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Drew Brees: The Saint of New Orleans

The Super Bowl winning quarterback talks about his new book, Coming Back Stronger. Read Transcript


Reporter: IT WAS THE

DAY THAT NEW ORLEANS' SAINTS

FANS WAITED ON FOR 40 YEARS,

THE DAY THEIR BELOVED SAINTS

WOULD FINALLY WIN THE SUPER

BOWL.

IT CAME ON THE LEADERSHIP

AND ARM OF QUARTERBACK DREW

BREES, WHO DID WHAT MANY

THOUGHT WAS CLOSE TO

UNBELIEVABLE.

AN UNBELIEVABLE FEELING,

IT IS SURREAL, TO THINK THAT

IT ACTUALLY DID HAPPEN.

Reporter: BUT A GREAT

STORY ISN'T JUST ABOUT THE

ENDING.

IT IS ALSO ABOUT THE

JOURNEY.

DREW AND HIS YOUNGER

BROTHER, REED, GREW UP IN

AUSTIN, TEXAS.

AND FOOTBALL WASN'T HIS

FAVORITE SPORT.

BASEBALL WAS MY FAVORITE

SPORT.

WE PLAYED ALL SPORTS.

MY BROTHER AND I WERE SPORTS

JUNKIES.

EVERY FREE SECOND WE HAD WAS

OUT IN THE YARD PITCHING TO

EACH OTHER OR TACKLING EACH

OTHER, PLAYING TENNIS -- IT

WAS ALWAYS ATHLETIC.

Reporter: BUT BY HIGH

SCHOOL, DREW EXCELLED IN

FOOTBALL AS A QUARTERBACK.

HE LOOKED FORWARD TO PLAYING

AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL, BUT IN

HIS JUNIOR YEAR, HE SUFFERED

A TORN A.C.L., AND AT THE

TIME, HIS FUTURE IN FOOTBALL

LOOKED DIM.

I HAD SEEN A LOT OF MY

FRIENDS TEAR A.C.L.s, AND

SOME OF THEM DIDN'T COME

BACK AS FAST AS BEFORE.

THE FACT AS A TORN A.C.L.

WAS DEVASTATING TO ME

BECAUSE I THOUGHT I MIGHT

NOT COME BACK AS STRONG.

Reporter: ONE SUNDAY AT

CHURCH, SOMETHING THE PASTOR

SAID CHANGED EVERYTHING.

I WAS 17 YEARS OLD,

SITTING IN CHURCH WITH A

TORN A.C.L., CRUTCHES, JUST

KIND OF WONDERING WHAT -- IF

FOOTBALL WERE NOT HERE FOR

ME, OR IF SPORTS WEREN'T

HERE FOR ME, WHAT'S MY

CALLING IN LIFE?

WHAT IS MY PURPOSE?

WHAT AM I HERE TO DO?

WHAT IS GOD'S PURPOSE FOR

ME.

FOR SOME REASON IT ALL HIT

ME.

HIS CALL TO THE CONGREGATION

WAS THAT GOD WAS LOOKING FOR

A FEW GOOD MEN TO CARRY THE

TORCH AND THAT REPRESENT THE

CHRISTIAN FAITH AND TO

LEAD.

I JUST REMEMBER THINKING TO

MYSELF, MAN, I'D LIKE TO BE

ONE OF THOSE FEW GOOD MEN.

Reporter: DREW BECAME A

CHRISTIAN THAT DAY.

WITH A NEW PURPOSE, HE WAS

DETERMINED THAT NOTHING

WOULD STAND IN HIS WAY.

GOD DOES HAVE A PURPOSE

FOR ME THAT IS MUCH GREATER

THAN FOOTBALL.

Reporter: DREW WENT ON

TO FINISH HIS HIGH SCHOOL

FOOTBALL CAREER WITH A 28

AND 0 RECORD.

HE LED THE BOILER-MAKERS TO

THE 2000 ROSE BOWL.

HE WAS DRAFTED BY THE SAN

DIEGO CHARGERS.

HE SPENT FIVE SEASONS THERE

UNTIL HE DISLOCATED HIS

THROWING SHOULDER WHILE

TRYING TO RECOVER A FUMBLE.

ONCE AGAIN, DREW'S FUTURE IN

FOOTBALL WITH QUESTIONABLE.

I WAS GIVEN A 25% CHANCE

OF COMING BACK AND PLAYING.

THAT COULD VERY EASILY PUT A

LOT OF DOUBT IN YOUR HEART.

BUT EVER SINCE, YOU KNOW,

THAT MOMENT IN HIGH SCHOOL,

WHEN I TRULY ACCEPTED THE

RESPONSIBILITY OF BEING A

CHRISTIAN AND ACCEPTED JESUS

INTO MY HEART, AND KNOWING

THAT I'M LIVING FOR A LOT

MORE THAN MYSELF.

I'M LIVING FOR HIM AND THE

CALL THAT WE ALL HAVE AS

CHRISTIANS.

I KNEW THAT MY FAITH WAS

STRONG AND THAT AS LONG AS I

RELIED ON THAT AND KNEW THAT

THERE WAS A PLAN, AND I JUST

HAD TO BELIEVE IT.

I JUST HAD TO TRUST IT.

Reporter: IN JUST TWO

MONTHS, DREW HAD FULLY

RECOVERED.

BUT BY THEN, THE CHARGERS'

DECIDED TO GO WITH PHILIP

RIVERS AS A STARTER.

DREW DECIDED TO MOVE ON.

THE MIAMI DOLPHINS, A TEAM

ON THE RISE, AND THE NEW

ORLEANS SAINTS, A LOSING

TEAM IN A CITY STILL PICKING

UP THE PIECES FROM HURRICANE

KATRINA.

HERE IS MIAMI, NICK SAVEN

WENT NINE AND SEVEN, AND

THEY WON THEIR LAST SEVEN IN

A ROW.

THEY WERE A TEAM ON THE UP

AND UP.

AND THEN HERE IS NEW

ORLEANS, WHICH IS A

FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACH.

NOBODY KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT

OUT OF SEAN PEYTON.

A CITY THAT HAD JUST BEEN

COMPLETELY DEVASTATEED BY

HURRICANE KATRINA.

THE TEAM HAD BEEN

DISPLACED.

3 AND 13 RECORD.

COMING BACK, HALLOWING BACK,

AND THESE ARE MY CHOICES.

SO FROM AN OUTSIDER'S

PERSPECTIVE, YOU WOULD THINK

THAT THE OBVIOUS CHOICE

WOULD BE THE MIAMI DOLPHINS,

AND YET WHEN YOU GET PASSED

THE SURFACE AND DIG A LITTLE

DEEPER, YOU SEE THE HEART

AND SOUL OF A CITY THAT JUST

NEEDED SOMEBODY TO BELIEVE

IN THEM.

AND HERE I WAS JUST NEEDING

SOMEBODY TO BELIEVE IN ME.

Reporter: DURING THEIR

VISIT TO NEW ORLEANS, DREW

AND HIS WIFE, BRITTANY, SAW

THE DEVASTATION OF HURRICANE

KATRINA WITH THEIR OWN

EYES.

I BELIEVE THAT'S WHEN

BRITTANY AND I BOTH LOOKED

AT EACH OTHER AND THOUGHT,

THIS IS MUCH MORE THAN JUST

COMING TO BE A PART OF A

TEAM.

THIS IS COMING TO BE A PART

OF SOMETHING MUCH GREATER.

AND THAT IS THE REBUILDING

OF A CITY.

Reporter: DREW SIGNED

WITH THE SAINTS IN 2006.

FOUR SEASONS LATER, HE LED

THEM TO NOT ONLY THEIR FIRST

SUPER BOWL, BUT TO VICTORY.

IT WASN'T JUST THROUGH

FOOTBALL THAT DREW HAS

BECOME A BEACON OF HOPE TO

NEW ORLEANS AND THE STATE OF

LOUISIANA.

TOGETHER WITH HIS WIFE,

WHITNEY, HE FOUNDED "THE

BREES DREAM FOUNDATION."

AND DREW HAS ALSO WRITTEN A

BOOK ENTITLED "COMING BACK

STRONGER," WHICH CHRONICLES

HIS JOURNEY WITH THE

UNDERLYING MESSAGE OF NEVER

GIVING UP AND FOLLOWING

GOD'S PLAN.

I LIVE FOR GOD AND THE

FAITH I HAVE FOR HIM, AND

KNOWING THE SACRIFICES THAT

JESUS CHRIST MADE ON THE

CROSS FOR ME.

AND JUST FEELING LIKE IT IS

IN GOD'S HANDS.

AND ALL I HAVE TO DO IS JUST

GIVE IT MY BEST, COMMIT THE

REST TO HIM, AND EVERYTHING

ELSE IS TAKEN CARE OF.

THAT TAKES A WEIGHT OFF MY

SHOULDERS.

I THINK THAT WOULD TAKE A

WEIGHT OFF ANYBODY'S

SHOULDERS.

TO GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE TO

KNOW THAT YOU'VE GOT

SOMEBODY LOOKING OUT FOR YOU.

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