Guest Speaker Drew Brees
Super Bowl-winning quarterback and two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Drew Brees is the 2009 Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. A native of Austin, TX, Brees attended Westlake High School and lettered in football, basketball, and baseball and as a senior in 1996 led his football team to a perfect 16-0 record and the 5A State Championship while garnering 5A Offensive Player of the Year honors. He attended Purdue University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from the prestigious Krannert School of Management while lettering in football from 1997-2000. A two-time Heisman finalist, Brees led the Boilermakers to a Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl appearance during the 2000 season.
In Brees’ five years with the San Diego Chargers and seven years with the New Orleans Saints, he has been elected to seven Pro Bowls while being named 2004 Comeback player of the Year, 2006 All-Pro Team, 2006 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, 2008 and 2011 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, and Super Bowl XLIV Champion and MVP.
Brees has set numerous records and during his NFL career, but many admire him for the work he has done off the field.
Brees is often credited with helping lead the city of New Orleans’ rebirth after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Drew and Brittany’s Brees Dream Foundation announced a partnership in 2007 with international children’s charity Operation Kids, to rebuild and restore and recreate academic and athletic facilities, parks and playgrounds, after-school programs, mentoring programs for the intellectually disabled, neighborhood revitalization projects and child care facilities in New Orleans. The charity has calso ommitted more than $17 million dollars to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.
He is also an accomplished author with his book Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity which was released in 2010.
Brees currently lives with his wife Brittany and sons Baylen, Bowen and Callen in New Orleans.