.com did not list any specific game attributions on their certification but matched it to their database on file.
In particular, the photo matching points to several attributes that make it specific to the above mentioned games. The chinstrap is a factor showing the same pattern of rubbed off wear on the Riddell logo as well as the same “9” decal shown in both regular season games (after the pre-season). The Riddell bumper also reflects a frayed portion on the right/left side. Lastly, the end pointed portion of the bolt decal on the left side has a certain bubbling or ripple in it matched by Resolution.
The Brees’ helmet shows terrific wear throughout with impact hit marks, sweat discoloration in the interior etc. The shell is navy, with the Chargers white, navy, and yellow lightning bolt decal logo applied to each side. The facemask is also navy with a Riddell forehead bumper. The chinstrap is still attached to the helmet, and Brees’ number “9” is applied to the upper strap. The back bumper on this helmet reads “Chargers”, while a NFL logo decal, number “9” decal, and an American flag decal are applied to the back of the helmet. The interior padding of this helmet remains intact as well as the special black circular Velcro patch where the quarterback radio would fasten. Overall, a tremendous helmet from a future Football Hall of Famer at the start of his career from his first touchdown no less. Wow!
Authentication: RGU Photo Match, Resolution Photomatching and Photo-Match.com