Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I Love Drew Brees

Drew Brees and John Weisbarth

Sure he's the Super Bowl MVP and everybody "loves" Drew Brees these days, but mine is not a new infatuation. My man-crush on Drew was solidified back in 2004 when he was a member of the San Diego Chargers.

First some background.

Drew Brees had a terrible season in 2003. It wasn't all his fault, but as always, the quarterback gets too much blame for a loss and too much credit for a win. The point is, the media hammered him that season and Drew handled it like a true professional. He always answered every question and never declined an interview request.

In 2004, Drew put together a Pro-Bowl season. All of a sudden, everyone that was calling for Drew's head on a platter was praising him. It was the perfect opportunity for him to say I told you so. To lash out at all the people that said so many mean things about him the season before...but he didn't. He just answered the questions he was asked and continued to go about his Pro-Bowl business.

That solidified it for me. Not only was he a stand-up guy in the face of adversity, he resisted the urge to take shots at the very people that took shots at him the season before.

Today, 6 and half years later, I got to sit down with him for a one on one interview and was so happy to see that he hadn't changed a bit. He was so friendly and so accommodating, it was just an absolute pleasure to talk to him. To me he is the definition of a "Pro's Pro".

So yeah, I love Drew Brees.

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