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Ex-Charger Brees found what he was looking for in New Orleans

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Happy in Sainthood

    Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    DAVIE, Fla. — Everything happens for a reason, Drew Brees said many times throughout the spring of 2006 as he rehabilitated his demolished right shoulder and shopped himself on the free-agent market.
    On the night he signed a six-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, officially ending his time as a Charger, Brees told The San Diego Union-Tribune, “Everything happens for a reason … This is all going to be a huge positive for me in my life, my football career, for my family and everything.”
    The reason is upon him.
    Brees and his New Orleans teammates arrived in South Florida yesterday for Super Bowl week. And because a lot of things happened and for a lot of reasons, Brees has a chance Sunday to do something his former Chargers teammates don’t.
    Clearly content in his new life in the Bayou, Brees no longer seems driven by a gigantic chip on his shoulder that had followed him from high school and into his first years in the NFL when so many doubted him. But in his gratitude for his current spot, there are words that will sting in San Diego.
    “You’re always driven by the opportunity to be the best,” Bree said yesterday. “To have an opportunity to play for a world championship, especially for a city like New Orleans, and for an organization like the Saints and a coach like Sean Payton and a GM like Mickey Loomis and the owner like Tom Benson — who really believed in me when no one else did; they had as much confidence in me as I did in myself — I want to win it for them just like I want to win it for my teammates and the city.”
    It was the Saints in 2006 who brought a damaged quarterback to their damaged city. New Orleans at the time was just a half-year removed from Hurricane Katrina. Brees was barely two months removed from major surgery to repair his throwing shoulder.
    Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith has been dogged ever since by the argument he should have gotten more for Brees than a third-round compensatory pick. And while Philip Rivers has over the past four seasons passed for 105 touchdowns, won 46 regular-season games and amassed a 96.3 passer rating for the Chargers, those criticisms will increase greatly should the Saints win the Super Bowl.
    Certainly, before Brees was injured, the Chargers had options. After he suffered tears in his labrum and rotator cuff in the 2005 season finale, he was damaged goods.
    Brees underwent surgery a week after being injured to repair those tears.
    Two months later, the Saints and Chargers were the only teams to offer Brees a contract of any sort.
    The Chargers’ six-year, $50 million deal with a $2 million guarantee fell far short of the $10 million guarantee and six-year, $60 million deal Brees eventually accepted in New Orleans.
    Brees not only fell in love with New Orleans — the city that so loved and so needed the Saints, who so desperately wanted him — he had no choice.
    “You want to be safe,” Tom Condon, Brees’ agent, said the night Brees signed with the Saints. “And $2 million from San Diego certainly didn’t make you feel safe.”
    Not even the uber-confident, full-of-faith Brees knew for sure how long his shoulder was going to hold up or how strong it would be.
    Smith, who had Rivers waiting, said many times in ’06 he had reason to be concerned about Brees’ ability to come back.
    That seemed to be confirmed when Dr. James Andrews came out in a 2008 interview and said, essentially, he had never seen anything like the damage in Brees’ shoulder.
    And, considering Brees’ 18,298 yards, 122 touchdowns and 97.3 passer rating since 2006, it also speaks to Brees’ resilience and work ethic, something that has made him like the second coming in New Orleans. Or maybe, seeing as one of his nicknames in the French Quarter is Breesus, he is the first coming.
    “He’s an unselfish player,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He’s certainly committed to his line of work. It’s hard to, in a 15-minute news conference, to talk about his work ethic and the way he prepares. For the person who lives and breathes and eats New Orleans Saints football, for them to have someone like that as the quarterback of their team, who is also very talented and very successful, they appreciate that and they respect that. There is a combination of character, toughness, hard work and athleticism, that would draw somebody to a player like Drew Brees.”
    On the night he agreed to terms with the Saints, Brees spoke of looking forward to being “a part of helping lift the spirits of many people in that city and rebuild that city.”
    Yesterday, he left no doubt his reason is being fulfilled.
    “I do believe everything happens for a reason,” Brees said. “Despite the fact that injury is what caused me to leave San Diego — and at the time I was picturing myself as being the San Diego Chargers quarterback for my entire career — for that to be taken away and you’re in limbo, not only what other team am I going to go to but am I going to be able to play at the level I know I can play at ever again because of this serious shoulder injury.
    “But God puts you in a position for a reason, and it goes way beyond football.”
  2. SDBoltzFan

    SDBoltzFan BoltTalker

    Jan 17, 2010
    I will take PR over Brees all day long. Manning and the Colts are going to beat down Brees and his Saints this weekend.
  3. foober

    foober BoltTalker

    Aug 17, 2006
    Soooo glad his shoulder healed. It was a big worry. Go breezer go. Win a super bowl for new orleans. :yes:
  4. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Don't fool yourself into thinking it's going to be a blow out.

    Whether or not the Colts win, the Saints will put up points. Their offense is every bit as good as Indy's.
  5. RM24

    RM24 BoltTalker

    Jul 27, 2007
    You see, at least we were 1 of the teams that offered him a contract. 30 other teams passed on him. I'm happy for Brees and what he's done for the Saints, I really am. That being said, I'm still stickin with PR at the controls for this team. We'll get our Lombardi soon enough. I still believe in Rivers! (is it obvious? lol)
  6. Scott the Rock

    Scott the Rock BoltTalker

    Oct 19, 2008
    Did he say "Breezer"? :lol::icon_rofl: I got some major flack for spelling his name phonetic. Whatever!
    Go get a championship Brees!!
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  7. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    New Orleans got so fuggin' lucky with Brees. I'm happy for him that he found a city to embrace him like NO did, but this is without a doubt best case scenario playing out. At least this writer explains that we did offer him a contract and why we let him walk. It's not the typical "Stupid Chargers got rid of Brees" jibberish.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    I'm not a NFC fan, I'm happy for the Saint's but I don't want to see them win one before the Bolt's do. Besides I'll always root AFC.

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