Drew Brees, the current quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, in his last year on the San Diego Chargers team badly injured his throwing shoulder. While he went to a very specialized doctor to repair it, he also needed to see orthopedic doctors for his rotator cuff, which still sustained injuries. The orthopedic doctors probably worked with specialist Dr. James Andrews to help regain the full range of movement in this throwing shoulder. Having orthopedic doctors helping alongside Dr. James Andrews was probably very helpful in making sure that he was completely healed.
Even though Drew Brees went through a grueling recovery process where he improved ahead of schedule on almost every goal set by his doctors, the San Diego Chargers were still skeptical about his potential to not only get back to his performance level that he had shown in the past, but to continue to improve. So instead of offering him a contract that offered faith in him, the San Diego Chargers offered him a contract that was based heavily on incentives which were based on performance. Drew Brees did not like the slight that was implied in the contract. So he started looking around at other teams.
At this point, there were only two teams that were competing to get him, the New Orleans Saints and the Miami Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins seemed like the clear choice. They were a better team and had a much better record than the New Orleans Saints. But they did not have faith that Brees would recover completely. They approached him like a risk, one that might be a little too high. On the other hand, the New Orleans Saints had enormous faith that Brees would come back even stronger than before. The head coach Sean Payton welcomed Brees with open arms and wanted him to help the team and the city, recently ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Brees felt a pull to the city, and decided to make his home there.
Each year, Drew Brees became better and better. He, like his book’s title, did indeed come back even stronger than before. He eventually lead the New Orleans Saints to a magnificent Superbowl win over the Indianapolis Colts on February 7, 2012. In the city’s eyes, he can do no wrong. They welcomed the team home with a victory parade, the streets ringing with the words “Thank you boys” and “Who Dat!”
Then in 2011 Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s twenty-seven year-old passing record during the Monday night football game against the Atlanta Falcons at home in the New Orleans Superdome. The pass that broke the record was a touchdown to running back Darren Sproles. He holds more than one National Football League record, including the most passing yards in a single month, most seasons with more than five-thousand passing yards, most completions in a season, most over four hundred completion seasons, and most consecutive over four hundred completion seasons. He also holds New Orleans Saints franchise records and San Diego Chargers franchise records.