Drew Brees shares great Archie Manning story on Letterman

Drew BreesDrew Brees was a guest on “Late Night with David Letterman” Wednesday and shared a fantastic story about Archie Manning.

Brees was talking with Letterman about his sons and said that he would be thrilled if they ended up being as successful in football as the Mannings. That led to a conversation about his relationship with the Mannings.

Brees described how Olivia and Archie Manning reached out to him and tried to make him feel at home when he signed with the New Orleans Saints — Archie’s former team — back in 2006. They made him feel great, except for one instance.

Drew says Archie reached out to him constantly, texting him on a weekly basis to make sure he was alright and asking him if he needed anything. Archie would wish Brees good luck before games throughout the entire season until Week 16 rolled around.

“Christmas Eve we come here to New York to play Eli Manning and the New York football Giants,” Brees recalled. “I don’t get a text [from Archie] on Friday. Don’t get a text on Saturday. And I get a text Sunday morning that says, ‘you’re on your own this week, buddy.’”

Great story.

For what it’s worth, the Saints won the game 30-7. Brees only went 13-of-32 for 132 yards and a touchdown, while Eli was 9-of-25 for 74 yards, a touchdown and an interception. There were 20 mph winds, so the conditions probably made it difficult to pass.

Brees didn’t exactly say who he wants to win the Super Bowl on Sunday, but he does say he’s big fan of the game and will be watching. He also intimated that he’ll be pulling for Peyton to win a ring after all he’s gone through.

Drew Brees’ stretched out neck is one of the best NFL GIFs of the year

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was nearly decapitated by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Sunday. Whether the hit was legal or not has become a hot topic of debate, but I think we all can agree that Brees got throttled. The hit also happened to lead to one of the best GIFs of the year.

LandThieves.com has presented us with a GIF of Brees chatting with FOX Sports’ Pam Oliver after the game. As you can see, the ruthless hit that Brooks laid on him led to somewhat of a stretched out neck. Brees may want to see a chiropractor this week to get that taken care of.

[Related: Ahmad Brooks calls his roughing the passer penalty 'bulls---']

Between the GIF of Andy Reid as the Kool-Aid guy and now this masterpiece, we may already have our finalists for 2013 NFL GIF of the Year.

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Ahmad Brooks called for critical penalty for hitting Drew Brees in neck (GIF)

Ahmad Brooks was called for a critical personal foul penalty for hitting Drew Brees in the neck on 3rd and 2 play in the final four minutes of Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers.

Brooks beat the Saints’ right tackle around the edge and just crushed Brees, causing a fumble that was recovered by Patrick Willis. But the refs flagged Brooks for a personal foul for hitting Brees in the neck. The penalty resulted in a first down for the Saints and allowed them to keep the drive going. They eventually kicked a field goal to tie the game.

Here’s a slow motion replay of the hit:

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Drew Brees: Johnny Manziel can ‘absolutely’ be a starting quarterback in NFL

Johnny ManzielNew Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees knows plenty about having the odds stacked against him. Despite standing at just 6-feet tall, Brees is one of the best passers in the NFL. Other Elite quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are nearly six inches taller than Brees, but the former Purdue star lights up the scoreboard just the same.

In that sense, Johnny Manziel and Brees have something in common. Manziel is 6-foot-1 and many scouts have questioned whether or not he can become an effective quarterback at the next level. During an interview with FOXSports.com on Wednesday, Brees was asked if he believes Manziel can be a starter in the NFL.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Brees said. “It’s hard for a young quarterback to come in this league and have success immediately. That’s more the exception than the rule. What those three rookie quarterbacks were able to accomplish last season — [Robert Griffin III], Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson — was pretty phenomenal. That’s not easy to do at all.”

Most people felt Brees was too small and would have too many passes batted down because of it. Nearly 50,000 career passing yards, 349 touchdowns and a Super Bowl MVP award later, and Brees has silenced each and every one of his critics. The 34-year-old believes Manziel can do the same because of his playmaking ability.

“He is a heck of a player,” Brees said. “He’s fun to watch. He makes all kinds of plays. He’s got all the playmaking ability to be a great player. [There are] guys like [Manziel] in this league. Russell Wilson and his ability to run the football and extend plays outside the pocket and throw the ball down the field. Intermediate [routes], I mean he can do it all.”

Manziel has a legitimate shot at winning another Heisman Trophy this season, as he has proven he can make elite throws in addition to scrambling. However, question marks surrounding his NFL potential have as much — or more — to do with his maturity level as they do his physical makeup. Brees alluded to that.

“You have to instill confidence in the guy’s you’re playing with so they’ll follow you and play for you so you can get the best out of them,” he said. “It’s all about leadership.”

It’s the extracurricular stuff that makes Manziel “undraftable” to some NFL teams. It’s also that stuff that could make him a steal in April if he can overcome his physical limits the way Brees did.

Drew Brees clears up tip controversy


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees should not have to take time out of his busy training camp schedule to explain how he spends his money, but he obviously cares about his image. Earlier this week, gossip site The Dirty posted the photo you see above above of a dinner receipt that allegedly belonged to Brees. As you can see, he left a $3.00 tip on a $74.41 bill.

Of course, no one attempted to get the entire story. Have you ever called in an order for a bunch of pizzas or something and gone and picked them up yourself? For those who are unfamiliar with that concept, it’s called takeout. And since you don’t really have a server for a takeout order, there’s generally no need to tip anywhere close to 20%.

In fact, most people don’t tip at all when ordering takeout. What Brees tips is really nobody’s business, but you can understand why he wanted to clarify. The picture of the receipt without context made him look like an a-hole (or “cheap bastard” as The Dirty phrased it), and we know how much the internet loves when millionaires don’t tip well. Now, back to football.

Vicks alters Drew Brees ad so his birthmark is on the wrong cheek (Picture)

Is the birthmark Drew Brees has on his face similar to Cindy Crawford’s mole? Anyone who is familiar with Brees and has seen him without a helmet on knows he has a birthmark on one of his cheeks. Those of you who have a photographic memory may remember that the birthmark is on Brees’ right cheek. If you go by the Vicks advertisement above that a Twitter user shared on Monday, the Saints quarterback has one on each cheek.

The image on the left is correct. The image on the right shows a birthmark on Brees’ left cheek that doesn’t actually exist. Photos are airbrushed all the time for advertising purposes, but why did Vicks feel the need to give Brees an extra birthmark?

The only thing I can think of is that the creators of the ad feel as though Brees’ birthmark is a strong identifier for him. Perhaps seeing a birthmark — regardless of which cheek it is on — reassures our subconscience that the man in the picture is in fact the Super Bowl MVP and future Hall of Famer. Or perhaps our man Danny Lee was right when he wrote that sports advertising has simply gone too far.

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Drew Brees responds to Terry Bradshaw, defends ‘historic night’

Former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw was critical of the way Drew Brees and the Saints celebrated last weekend, and now Brees has responded.

The current FOX NFL Sunday analyst said on WFAN that he wasn’t impressed with Brees setting a record by throwing for at least one touchdown pass in 48 straight games. He also was upset with the NFL for allowing Sean Payton and the other suspended Saints personnel to attend the game.

Brees responded during an interview on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” on Thursday.

“I haven’t heard his comments directly,” Brees said, “but there’s no person who’s a bigger part of that record than Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis, Joe Vitt — all the coaches on suspension right now. I felt it was very appropriate for them to be there because they are as big a part of that as anybody, and it really made for a special night, a historic night. I was really glad they could be a part of it.”

Unlike Bradshaw and LBS writer Steve DelVecchio, I do think it was a big night. Though wins are important, I don’t think the significance of achieving historic records that can stand for years should be minimized. Brees was celebrated by the city and sent special gifts after breaking the record, and I don’t have a problem with that. But the one area that I agree with Bradshaw on is the NFL allowing the suspended personnel to attend the game. Why should they have been rewarded while they were on suspension?

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