It feels like only yesterday, doesn't it, since Kurt Warner retired? Well in reality, it was nearly a month ago, and the career of a future Hall Of Famer is now over, one and done and sent into the record books as one of the greatest of all time.
This article isn't about Kurt Warner though. It's about Drew Brees. The smiling and profiling quarterback that makes the colors black and gold bare meaning, and gifts teams that once were "nobodies", Super Bowl trophies that send a town into a frenzy.
Now that Brees has his ring, and the Saints are finally off the long and storied list of competitors yet to win a Super Bowl, I was left wondering on Sunday night as Brees lifted the Lombardi Trophy high above his head: is this the final step for Drew Brees?
When you look at it on paper, I guess you could say it is. He's won the Super Bowl, became the Super Bowl MVP, been to the Pro Bowl countless times, had phenomenal seasons, and above all else has been consistent enough to guide a city to a well deserved Super Bowl win.
What else is left?
Well let me tell you, Hall of Fame. When we originally debated Kurt Warner's retirement, the first issue that arose was the concern in whether or not he would receive a Hall of Fame ballot in ten or so years time. Most people agreed and stated that Warner was worthy, while I tend to agree, I can't help but wonder whether or not Brees will receive the same treatment.
During his time in New Orleans, Brees has had his ups and downs. Sure the past few years have been a god-send, but realistically there has been a fine line drawn between love and hate in the eyes of Saints fans. Although New Orleans faithfuls will tell you that he has, and always will be their "golden boy", there was a point in time when Brees was beginning to undergo a tad bit of criticism.
With the criticism now behind him, though, the media has taken the approach that they never attempted to criticize Brees. And they, like New Orleans fans, were always 100 percent on the bandwagon.
Now though, this argument is irrelevant. Brees has defined his career with a Super Bowl win over one of the most influential quarterbacks in the league, and has done so in prolific fashion. His achievements don't say enough about how much of a truly great player he is, but I think it's safe to say a Hall of Fame vote would.
Going on nearly 10 years in the NFL now, Brees still has a lot left in the tank. Maybe even another 10 if he's lucky. The Hall of Fame is a long way away, but it is the remaining stand-point that would give Brees that added boost and spice to top off his career and put him in the sentence with the Favre's, Elway's, Montana's and Marino's.
The only problem is, he may have some competition. Still though, the Hall of Fame is a ballot that I would like to see Drew Brees complete. It would not only give the New Orleans Saints their ninth Pro Football Hall of Famer, but it would do wonders for the career and legacy of Drew Brees.
I'm not asking for you to give him sympathy, or even your love. In 10 years time, though, when the time swings around to vote for Hall of Famers, please make an argument for Drew. He deserves it more than anyone.