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MINNEAPOLIS —  Drew Brees, a former star quarterback at Austin Westlake High School, earned the NFL’s 2017 Castrol EDGE Clutch Performer of the Year Award via fan vote Saturday at the University of Minnesota.

During a Week 11 performance against Washington, he completed 29 of 41 passes threw  for 385 yards in the 34-31 overtime win and helped the Saints become the first team in the Super Bowl era to win its next eight games immediately following an 0-2 start.

He finished the season with 12th highest passing yardage total (4,388) and 14th highest touchdown total (23) in his 17-year career. According to Pro Football Reference, his quarterback rating (103.9) was the highest since the 2013 season.

Brees was one of five finalists nominated to receive this honor.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs also received nominations. The finalists were selected from a pool of the 17 of the most memorable Castrol EDGE Clutch Performers during the 2017 NFL season.

Each week the NFL selected five nominees for the performers of the week in which the fans voted for the winner on NFL.com/Castrol-EDGE.


Marcus Matthews-Marion is the managing editor of TexasHSFootball, covering prep football throughout the Lone Star State and collegiate and professional football throughout the country. Follow him on Twitter, @TheMJMatthews, and read more of his content here.

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