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While the NFL had a lockout during the 2011 NFL offseason, Henne organized team meetings and practices throughout the offseason and, according to reports, grew as a leader.
In addition, he has started to do audibles during practice and is staying calm and confident in the midst of the discontent of fans.
Likewise, while Philip Rivers held out through most of preseason, Drew Brees grew as a leader for the Chargers after his third season. In fact, this excerpt from ESPNMag truly describes the growth of Brees as a leader during that offseason:
'So Rivers picked a bad time to stage a rookie holdout. Brees was coming off an ugly 67.5 passer rating in 2003, but he waltzed in on the first day of the 2004 training camp and called a players-only meeting. He handed everyone a typed piece of paper stating his team and personal goals and asked each player to write in his. He told them, 'Line up behind me, because I'm gonna lead you.'''
That's how the Chargers became his team. They went 12-4 and won the AFC West, and his 27:7 TD-to-interception ratio got him voted into the Pro Bowl. He'd connected with every player, especially the other quarterbacks. He nicknamed Doug Flutie Salty Dog because Flutie was always grousing about something. He even brought in a football he'd bought at the famous Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head, S.C., so that Flutie or anyone else could sign and date it if he was in a 'salty' mood. 'Philip signed it eight times, I signed it seven times, Doug all the time,' Brees says." -- ESPNMag
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