In 2008, Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints' quarterback, led the NFL in passing yards by a wide margin. More incredible is that he became only the second player in the league’s storied history to pass for more than 5,000 yards.
Most football fans know he fell just 15 yards short of Dan Marino’s previous record of 5,084 yards.
It is because of Brees' incredible 5,069 yard season that Warner Bros decided to make a piece of art titled Catch Dat Brees, to honor Brees' outstanding performance.
Brees has long believed in using what he does on the football field to help others off the field. Brees himself acknowledged this when he spoke of his Christian faith in a Bleacher Report e-mail interview.
“It plays a significant role in my life in every aspect. I always try to do the right thing, provide opportunities for others and give thanks for the many gifts and opportunities that I have been provided in my life," he said.
This is perhaps what makes Warner Bros' decision to create the mural that features Brees with popular WB characters Bugs and Tweety, along with others, so special. It acknowledges his play on the field while giving him a chance to help others.
Brees, well known for his work ethic, said this in his interview with Bleacher Report, about managing his time, “My family is always my first priority. I think it’s important to have an effective routine and utilize good time management skills.”
His ability to live this out was put to the test on Monday, November 9, when he signed the first group of lithographs and hand-painted cels.
Monday is a day in the NFL where players come in to watch the film of the previous day’s game, condition, get treatment, and usually lift weights.
Brees spends as much time at the facilities on Mondays as any player, but still made time for his charity.
He does this because he sees his role as a role model to be very important.
“I always try to picture myself as a kid and remember how much the professional athletes I viewed as role models meant to me.”
Surely, there someday will be a kid who does the same because of what he learned from observing Brees. Maybe it will even have something to do with this piece of art that has been produced.
Clearly, the fact that Warner Bros decided to do this shows that Brees has done something pretty amazing.
Bleacher Report wondered how Brees managed to keep himself humble and stay hungry after an amazing season where he garnered such honors. His response, “My relationship with my wife is key. I also challenge myself each day to remember that you are either getting better or worse…there is no staying the same.”
For Saints fans, they know Brees is doing something right, since he has led his team to a 9-0 record and looks like a lock for another Pro Bowl bid, as well as being heavily involved in any MVP discussions.
In fact, life is good for the Saints these days.
Even head coach Sean Payton had a chance to get away to see the mural of Brees. Apparently he really liked it.
I’m thinking he’s liking a lot of things about Brees right about now.
If you want to find out more about Brees’ foundation, the art, and/or are interested in purchasing this item, more information is available at www.catchdatbrees.com.
And as always, remember, Geaux Saints!