Seventeenth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.
Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.
Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.
As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.
Football season is upon us and I swear that this name popped up from my ballot by pure luck. Football gods were probably watching.
Well, of course with a few exceptions, sports idols have always a deep personal connection with us. After all, seldom times you love somebody from a rival team.
And I must say that Drew Brees is here because although he got impressive numbers he was one of the main reasons the Saints won their only Super Bowl title.
Drew Christopher Brees was born in Austin (TX), January 15, 1979. He had his high-school career at Westlake High School and university career at Purdue, before starting to play professionally for the San Diego Chargers.
After suffering a severe injury to his right (throwing) shoulder and feeling that the front-office didn’t have any confidence in his recovery, Drew started to meet with other teams, signing a deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
Now, let’s not forget: Drew faced not only a franchise that was pitied by all the others in the league for never getting anywhere (New Orleans “Aints” and “lovable losers” were nicknames often used to describe the team) but he had to face a city devastated by Hurricane Katrina just one year before.
However, due to a change in the management of the team that also hired Sean Payton (who will definitely be part of the Hall some day in the future), Brees started to feel the he could march the Saints (no pun intended) to finally grab that elusive Super Bowl ring.
And in the 2009-2010 season the great moment came. After a record start of 13-0 and finishing the season 13-3, with Brees pulverizing record after record, the Saints under Brees leadership routed the Arizona Cardinals, beat Brett Favre’s lead Vikings in a dramatic victory in overtime at the Superdome to take the NFC title and were ready to take on the heavily favorite Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl.
With a stellar performance that earned him the Super Bowl MVP award and benefiting from Sean Payton’s boldness on the bench, the Saints defeated the Colts 31-17 and won the Super Bowl. Drew was also named Male Athlete of the Year by the AP.
It is also worth noticing that he won the Sportsman of the Year from Sports Illustrated, but not only because of his football season, but also due to his direct involvement in the rebuilding of the hurricane devastated New Orleans.
The Saints are yet to repeat their Super Bowl run but Drew are still putting up good numbers and no matter what happens he already made history.
So, Drew, I hope you are ready for some football and to get in the Hall Of Idols.
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