New Orleans Saints player Drew Brees has been a tier-one quarterback for over a decade alongside Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. His name is always in the discussion as one of the best quarterbacks in the game and he currently has the all-time passing yards record to boot.
Brees was selected as the first overall pick in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft but it wasn’t until he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2006 where he really started to shine.
And Drew Brees recently gave an awe-inspiring speech that would make screenwriters jealous.
You know that scene. It’s the scene in every sports movie where the coach or the protagonist gives a speech that inspires the underdog team to go out and beat the juggernaut they’re up against.
Movies like “Hoosiers,” “Remember the Titans,” “Miracle,” “Friday Night Lights” and “We Are Marshall,” all have speeches that turn everything around for them. The screenwriters craft the speeches for the actor to deliver.
They all have the same motivating sensational sentiments like “Leave it all out there,” “Look how far we’ve come” and “Nobody thought we’d make it this far.” And although many screenwriters are great at their job, none of them could have possibly written what came out of Drew Brees’ mouth recently.
Drew Brees left quite a legacy at Purdue University from 1997-2000 where he would rack up over 11,000 passing yards, 90 touchdowns while only throwing 45 interceptions.
Throughout his college days, Brees set two NCAA records, 13 conference records and 19 Purdue football records. He was voted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009 and was also voted the Big Ten’s best quarterback of the decade for the 1990s.
And he paid a visit to his alma mater before a big game before the Purdue Boilermakers took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. At first he expresses his love for the university but then he encourages them to look at “today” as a “defining moment.”
But then he addressed them by their positions instilling in them what their state of mind should be. At one point he tells them everybody needs to play with “energy, emotion and excitement.”
Finally he talks about how his long career has created a lot of brotherhood between he and his teammates.
You can watch the whole speech here:
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 2, 2019
And his speech worked.
That Purdue football team marched onto the field to take on a team, where by all accounts is supposed to be better than them, and won.
This is what Brees was talking about with “defining moments.”
In the final minutes, the Boilermakers marched down the field and David Bell rushed in from nine yards out on the game-winning drive to put Purdue up 31-27. It was like something out of a movie.