After Hurricane Katrina completely devastated the Gulf Coast, it seemed as if nothing good was happening in New Orleans.
However, the Big Easy is far different from any other place on Earth and though times weren't always so easy, the faith was never lost.
It is a place that never loses hope and never gives up. A place filled with culture and celebration. It is a place that was reborn with the help and leadership of a newcomer in town.
If you didn't know by now, Drew Brees is a modern day Jesus in the city of New Orleans.
Not only is he an astonishing athlete, but he is an extraordinary human being as well. He has done so much for this great city. Almost too much. The man never stops giving and reaching out to others, and though he's only been here for seven years, he's done a lifetime of service in our community. Him and his wife Brittany are true New Orleanians.
Drew and Brittany set up the Brees Dream Foundation back in 2003 when he was a San Diego Charger. Their mission statement: Improving the quality of life for cancer patients, and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.
Not only did he bring his athletic talents down to New Orleans, he also shouldered a foundation that has contributed more than $17,000,000 to those in need in the New Orleans, San Diego and West Lafayette/Purdue communities. Drew and Brittany are heroes and we are pleased to have them and thier children living here in our company.
Now, how about them Saints? Since, Drew Brees' arrival, he has been elected to six Pro Bowls (seven overall). He has also won two AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards, two NFC MVP awards, four FedEx Air Player of the Year awards, a Bart Starr Man of the Year award, an Associated Press and Sports Illustrated Sportsman/Athlete of the Year award and was the Co-Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2006 (an award that he shared with his former San Diego Charger teammate LaDainian Tomlinson).
Am I forgetting anything? Oh yeah, he also led the Saints to three division titles, a conference title and their first ever Super Bowl appearance in which they won by a score of 31-17 over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. He was also named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV.
Drew Brees holds several team and NFL records as well. e is the New Orleans Saints all-time leader in career wins, passing touchdowns, pass attempts, pass completions and passing yards. He owns the NFL single season passing yards record with 5,476, the single season completion percentage record at 71.2 percent, set the mark for consecutive games with a touchdown pass (54), reached 40,000 passing yards faster than anybody in NFL history and his most recent milestone was achieved on Sunday Night against the Carolina Panthers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
He is now the fastest player to ever reach 50,000 yards in NFL history and well on his way to a fourth divsion title this year. Maybe even another Super Bowl title.
When somebody has accomplished so much in such a small amount of time, he/she deserves a little praise. There is nothing but love down here for Drew and we wouldn't trade him for the world. I wrote this in tribute to one of the greatest to ever play the game of football. He is a family man, a sportsman and a community man, and whether it is on the field or in the community, Drew Brees will always be a Saint.