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Drew Brees explains his love affair with N.O.

By Steve Schneider - bio | email
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MIAMI, FL (WAFB) - The Who Dat players took to the national stage Tuesday for media day at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Before the cameras and microphones, Drew Brees, the adopted son of New Orleans, told the members of the media how not only has the city fallen in love with him, but he has fallen in love with it as well.

Brees found a connection with New Orleans at a dire time in his life. He was not sure he was even going to continue to play football. Miami and New Orleans were the only teams interested in him after the shoulder on his throwing arm was operated on. He is the true leader of the Saints football team on the field and for an area still recovering from tragedy, he is also a leader in the community.

"I get more people coming up to me on the street that tell me, 'Thank you for being a part of our city. Thank you for being a part of our community. Thank you for what you've done and we love you for that. And, by the way, good luck on Sunday, but we really love you for being part of this community,'" Brees said.

He and head coach Sean Payton have totally given the organization some credibility and now, a chance at its first NFL championship. The quarterback continues to reiterate that he did not just join the Saints to resurrect a football team which had experienced mediocrity and losing in its history.

He also wanted to be involved in the community with rebuilding schools and making the city a place tourists would want to visit. He has already contributed over $3 million toward that end.

The city loves him for it and he loves the city.

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