Drew Brees is considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He’s also made headlines for something else: his awe-inspiring car collection. In fact, Brees recently made HotCars’ roundup of the 10 NFL quarterbacks with the sickest cars. Earning Brees the spot? His Bugatti Veyron. Here’s a closer look at this legendary quarterback and his equally legendary car.
Andrew “Drew” Brees was born on January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas into a football family. His maternal grandfather was hailed as one of Texas high school football’s all-time greatest coaches coach while his uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-Southwest Conference quarterback.
While Brees lettered in three sports at Austin’s Westlake High School, his true calling was on the gridiron. In his senior year, he led the team to a perfect record and a state championship. After graduating from high school, Brees continued his football career at Purdue University, where he was a two-time Heisman finalist. During Brees’ tenure as a Boilermaker, the team enjoyed a Big Ten Championship and also made it to the Rose Bowl — due in no small part to his leadership on the field.
Brees’ small stature kept him out of the first round of the 2001 draft, but the San Diego Chargers made him the first pick of the second round. They chose well: He became the team’s full-time starter the following year, and in 2004 the team made it all the way to the playoffs. That same year, he received his first Pro Bowl selection.
In 2006, Brees signed a staggering six-year $60 million with the New Orleans Saints. He’s been credited with transforming them into a winning team. Some career highs for Brees? In 2009, the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV with Brees bringing home MVP honors. Two years later, he set an NFL record for 5,476 passing yards while also leading the league with 46 touchdowns. Over the next decade, Brees further established himself as one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, including surpassing the NFL career records for completions and passing yards in 2018 at the age of 39. That same year, he also earned his 12th Pro Bowl selection.
Brees’ football talent combined with his business ventures — he owns several Jimmy John’s and Dunkin’ franchises, and has invested in the food delivery service Waitr — has helped the star athlete amass a fortune in the neighborhood of $141.6. Most recently, his fame and fortune earned him the 79th and 27th spot, respectively, on Forbes’ “Celebrity 100″ and “World Highest-Paid Athletes” lists in 2019.
In addition to being known for his prolific contributions to New Orleans for football, Brees is also celebrated for his contributions to the community. He and his wife, Brittany Dudchenko, founded The Brees Dream Foundation which has raised more than $30 million for advancing cancer research and helping children in need.
Father-of-four Brees has also managed to spend some of his fortune on himself, including building a collection of five luxury cars with a total worth in excess of $4 million. The jewel in the collection’s crown? A quad-turbo Bugatti Veyron for which an oil change alone can run higher than the cost of a brand new Honda Civic.
It’s not for nothing that the Bugatti Veyron received the title of “Car of the Decade” by the BBC television show Top Gear, and also won its “Best Car Driven All Year” distinction in 2005. Named for racing driving legend Pierre Veyron, the Bugatti Veyron is admired by car fans all over the world, and was heralded by Car and Driver as “perhaps the greatest supercar ever.” It’s hardly a surprise that so many celebrities, including Tom Cruise, Jay-Z, Simon Cowell, and The Game, have clamored to have one in their possession. And did we happen to mention that Tom Brady also has a Bugatti Veyron? In other words, if Wheaties is the breakfast of champions, it might be fair to say that the Veyron is the car of them.
Indeed, the Bugatti Veyron is more than just a fan favorite; it’s also a critical darling with Autocar editor-at-large Matt Prior asserting, “The Veyron Super Sport redefines what’s physically possible in a car with number plates,” and Automobile magazine raving, “The only other street car that can compare is the McLaren F1, and the Bugatti is even more impressive when you start approaching the scary by scintillating 200-mph-plus speed gauge.”
And speaking of the McLaren F1, even its designer Gordon Murray was won over by the Veyron after driving it. Not only was he impressed with its engine and transmission, but also with its sleek look. “The styling is a wonderful melange of classic curves and mechanical edges and elements — this should ensure that the car will still look good years from now, and therefore have a chance of becoming a future classic,” Murray told Road and Track magazine.
Declared Wired, meanwhile, of the car’s abundance of charms, “The first Veyron is an engineering marvel. That’s the one with the massively reinforced roof that helped keep the rest of the body from deforming into an amoebic tangle of graphite composite and exotic metal under the joint stresses of lateral acceleration, horsepower and wind. It stands as one of the greatest achievements of the petroleum age. It required the intellectual might of one of the largest and arguably smartest car companies in the world to birth a car that was not only faster than anything on the road, but easy enough to pilot that anyone could drive it.”
Given its claim to fame as the fastest production car on record as well as its other allures, many would argue that the Bugatti’s high price is more than worthwhile — especially when you factor in its rarity: Only 500 Bugatti Veyrons were produced before it was discontinued and eventually replaced with the Bugatti Chiron. So even if you had the funds to pay for a Veyron, you’d likely still have a long wait before you could lay claim to being among the elite few to actually own one.
Just as Drew Brees is likely to go down in history as one of the world’s greatest quarterbacks, so has the Bugatti Veyron established itself in the pantheon of truly great automobiles. As such, we can conceive of no more suitable match of car and driver than Drew Brees and his Bugatti Veyron.