Drew Brees Always Leads With Unwavering Faith
By Dean Mullen
Drew Brees will no doubt one day go into the NFL Hall of Fame. His play on the field over the years has built a resume, that is full of accomplishments that cannot be disputed. What separates Brees though from hundreds, maybe thousands of other quarterbacks won’t be caught on film. There has always been something inside of him that simply cannot be measured.
Drew Brees was not exactly built physically to play quarterback in the NFL. Brees went to Westlake High School starting in 1993. He faced a severe knee injury in his junior season as his team was rolling into the Texas state playoffs. This point defined by Brees was one of the most significant important thing that happened to Drew brees early on.
Drew Brees sat in church one day as a teenager and heard his calling:
"“As I sat in church that day I realized that there was a bigger calling for me-much bigger than myself. I was listening to the pastor talk about how God was looking for, “A Few Good Men” to lead his kingdom and spread the word. That spoke to me. I felt Jesus come into my heart that day as I understood that God had a much larger plan for me than just to be a football player.”"
The simple act of faith is one thing. Drew Brees was surely moved by the sermon that day that would definitely come in handy later on. Brees felt that the injury that he sustained was simply necessary for him to become one of those “Few Good Men.” Next year his team would go 16-0 lead by him to win the state championship. This would be just a start of what Brees felt that day.
Brees would go on to Purdue and bring them to a Rose Bowl and a victory over Ohio St with a miraculous finish. He would then go to San Diego where he also succumbed to a very serious injury that could have easily end most quarterbacks career. Furthermore, he decided that it was his calling to go to New Orleans where a hurricane named Katrina decimated a city. The journey would lead a city and a fan base to a Super Bowl which seemed to be only a dream for Who Dat Nation to be.
Still all this success was simply just a small part of who Drew Brees is as a competitor and a man of faith. Drew Brees wants to be a champion surely. There’s no question that his drive to win another championship for the New Orleans Saints is just as fresh as the day he walked on the field in his high school days.
However, Brees is driven by more than just trophies and accolades. Drew Brees is driven by faith. Brees is a rare breed this day and age, who knows that he’s been given gifts to use very carefully. Another words, winning in life is nothing unless you share those special gifts with others, teammates, family, and fans. His toughness also cannot be underestimated. Injury after injury he has silenced the doubters and come up again and again.
His character is defined by an unexplainable untouchable stature of unwavering faith. Don’t even try and break him. He himself knows that we are all broken. It’s the brokenness that makes every one of us strong though. I’m not sure we would have the Drew Brees that we know today, without the obstacles that he’s faced throughout his career. I would not bet against him in 2016.