Drew Brees Sent A Personalized Game Ball And A Letter Of Recognition To Every Single Receiver And Lineman That Contributed To His Passing Yardage Record
Leave it to Drew Brees. Just, leave it to Drew Brees.
During a time when 99% of the .0000001% of people that make a lucrative living throwing a football would have been reflecting on their successes in doing so at a statistically unprecedented level, the NFL's passing yardage leader chose a personal peak of quarterbacking
from which to show himself as so much more than a great quarterback.
Leadership isn't measured in counting stats, but if it were then you can bet your ass that Drew Brees would have broke that record over his knee years ago. There's nothing definitive about subjectively labeling someone a "great teammate", but - objectively speaking - that seemed to be the consensus opinion of everyone that has shared so much as a single snap with #9. Even before he had personalized game balls and heartfelt letters of appreciation crafted for every player who was made better by one of the most accurate arms and one of most unflappable pocket presences in NFL history, nary a discouraging word was spoken of the New Orleans Saints' primary source of encouragement. If that doesn't speak to who he as a person then the fact that his decision to do so wasn't the least bit surprising certainly does.
Simply put, there is a reason that multiple Saints' players have been quoted as specifically wanting to make this season a special one in honor of their quarterback's illustrious career. That reason is best encapsulated by the gratitude he's always shown in greatness. Even during the down times in which that greatness wasn't anywhere near as reciprocated throughout the roster as it is today.