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A Tale Of Two Quarterbacks

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Whether you will be cheering for Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints or Peyton Manning and his Indianapolis Colts on Super Sunday, you will be cheering for a winner.l

Although Brees has yet to have a Super Bowl victory in his long column of successes, this Dallas native has a very impressive resume. He has been selected to the Pro Bowl on four different occasions and has been named NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year (2004). Most recently he was named as offensive players of the year (2008). Since signing a 6 year, 60 million dollar contract with the New Orleans Saints Organization in 2006, Brees has been a work horse for them. In 2008 he received the distinction of becoming one of only two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw over 5,000 yards in a season. Pretty heady stuff to be sure. Due to his significant charitable service he is a much loved and respected professional athlete.

On the other side of the gridiron will be another larger than life sports icon in Peyton Manning. Manning’s career statistics are at least as impressive as are Brees’ besides already having a Super Bowl win under his belt. One of his most recent distinctions was being named by Fox Sports as Player of the Decade. He is widely considered to be the NFL’s most marketable player having appeared on numerous television commercials and programs. He and his wife created the Peyback Foundation whose mission it is to serve disadvantaged youth.

The irony of this tale is that it is Manning, not Brees is the native son of New Orleans and yet both have been such forces for good for this city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Each of these men has spent considerable time, effort and funds in their charitable work.

It is likely that a good many of the New Orleans fans who will be watching the game tomorrow will be a bit conflicted on which hero they should be cheering for. Either way, they can’t go wrong.