Pro Football Hall of Famer Sam Huff has ripped Saints quarterback Drew Brees once again, this time penning a brief essay in which he writes that “Drew Brees is just trying to get to where I have been.”
To review, Huff has hated Brees since 2009, when Brees said that it’s not the responsibility of the active players to take care of retired players who have blown their money.
“There’s some guys out there that have made bad business decisions,” Brees said in January of 2009. “They took their pensions early because they never went out and got a job. They’ve had a couple divorces and they’re making payments to this place and that place. And that’s why they don’t have money. And they’re coming to us to basically say ‘Please make up for my bad judgment.’ In that case, that’s not our fault as players.”
That made Huff furious, and his fury hasn’t ceased. Last week Huff said he wants Brees to shut up, and this week Huff sent his latest anti-Brees diatribe to the Washington Post, which has published it in full.
Huff boasts in his essay that he’s a Hall of Famer at the high school, college and professional level, that he was “the only NFL player to be on the cover of Time Magazine,” that he had a documentary (The Violent World of Sam Huff) made about him, and even that he and his Giants teammates are the reason the word “defense” is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable.
According to Huff, those credentials from his playing days are what give him the authority to say that Brees was dead wrong in his comments in 2009.
“I know about the players of the 50’s and 60’s, and they gave everything imaginable to make the game what it is today,” Huff said. “Some of those players need help from the NFLPA. They deserve it, and Drew Brees needs better credentials before he makes such derogatory statements about those players.”
Huff is one of the all-time great linebackers, but it’s absurd for him to suggest that Brees somehow lacks the credentials to opine on the subject of what the active players should do to help the retired players. Brees is a Super Bowl MVP-winning quarterback who has proven himself to be one of the most thoughtful, articulate players in the league off the field. Brees, as one of the most active members of the players’ side in the ongoing labor dispute, has not just the right but the responsibility to express his thoughts on benefits for retired players.
Furthermore, Brees’s attitude isn’t as cold-hearted as Huff is suggesting. Brees has said many times that he believes the active players should consider the needs of the retired players. Brees even said that in the very same interview in which he made the comments that so infuriated Huff.
“They shaped the game for us,” Brees said in that interview. “Because of those guys, we have an opportunity to play this game, to make the money that we make, to get the benefits we get. We will always, always, always reach back to give to those guys. But there’s a way to do it.”
But Huff can’t seem to see through his rage at the other comments Brees made.
“I was always taught that if a person could not say something good about someone, anyone subject to attention, they should keep their mouth shut,” Huff writes. “I have a struggle living up to that standard; especially when it comes to Drew Brees.”