September 15, 2010

Coming Back Stronger

In 1993, he wanted to play quarterback for Westlake High School in Austin Texas, but he was only a freshman on the freshman B team behind three other candidates. As a Sophomore he was the number four candidate for quarterback on the JV squad, with his prospects for making the starting team no brighter than they were the previous year. That’s when he decided to talk to his mother about quitting.

His mother, also an athlete and a competitor, told him if he quit, it could be something he would regret the rest of his life. Accepting her advice, he decided to stay with the team a little longer.

The following week, one of the quarterbacks switched to defense, and another decided to concentrate on baseball. Then in the last scrimmage before the regular JV season began, the first string quarterback was hurt with an injury that would keep him out for the year. Number four was suddenly the starting JV quarterback, and he led his team to a 10 and 0 record.

During the next two years, he led the varsity football team to a 28-0-1 record, and in 1996, he was chosen Texas 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year.

From high school, he went on to Purdue where he was an Academic All American and was nominated for a Heisman trophy. After graduation, he played in the NFL, first for San Diego, then New Orleans. Last year, Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to victory in the Super Bowl where he was voted the Most Valuable Player.

Drew Brees is a man of God whose career in football was often interrupted by serious injuries, but he never lost his faith, and he always trusted in the Lord.

Drew Brees’s book, Coming Back Stronger, is the ultimate comeback story. His inspiring message of hope and encouragement demonstrates how faith, determination and courage can not only overcome obstacles and handicaps, but ultimately, make you stronger.