September 9, 2002
CINCINNATI -- Drew Brees already has a legacy.
In his first NFL start, Brees threw two touchdowns, led a 95-yard drive and got in a few licks on Cincinnati defenders.
The 23-year-old quarterback did it all with pronounced cool on a 90-degree afternoon.
"Seriously, my heartbeat was probably like 40," Brees said. "I have a resting heart rate of 38, which is pretty incredible. I swear it was right around there. I was just relaxed out there, having a good time."
The record-setting passer at Purdue appeared in only one game as a rookie, but looked experienced. He was 15-for-19 for 160 yards and made gritty plays that impressed teammates, running over a safety on a scramble.
And on Curtis Conway's reverse in the second quarter, he led the blocking wedge, pointed at cornerback Artrell Hawkins and threw a block at his legs.
Marty Schottenheimer's coaching debut with San Diego was a success but the Bengals' debut with Gus Frerotte as the starting quarterback couldn't have gone much worse.
Frerotte was flagged for delay of game before his first play and was intercepted by Alex Molden at the Bengals 11 on his second throw.