When you’re guiding the NFL’s top-ranked offense on one of the NFL’s two remaining undefeated teams, there is plenty to be thankful for. But that success also means the schedule doesn’t get any easier for Saints quarterback Drew Brees – on or off the field.
Brees, who ranks in the top four in the NFL in passing yards, touchdown passes and completion percentage, recently visited the White House to shoot a Thanksgiving PSA with President Barack Obama. The PSA also featured Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware. The three Pro Bowlers and President Obama promoted the NFL’s Play 60 initiative, playing football with a group of Washington, D.C. kids on the White House lawn.
“The White House experience was special,” said Brees, whose Saints improved to 10-0 Sunday with a 38-7 win at Tampa Bay. “How many opportunities do you get to throw the football with the President on the White House lawn?”
For the record, Brees said he was impressed with the President’s receiving skills. He also was impressed with his ability to talk sports. “Obama definitely knows his sports, being that he is from a huge sports town like Chicago,” said Brees.
Next up on the field for Brees and the Saints: a Monday night showdown with Tom Brady and the high-scoring New England Patriots. First, however, both teams will find time between practices to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Thanksgiving, growing up, was probably my favorite holiday,” said Brees. “Everyone would cook their holiday specialties in the kitchen and there was always the very competitive ‘Turkey Bowl’ football game in the backyard. Those are some of my best memories.”
— Craig Ellenport