You often hear it said of successful athletes that if they wanted to run for office in the cities and states where they've brought championships, they'd have little trouble getting elected. Some, like Jim Bunning and Arnold Schwarzenegger, make longtime commitments to the political life. Should we expect to count New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees(notes) among those names when his NFL career is over? Judging from a recent interview with XX Sports Radio in San Diego, Brees has a mandate and he isn't backing off. Of course, it's easy to be outraged at what the BP oil disaster has done to the Gulf Coast, but remember that Brees brought his family down to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. When he talks about what the spill is doing to his home turf, there's some weight behind it.
It's ridiculous. Every time you see a picture of the underwater camera and the oil that is coming out, it is just swelling out of this thing. It's almost worse [than at first] because now it's in color. It's a high-definition oil spill. It's like 2.5 million gallons a day ... the fact of the matter is it's not stopped, so we still have millions of gallons of oil spilling into the gulf. We've seen first-hand who it's affecting. When you talk about everybody who's involved in the gulf coast in the fishing industry, the crabbing industry, shrimping, the oyster beds, tourism. This is the time of year when everybody from the North and the Midwest is going down to the Gulf Coast. ... Nobody's going down there anymore. ... There's going to be some long-term effects.
Brees isn't sure whose fault it is that things aren't getting better, but it's safe to say that he's not the only one feeling the frustration.
I'm not saying it's President Obama, but it just seems like this whole thing has been so political, in regards to whose fault it is and who are we going to blame? The fact of the matter is, we want to see results. Get the dang thing stopped and get help to people down there that need it and allow some of these local governments to do what they need to do to protect citizens.
Will Brees eventually play the political game?
Would you guys vote for me? I'm not closing the door on anything. I'd be unlike most politicians because I have a hard time lying. I would tell the truth all the time. I don't know if people would like that. That's not really the norm.
People might like it more than you think, Drew.