Drew Brees is a Super Bowl winner, holder of dozens of NFL records, and a certain future Hall of Famer. To that list of lofty accolades, he can add another: first guest on the Shutdown Corner Podcast. (Right up there with winning the Lombardi Trophy, yes?)
Anyway, Brees stops by the podcast to chat about a wide range of topics, from the Saints' 3-0 start, to the difficulty of playing last year without head coach Sean Payton, to the many fine restaurants he frequents while in New Orleans. He also gave insight into one of the most pivotal moments of his career.
"One of the most defining moments of my career was in college [at Purdue]," he says. "It was my sophomore year, my first year as a starter, the fourth game of the season. We were playing at Notre Dame, which was a Top 10 team. It was easily the biggest game of my career. The first 58 minutes of the game, I played as well as I'd ever played, and we were winning. The last two minutes, I threw two interceptions and we lost the game.
"It was a defining moment because it was one of those times, emotionally, where I could go in two directions. I could pout and make this affect me and I'd never be the same, or I could find a way to come back stronger and learn from the situation."
You can guess which path he took. Brees joins us courtesy of Tide, which is using him and 31 other players as amateur photojournalists for their "Color Captains" promotion; you can check out more at Tide's Twitter page.
The rest of the episode is the usual award-winning (our mothers think we're the best) hijinks by Kevin Kaduk, Frank Schwab and Jay Busbee, including Adrian Peterson's mountain to climb to get to 2,500 yards; Eli Manning's elite-or-not status, and whether fruit in beer is a crime against nature.
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