A Fan's Perspective on What Drew Brees Means to the New Orleans Saints

Jonathan PeraltaContributor IIISeptember 6, 2012

December 26, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16.  Brees broke the NFL single-season passing record formerly held by Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino on a 9-yard touchdown throw to Darren Sproles.Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

There are only so many ways and so many adjectives I can use to describe Drew Brees and what he means to the New Orleans Saints organization—a few of those adjectives that will more than likely end up in this article—but, honestly, those words won't do justice to what the quarterback means to the organization, to its fans.

Last season, Drew Brees made history. He threw for 5,476 yards (a single-season record) and 46 touchdowns with a QB rating of 110.6. Brees had ridiculous accuracy, completing 71.6 percent of his passes (another record) as he led the Saints to a record-breaking season for most yards (7,747) and first downs (416).

If it weren't for the Saints' shaky defense, the Saints could have went to the Super Bowl, but I digress.

Drew Brees joined the New Orleans Saints in 2006, helping the organization rise above the abyss. The Saints were the "New Orleans Aints," no more. No longer a joke, he made the Saints a team to be reckoned with.

Since signing with the Saints in '06, Brees has been the most prolific quarterback in the NFL: throwing for 28,394 yards and 201 touchdowns in his six years with the team.

In that time with New Orleans, Brees has led the Saints to four playoff appearances, a conference championship and the team's first Super Bowl victory in '09.

No. 9 is special. He became a fixture in the New Orleans community in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has been the face of the franchise throughout the team's bounty scandal. Brees, again, is giving the team and its fans a glimmer of hope, a reason to believe that, against all odds, they can overcome the obstacles they had to endure. And as long as No. 9 is at the helm, the Saints have a chance to reach the Super Bowl and win.

He has the accuracy, the drive and the mobility to make plays and lead this team to glory once again.

Brees has the organization behind him, his teammates behind him and the fans behind him. If anyone can lead the Saints to the Super Bowl, it's their franchise quarterback; there would be nothing sweeter than to win the trophy in their city, proving all their doubters wrong. Again. 

Drew Brees is not just the Saints' franchise quarterback. He is the franchise.



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