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After a few up and down seasons with the Chargers, Drew Brees' future as an NFL quarterback was in question.
He had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in 2006, and parted ways with San Diego shortly after. Brees believed he could still be a starter in the league, and felt the Chargers wouldn't give him that chance after they had drafted Philip Rivers the previous year.
Most teams were afraid to sign him because of his injured shoulder that would take the whole offseason to fully recover. Destiny led him to the Saints and first year head coach, Sean Payton, welcomed him to New Orleans, a city that had just been upended by Hurricane Katrina.
In 2006, his first season with the Saints, Brees won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his charitable contributions to the city, but he gave the people a gift even greater three years later, the Saints' first world championship in 2009.
It was an emotional victory for Brees as he embraced the success earned from determination and hard work. In addition to all the hardships and uncertainties in his NFL career, his mother Mina committed suicide in August of 2009, months after his first son Baylen was born.
If you don't believe that Drew Brees and the city of New Orleans deserved to win the Super Bowl, read his book Coming Back Stronger. If it doesn't cause you to tear up, at least it will show you the story of Brees' incredible journey, and how he managed to overcome adversity to become a world champion.