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Hard to like Brees....and he has principles
Drew Brees is about as likeable and genuine a star player as there is in the league today. Although he was a star player in college at Purdue and put up prolific numbers in one of the first versions of the now customary spread offense, he has overcome multiple obstacles to now be considered one of the best quarterbacks in football.
He has been called short, folks have questioned his arm strength and when he hurt his shoulder in San Diego, he was considered damaged goods. In America, we like to think that the American dream is still possible and anyone can grab a hold of it if they just chase their dreams and do their part. That may or may not be true, but for sure, when we as Americans witness someone overcome obstacles to be successful, we applaud it and, in turn, like that person.
Since signing with New Orleans almost as an afterthought, he has become an elite quarterback that helped revive the city of New Orleans and its franchise and has become an ambassador for New Orleans. It’s almost as if he can put the revival of New Orleans on his resume for the people of America to look at.
If he can inspire a city in turmoil and chaos through his play on the field and show his commitment to the community and the people of New Orleans while helping a franchise that had been mired in mediocrity at best for so long, then surely, he is qualified to lead a country out of rough economic times and dissension, right?
More realistically, he would be a good candidate to help connect the commissioner’s office to the players association, which has become more and more acrimonious towards Roger Goodell, but unfortunately, he may be the leader of the pack in that movement. As likeable and agreeable as he seems, he has been relentless in his criticisms of the commissioner and his heavy handed, bully-style of leadership. He has been upset with how his team has been handled in the aftermath of “bounty gate” and the lockout that took place last season.
He has pulled no punches in expressing his feelings about it, and many of them are justified. He sticks up for his constituents and to those he has loyalty to, and those are great qualities for a president.
Drew Brees is as respected a player as there is in the league, and he backs it up by producing on the field at an elite level. This year, that comes in the form of 2,847 yards with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions. These totals are a near record-setting pace for a single season. His rating is pushing 97.6, so his stats have not been completely fluffy.
This has been the norm for Brees the last several years. This is the type of track record that no one could argue with if he were to run for president.