Did you know who was picked second overall in the list of QBs behind Micheal Vick? I do, and his name is Drew Brees. Brees came out of Purdue and was first pick of the second round in the 2001 NFL draft to the Los Angeles Chargers. Within his five years in LA he was able to make a name for himself.
In 2006 he went to the New Orleans Saints. He came in putting his hands in the pilot, taking charge and becoming the new face of the franchise. Over time, he began to average over 90 percent of his rating of QB’s within the league. In 2006, he won the Walter Payton Award which recognizes charity work and proven excellence on the field. Two years prior, he broke the Dan Maranio 5,000 passing yard record in one season, and ever since then his career began to blow up!
As time passed, heroes on the field we thought would never put up the cape eventually did one by one. Ocho Cinco, Deion Sanders, Randy Moss, Michael Vick, Brett Farve, Payton Manning and the list continued, slowly. Now if you all don’t know these stars you’re truly YOUNG! Time began to tick down on Brees after he won a Super Bowl back in 2009; by him being 33 years old he knew he had to do more. Eventually, he got invited to the Pro Bowl. Another spectacular game that certain athletes get to play in-44 players from the NFC, National Football conference, and AFC, American Football Conference, and put on a show for the people days aways from the Super Bowl. On top of that he became a 13x Pro Bowler. Surprisingly, he never won any more championships after ‘09.
On January 17th, 2021, the Saints fell short against the Buccaneers, 20-30. As Brees began to head to the tunnel in the New Orleans Superdome he had blown kisses to the people as if this was his final time in the stadium. The whispers and rumors couldn’t be true, could they? As the fans left the Dome, Tom Brady and Brees met on the field again just talking, but this time Brees brought his sons, and Brady threw the ball around with them, hugging and laughing one last time on the field.
The questions that are still floating around are what day will Brees retire? Will Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill be able to fill that gap for the Saints QB spot? And will Brees’s sons continue the legacy of becoming qbs or even wide receivers?! Guess we’ll just have to wait for the answers, but what do y’all think? Hit me up and let me know.
By Jaden Stewart, Senior, Perspectives Charter School
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