If I could describe New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees in one word it would be phenomenal.
Drew Brees is several things in the National Football League. He’s phenomenal, remarkably intelligent, decisive, *cough* underrated *cough*, intuitive. The list goes on. As amazing as Drew Brees is, not everyone knows the reasons that Drew Brees is so great and why he’s the greatest New Orleans Saints player to this day. Today, I’m here to change that. It’s time to shed some light on the remarkable quarterback.
In this week’s article, I’ll be revealing eight reasons (unranked, of course) why QB Drew Brees is truly amazing, and why he’s the greatest New Orleans Saints athlete to this day.
1. Drew Brees’ Story
Where would this list be without Drew Brees’ story about how the quarterback came to the New Orleans Saints.
By rights, if it weren’t for a truly meaningless fumble in a meaningless game, Drew Brees could still be with the San Diego Chargers right now.
Until that point, Drew Brees was, in fact, a Pro Bowl QB for the Chargers. Although all of this was true, the Chargers organization had their doubts with Drew Brees.
For fear that Drew Brees would never truly become the quarterback the Chargers were looking for (a foolish assessment on their part), the San Diego Chargers brought in competition in QB Phillip Rivers. To make matters worse, Drew’s contract was up at the end of that season. Now, folks, here’s when things got interesting.
Week 17, 2005, is the game that would forever change Drew Brees’ professional NFL career. Denver Broncos Strong Safety John Lynch forced Drew Brees to fumble the football in the second quarter of the game. Drew ended up foolishly jumping on the fumble, and unfortunately ended up getting seriously hurt in the midst of the pile of players. Drew Brees not only tore his labrum that day but his rotator cuff, putting his career in jeopardy.
Who would have known that this injury would, in turn, change the history for the New Orleans Saints, and the San Diego Chargers?
Now the Chargers weren’t going to just up and cut Pro Bowl QB Drew Brees in place for Phillip Rivers. The organization would be foolish and plain right stupid to do that. But the team had their scapegoat: Drew’s injury.
Every season there are usually new firings and hirings in the National Football League, among those the New Orleans Saints hiring former Dallas Cowboys assistant Sean Payton to fill the vacancy of the head coaching position. Now the hiring of Payton to New Orleans was fantastic, but there was one issue. The New Orleans Saints didn’t have a quarterback.
The New Orleans Saints ended up gambling that offseason, and put their trust in recuperating Free Agent QB Drew Brees. For those who don’t know the future outcome, let’s just say the rest would be ever so glorious history. Quarterback Drew Brees, along with Head Coach Sean Payton would forever change the New Orleans Saints franchise.
Drew Brees’ resiliency and ability to overcome adversity when he was struggling is something that’ll be forever recognized and remembered. Drew Brees’ story is keen to not only the New Orleans Saints history books but NFL history as a whole.