Drew Brees occupies a special place in New Orleans sports history.
He’s more than just a Super Bowl hero and a fantasy football star. When Drew Brees came to New Orleans in free agency in 2006, he came to a city which was still reeling from Hurricane Katrina. The Saints were on the verge of moving to San Antonio, after the franchise spent the entire 2005 playing in the Alamo Dome.
When Drew Brees landed in New Orleans, he did not arrive to a lot of fanfare. In his time with the San Diego Chargers, he had been a disappointment (2001-2003), had a solid year (2004), and missed significant time with a shoulder injury (2005).
The Chargers let him leave in free agency, because Philip Rivers was going to take over as the franchise QB. As Brees visited teams in free agency, he had few options. The Dolphins offered him a contract, but most teams were afraid of his repaired shoulder. The Saints were the only other viable option.
Sean Payton was in his first year with the Saints. He was installing a new offense and wanted Drew Brees to take the reins. It was a match made in Heaven. Ten years later, the two (along with all-time Saints fan favorite Marques Colston) made history. They took one of the NFL’s worst historical franchises and made them a glamour team. And they won a Super Bowl.
Drew Brees is a New Orleans legend. Here is his full story.
Drew Brees Profile, Facts, Fantasy, Stats
College: Purdue Boilermakers
Years Pro: 15
Team: New Orleans Saints
Round Drafted: 2nd – Pick: 32 (Chargers)
Jersey Number: 9
Twitter Page: @drewbrees
Drew Brees Quotes
I hope our hopes and aspirations are bigger than setting records.
Sometimes all you need is just for somebody to believe in you in order to be able to accomplish maybe what you never thought you could.
When you wake up, think about winning the day. Don’t worry about a week or a month from now — just think about one day at a time. If you are worried about the mountain in the distance, you might trip over the molehill right in front of you. Win the day!
It’s my job to get us in good plays, or more importantly, out of bad plays. That’s what I did.
I think the fact is that anybody who goes into politics feels like ‘I can make a difference’. But it’s not one person, you need so many others.
I obviously take a lot of pride in what I do on the football field, because that has the ability to influence a lot of people. That puts smiles on people’s faces. That gives people a pep in their step on Monday morning when they go back to work.
That says it all. When you say, ‘Victory,’ that says it all.
On the New Orleans Saints
I needed New Orleans so badly back in 2006, just somebody to believe in me, somebody to care about me.
We’re trying to be that franchise that year-in and year-out is competing for a championship.
It has been an interesting road, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world, because I feel like all of those instances in my life I felt molded me and strengthened me and made me who I am.
On the Dallas Cowboys
I grew up in Texas, obviously a huge football state.
I loved the Cowboys in the early 90s. That was their heyday, winning all those Super bowls. Troy Aikman was a person I looked up to.
On the Madden Curse
The Madden Curse has really taken on a life of its own. People just love talking about it, and it is what it is, but I look at it as a challenge.
On Having Children
I can change a diaper in 30 seconds flat. I set the new one beneath the old one. That way, it’s just wipe and pull the flap over.
On Retired Tennis Star Andy Roddick
I know Andy Roddick’s probably tired about me talking about how many times I beat him when we were kids.
On His Critics
There’s always a little bit of personal satisfaction when you prove somebody wrong.
On Inner Confidence
I’m a very modest person. But I’m also extremely confident. And if you put me in the situation or in the moment, I’m gonna have some swagger, I’m gonna have some cockiness.
Each day, you get an ounce more confidence. When we’re playing like we are, there’s no reason not to.
There’s not anything, I don’t think, that I can do or accomplish.