In a league with players who can’t remember how many children they have, and of those who compare themselves to slaves, it’s nice to know that there are still those who fit the part of role model. Of course, I’m speaking of New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees. A hero to both his team as well as the entire city of New Orleans, the 2009 Superbowl MVP has always understood what it takes to be a leader.
Considering recent events regarding the NFL’s negotiation with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) which eventually lead to the current NFL lockout, Brees took a central role in the negotiations. Accepting his position as not only a pivotal figure for his team, but as an advocate for the league, Brees acted as one of the players’ liaisons. In such efforts to bring balance back to the most popular sport in America, the Saints player was joined by others such as Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning, in attempting to bring reason to the owners of the league.
Unfortunately, the owners of the league have been refusing to accept their responsibility in sharing revenue with the players who make the game what it is. This lead to the NFL Lockout, as well as the lawsuit by the NFLPA. Utilizing their public stardom, the union placed the names of their top players including Brees as well as Manning, and New England QB Tom Brady. Though the suit was successful in ending the lockout, the league has implemented an appeal to extend the strike.
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