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Drew Brees paying for most expenses of Saints’ workout

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MDS told you about the remarkable turnout Tuesday at the Saints’ surprisingly organized team activities, with 37 members of the team coming together from all parts of the country to participate in workouts Drew Brees spearheaded.

Left unsaid by Brees was the cost associated with the practices.  Brees has spent a considerable amount of time and money to put these workouts together.

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that Brees is paying for most of the expenses.  He’s paying for Tulane staff to help out, in addition to insurance and lodging for some of the team’s younger players.   (No word if guys are crashing on his coach.)

“This is leadership defined. What better way to win friends and influence teammates than to dig into your own pocket and show them you care about their well-being as much as your own,” Duncan writes.

We agree.  The weeks of work Brees put into the workouts may say even more about him.  He flew his personal trainer into town to oversee the conditioning “program.”   He arranged for the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine to provide insurance for players that need it.  He coordinated with the school to make their film room available.

Who needs coaches?

And as Duncan points out, who can imagine this Saints team without Brees?  Even during a lockout, Brees’ market value for his next contract continues to rise.

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52 Responses to “Drew Brees paying for most expenses of Saints’ workout”
  1. benh999 says: May 4, 2011 1:25 PM

    Yeah, because the Saints would refuse to reimburse him after the lockout ends… I’m not criticizing him, but it is hardly as benevolent as it sounds.

  2. chapnastier says: May 4, 2011 1:25 PM

    Well since he is partially responsible for the lockout he should.

  3. stergersburgernips says: May 4, 2011 1:28 PM

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  4. 49er33 says: May 4, 2011 1:28 PM

    Brees probably the only classy guy up in New Orleans.

  5. skoobyfl says: May 4, 2011 1:30 PM

    You see who wants to win in this league. The Bills QB couldn’t afford to make a trip for a himself, much less most of the team.

  6. 28purple4mvp says: May 4, 2011 1:31 PM

    crashing on his coach.)-that sounds rough

  7. sdboltaction says: May 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    Brees has always been a good dude since his first days as a Charger. Can’t say I always agree with him on some things, but that doesn’t make him any less of a good guy.

  8. umiami11 says: May 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    How did the chargers just let this guy walk out the door?

  9. chadmurdigan says: May 4, 2011 1:34 PM

    Definitely a more powerful statement of leadership than to say you’re going on vacation with your mother.

  10. daveomcd says: May 4, 2011 1:34 PM

    I hope we have football or thats a lot of money spent for nothing.

  11. stevecmh says: May 4, 2011 1:35 PM

    The Cowboys had about 40 players at their private players’ workout, so New Orleans’ turnout isn’t so remarkable to me.

    Considering the extensive TV coverage, it seems to have been more about PR than practicing football.

  12. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 4, 2011 1:41 PM

    He should be spending less money and start spending more time convincing his fellow blind mice to get rid of DEmo Smith and reduce their greedy demands so a deal can get done

  13. dequan81 says: May 4, 2011 1:41 PM

    So the Cowboys organize a workout with 40 showing up (more than the Saints) and the only story we get is one written for a back handed attack at Dez Bryant …?

  14. quarterpounder10 says: May 4, 2011 1:42 PM

    I wish he was my QB..

  15. redstar504 says: May 4, 2011 1:43 PM

    @49er33 nice dig at New Orleans I am from here and I even got a laught out of that.

    Seriously, Brees is such a special person. The thing I enjoy about him is he doesn’t take credit for anything he does. Most guys would be out there blabbing into every mic, ” I paid for all this”, he says nothing, his teammates are the ones that give him credit.

    Here in New Orleans he pops in on schools doesn’t make a big deal about it because he doesn’t want the media to know. He wants it to be about the kids.

    It is so refreshing to see someone doing good because they truly want to not doing stuff to get credit and good press for it.

  16. p4ever says: May 4, 2011 1:44 PM

    I am having difficulties comprehending this; if I’m locked out, I would work on my own. What motivation do the owners have lifting the lockout when they know the players are working for free at their own risk?

  17. joelvis72 says: May 4, 2011 1:47 PM

    I love Drew, but I think he is also quietly getting experience in such “leader” type activities so he can pursue a political career after football.

  18. cytofed says: May 4, 2011 1:54 PM

    Football would be great if all 32 team have more of these charateristic, esspecaily at the qb position.

  19. gbpackets says: May 4, 2011 1:55 PM

    How noble. When the players get their way and destroy the salary cap, revenue sharing, draft, and restrictions on free agency, this guy will be raking in more than 30 million a year. What he’s paying now will be chump change.

  20. bowsi says: May 4, 2011 1:57 PM

    Who needs owners…. Let’s play football?

  21. falconsfan says: May 4, 2011 1:58 PM

    As a Falcons Fan it’s easy to have a rivalry against the Saints, but it’s easy to admire Brees. Brees is quickly becoming a first ballot HOFer.

  22. crabboil says: May 4, 2011 2:03 PM

    meanwhile, Tony Romo is preparing for a golf tournament.

  23. georgegabriel9 says: May 4, 2011 2:05 PM

    Can’t express how fantastic it is to have a QB of his stature, skill, leadership and work ethic on our team. In a world where superstar athletes usually make the headlines for all the wrong reasons, Brees continues to serve as a reminder that there are plenty of good guys out there, and they’re the true role models. Who dat, all the way from London England.

  24. RussianBreadMaker says: May 4, 2011 2:17 PM

    Can’t think of a more classy player in the NFL.

  25. CKL says: May 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    umiami11 says: May 4, 2011 1:33 PM

    How did the chargers just let this guy walk out the door?
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    I dislike AJ Smith immensely but he wanted to go another direction @ QB. AJ drafted Rivers in 04 and Brees was coming off a pretty big time throwing shoulder injury at the end of 05 so it’s hard to question the decision FOOTBALL WISE…and Brees had his best year that year in 05 when they franchised him. That said, Marty S. wanted to keep Brees IIRC so of course AJ had to dump him instead. Looks like both teams did well with that decision.

  26. swissard says: May 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    I’m amazed at some of the 1 sided comments people make. Both sides in this mess are to blame but how can anyone rag on the players about things like the salary cap? That was imposed by one set of owners to stop other like Eddie DeBartolo from buying every player (and I’m a 9er fan.) Also who sets the price of tickets, drinks, parking, etc – the players? Who pays the players their outrageous salaries – other players? Do the players have to say no to the $$$ thrown at them. You got a group of pampered, spoiled highly paid athletes many of whom don’t appreciate what they have and a group of businessmen who own nearly everything and want more. The owners have talked about lockout for some time, even getting insurance to carry them through. No talk of a strike was ever mentioned that I can remember. They’re both crapping on a golden situation and neither side deserves support from anyone.

  27. stevecmh says: May 4, 2011 2:36 PM

    Every fan in America has an opinion about the Cowboys on just about any issue, that’s the way it’s been for over 40 years.

    It’s no surprise that journalists, as well as comments here, attack the team and its players. Dez Bryant has been a popular target since he was drafted, typically with no basis in fact for the allegations suggested.

    The second sentence in the news report of the Cowboys’ private practice was about Dez Bryant’s absence. That statement is a worthless criticism since Bryant is still re-habbing his broken ankle and would not be practicing even if the lockout ends today.

    I do agree with the comment that Brees will pursue a political career after his playing days are over. However, I doubt that these public practices have anything to do with that.

  28. hendawg21 says: May 4, 2011 2:38 PM

    49er33 says:
    May 4, 2011 1:28 PM
    Brees probably the only classy guy up in New Orleans.

    Ah excuse me dude up in New Orleans unless you’re out in the middle of the Gulf or in South America I think you mean down in New Orleans…

  29. jelberg says: May 4, 2011 2:49 PM

    You wrote crashing on his coach, not couch.

    3rd paragraph:
    (No word if guys are crashing on his coach.)

  30. melonnhead says: May 4, 2011 2:49 PM

    Sure, Drew paid for everything and the first person he told about it was someone in the media. Meanwhile, 40 Cowboys players didn’t need to be bribed to show up.

  31. annnann says: May 4, 2011 2:50 PM

    Say what you want about Drew Brees, but his leadership is something. Even if the Saints don’t reach expectations next season, it would be hard to question the dedication and focus invested on winning. Chargers fan should not feel bad though, because it has worked out well for both sides. Rivers, like Brees, is an amazing quarterback.

  32. briang123 says: May 4, 2011 2:58 PM

    Brees is a total phony. He signed with the Saints not because he wanted to help after Katrina, but because no one wanted him. And so what if he won a Super Bowl. The defense won that game for him and he was along for the ride, no different than Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson. They wouldn’t have even been int he Super Bowl if it weren’t for all those turnovers the Vikings had.

    Brees expects someone to pay him back, probably the other players once they get a paycheck again. And it would not surprise me if his vig is 10-15%.

    Oh, and people need to check to make sure he is paying citizens to work and paying their Social Security taxes.

  33. stergersburgernips says: May 4, 2011 3:01 PM

    @jelberg

    get a hobby, 99.9% of us knew what was meant.

  34. mitchnola says: May 4, 2011 3:06 PM

    I may disagree with his position on the CBA/lawsuit/lockout but Drew has been an amazing leader, quarterback, and citizen since he moved to New Orleans. He is the ultimate character guy and a true class act.

    Once during March or April of 2007 (the offseason between his 1st & 2nd seasons as a Saint) I saw he and his wife walking through Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans. Another guy in the park was walking his dog, let the dog stop to poop and then continued walking without picking up after his dog. Drew walked up to the guy, pointed out that there were convientiently placed baggies throughout the park and convinced the guy to go back and pick up his dog’s sh!#. I knew right then that the Saints were in good hands with a guy who knows that there’s a right way to do things both on the football field and in life.

  35. dequan81 says: May 4, 2011 3:13 PM

    crabboil says:
    May 4, 2011 2:03 PM
    meanwhile, Tony Romo is preparing for a golf tournament.

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    And practicing with 39 other Cowboys… Who don’t need or want the publicity. Thanks for playing!

  36. jjared1101 says: May 4, 2011 3:25 PM

    crabboil says:
    May 4, 2011 2:03 PM
    meanwhile, Tony Romo is preparing for a golf tournament.

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    Meanwhile, Tony Romo helped organize a 40 player workout yesterday.

    But don’t let facts like that get in the way of your Cowboy bashing.

  37. breeshasabush says: May 4, 2011 3:26 PM

    49er33 says:
    May 4, 2011 1:28 PM
    Brees probably the only classy guy up in New Orleans.

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    Funny u should say that. I was at a Seether concert last night at the house of blues and a guy from California (as he kept announcing to everyone) was being beligerent and drunk (like many tourists around here are) and he was harrassing my friends girlfriend while my friend was inside, i asked him to stop to which he replied “im gunna hit on here and you have absolutely no say so in the matter whatsoever” and instead of hitting the guy and making him look stupid i just looked at him and said “beahve yourself and go back to where you came from”. You see here in NOLA we may not seem appealing to the rest of the US but we are a united people, we are the true definition of southern hospitality. Its the rest of u who come down here and think we’re lawless savages and start acting like wild animals eventually getting hurt or arrested in the process because you cant handle it. New Orleans…. Love it or stay the hell away from it!

  38. karlpilkington says: May 4, 2011 3:28 PM

    49er33 says:
    May 4, 2011 1:28 PM
    Brees probably the only classy guy up in New Orleans

    “UP” in NOLA, where are you from ? The Gulf of Mexico?

  39. stanklepoot says: May 4, 2011 3:34 PM

    iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 4, 2011 1:41 PM

    He should be spending less money and start spending more time convincing his fellow blind mice to get rid of DEmo Smith and reduce their greedy demands so a deal can get done
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    Seriously man, let it go. The owners are the ones demanding a larger share of the revenue. Even if you agree with them (and you’re obviously in the bag for the owners), it’s hard to describe the players position as making greedy demands. They’re simply trying to keep what they have. Show me one person who wouldn’t try to do the same thing.

  40. b1unt3d says: May 4, 2011 3:35 PM

    And to think.. EA wanted to follow up having this PRO on the cover of Madden with Michael Vick. Brutal. You are a class act Drew Brees.

  41. rad312 says: May 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    The benevolent Brees…..the same guy who essentially told the retired players that it is not the NFLPA’s responsibility to lookout for the retired players and that if you are retired and in need of money or healthcare then you must have spent all your money on divorces and etc….

    There are definitely a few retired players that would view Brees in a different light. So, let’s hold-off on anointing him for sainthood.

    He is a strong leader for the Saints however he shares equal responsibilities with the others on the NFLPA Executive Council for allowing De Smith and Kessler to run a muck!

  42. ilovefoolsball says: May 4, 2011 3:51 PM

    melonnhead says:
    May 4, 2011 2:49 PM
    Sure, Drew paid for everything and the first person he told about it was someone in the media. Meanwhile, 40 Cowboys players didn’t need to be bribed to show up.
    ______________
    Brees was asked a question point blank about who is footing the expenses. I suppose to you the more “noble” answer would’ve been to lie or go “no comment”.

    The cowboys suck, they haven’t been relevant since Aikman. Lucky for them they have a new stadium so all of the other teams can enjoy their victories.

  43. panther17 says: May 4, 2011 4:15 PM

    He’d be alright if he wasn’t a Saint.

  44. jjared1101 says: May 4, 2011 4:20 PM

    The cowboys suck, they haven’t been relevant since Aikman. Lucky for them they have a new stadium so all of the other teams can enjoy their victories.

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    Yea…they are so irrelevant that other teams fans can’t help but talk about them. And they only have the most primetime games year in and year out.

  45. marthisdil says: May 4, 2011 4:28 PM

    “And as Duncan points out, who can imagine this Saints team without Brees? Even during a lockout, Brees’ market value for his next contract continues to rise.”

    Except that he’s pissed off the owners…Be funny if the Saints offered him far, far less than what he makes now, and every other NFL team does the same…

    “Here, enjoy making league minimum for all the trouble you caused”

  46. macarthurtexas says: May 4, 2011 4:56 PM

    As several have pointed out, isn’t it interesting that the Cowboys had 40-45 turnout for a Romo led event, yet all we get is a barb about Bryant, who has a medical reason, and a shot the other day about how Romo plays too much golf.

    I actually can understand why some don’t like the Cowboys. However, too often guys like you let your dislike totally cloud your objectivity with regards to how these ‘stories’ are reported.

  47. freedomispopular says: May 4, 2011 5:24 PM

    He’ll get all that money and then some back when there’s no salary cap because of his and others’ actions.

  48. stevecmh says: May 4, 2011 5:33 PM

    @macarthurtexas

    How right you are!

    Did you hear that Dez Bryant was at today’s (still) private Cowboys practice?

    Plus, Tony Romo told the press that Dez actually informed him in advance that a family event would not allow him to attend the first practice.

    So it was much ado about nothing. Of course, it still gave those who dislike the Cowboys a chance to spout off.

  49. granadafan says: May 4, 2011 6:05 PM

    melonnhead says:
    May 4, 2011 2:49 PM
    Brees was asked a question point blank about who is footing the expenses. I suppose to you the more “noble” answer would’ve been to lie or go “no comment”.
    —————————————————————

    Where in this article does it say Drew Brees was asked who footed the bill? You’re making stuff up, melonnhead.

  50. nola5712 says: May 4, 2011 6:20 PM

    briang123 says:
    May 4, 2011 2:58 PM

    “Brees is a total phony. He signed with the Saints not because he wanted to help after Katrina, but because no one wanted him. And so what if he won a Super Bowl. The defense won that game for him and he was along for the ride”

    ignorance must be bliss. brees tied the record for most completions in a superbowl AND went 7-7 to seven DIFFERENT receivers on the go ahead td drive (NOT including the completed 2 point conversion…so make that 8-8). the defense didn’t win it, they SEALED it after the saints were already winning.

    and to all the cowboys fans moaning about something…stfu. you come off as overly competitive children who didn’t get enough attention (in this case, regarding media stories or lack thereof concerning player organized “ota”‘s). did saints fans ASK for this story?? no. this media outlet CHOSE to write about the saints over the cowboys. maybe it’s because brees is 100x the classy player/person romo will ever be.

    so for real. just shut up. or get some cheese for that WHINE.

  51. axespray says: May 4, 2011 6:52 PM

    No EMTs/Owners/Coaches/Cameras?
    the players seem happy….so tell me why, again are they complaining about owners wanting a better CBA deal?

  52. Canyonero says: May 5, 2011 12:44 AM

    That’s awesome. How anyone can think Brees is doing this because he knows he’ll be reimbursed is just crazy. Brees is named in a lawsuit against the NFL and the whole tizzy is about compensation. There’s no way he can know he’ll get the money back.

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