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Saints News Network |  | New Orleans Saints Drew Brees has done it all in his career, but a
second Super Bowl would make him invincible

January 20th of this year marked the 10-year
anniversary of the immaculate AMC drama Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad
is one of my favorite shows of all time, so much so that in
addition to having watched the series through at least twice, I
even bought Alan Sepinwell’s companion book, Breaking Bad
101: The Complete Critical Companion.
To put it simply,
Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston put on one of the greatest
achievements in television and the show was chock-full of wonderful
moments throughout its five-year run.

Disclaimer: If you haven’t
watched Breaking Bad, then consider this a spoiler
alert.

There’s one moment in the show specifically I think
relates to Saints
quarterback Drew
Brees
and where he stands at this very point in his
career. In “Buyout”, the sixth episode of season five, Jesse and
Mike want out of the meth business. This isn’t like previous
instances where someone wants out of the business, this time they
both mean it. Mike is too old for the DEA to be tailing him all day
and night, and Jesse’s soul is shaken after Todd shoots and kills a
kid that just so happened to see some of their illegal shenanigans.
Jesse comes to Walt with a proposed buyout offer from a competing
meth dealer to the sum of $5 million each. Walt staunchly refuses
because the amount of money he’s sitting on is
pushing $300 million and he’s refusing to sell out and take pennies
on the dollar.

We come to find out
that Walt as a younger man was in a similar situation and he’s not
making the same mistake twice. A company he helped found is worth a
little over $2.5 billion “with a ‘B’” as Walt says, but Walter sold
his share in the early stages for a mere five grand. Jesse asked
Walter earlier in the episode if the two of them are in the meth
business or the money business and Walt responds in kind: “Neither.
I’m in the empire business.”

This
is all a long ways of saying that Drew Brees is undoubtedly a Hall
of Fame quarterback, five years to the second he decides to hang up
the cleats. Brees will almost definitely retire with every major
passing record to his claim, a Super Bowl
MVP and numerous time All-Pro/Pro Bowl
quarterback. But as Brees heads into year 19 in the league and year
12 in New Orleans, Brees isn’t in the money making business or the
passing record business. Brees is trying to expand upon his own
empire.

Brees has absolutely
nothing to prove career wise. That said, consider what a second
Super Bowl would do for his immortality. There’s just something
about having multiple titles on a resume. Brett
Favre
was great but hardly anyone would put him above
guys like Joe Montana, John Elway, Tom
Brady
or Peyton Manning. Even today, Brees is always at
least the third guy mentioned in the “best quarterback today”
debate behind Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Recently, Sunday Night
Football put out a Twitter poll asking who was the best in the
game, and the choices were Brady, Rodgers, Russell
Wilson
or Carson Wentz. For some reason or another, Brees
is always overlooked. But if he can win a second Super Bowl?

One Super Bowl makes a player
immortal. A second makes him invincible. Think of it this way, with
the way the game is played and the rules being geared more toward
offense, the passing statistics seem a bit inflated. And years from
now, someone will almost definitely remember Drew Brees and say he
was the product of an era that allowed for passing numbers like
that. As for his one and only Super Bowl? Well…I mean Joe
Flacco
and Trent
Dilfer
and Brad
Johnson
have also won a Super Bowl too, you know? And the
#actually crowd could say that anyone
can be lucky one. But there’s no denying winning titles, plural.

Again, there is nothing Brees needs
to do in whatever years remain in his career. A second title would
be the definition of lagniappe. Brees’ place in history will not be
harmed at all if he never gets that second Super Bowl. But a second
Super Bowl puts him on a tier away from Favre or *ahem* options B,
C and D on SNF’s twitter poll.

We
are in the twilight of Brees’ career. This 2018 season might be
Brees’ best chance left to build upon his empire. In one sense, if
Brees retires only as the NFL’s all-time
leader in passing yards, touchdowns and the owner of a Super Bowl
title, that’s as good as any career any player’s ever had.

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p id=”zKirUA”>But Brees’ story is in the waning
chapters, not the final paragraph. And a second Super Bowl would
secure Brees’ empire.

 

Read the Canal Street Chronicles article: www.canalstreetchronicles.com/2018/7/30/17626236/the-drew-brees-empire-nfl-super-bowl-new-orleans-saints-brett-favre-tom-brady-sean-payton

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