Drew Brees was born on January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas. Although Brees is not the biggest or most athletic quarterback in the NFL, he is surely one of the best. Since his early days he has been forced to prove that hard work and determination can outshine things such as athleticism and size. And one thing is for sure; Brees has been doing this successfully for quite some time.
Brees played his high school ball in Austin, Texas at Westlake High School. During his senior season Brees led his team to a 5A Division II State Championship. They finished the season undefeated; the only time that the school has ever accomplished this feat.
Although he was recruited heavily out of high school, Brees decided to play his college ball at Purdue University. When everything was said and done he had set many records at both Purdue, as well as the Big Ten Conference. These records include most passing yards in a career with 11,792, completions with 1,026, and touchdowns with 90. And those are just the major records. Brees also won many awards during his time at Purdue, and led the team to several bowl games including the Rose Bowl in 2001.
In the 2001 NFL Draft Brees was not chosen until the 32nd overall pick by the San Diego Chargers. Teams were worried that he may be a bit small to play quarterback in the league as he is only 6 foot tall.
Brees did not have the chance to play much his rookie season, but this changed in year two. During this season he passed for more than 3,000 yards and 17 touchdowns. In 2003 his numbers fell off quite a bit, but ever since then they have been back on the rise. He posted his best season ever in 2006 with the New Orleans Saints. During this year Brees ended with 4,418 yards on 554 completions. This was in addition to 26 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions.
Why should we be surprised that it’s ‘Week 4′ in the NFL and already there are quarterback issues throughout the league? The Arizona Cardinals are running out of excuses and in an attempt to right the ship they have decided to bench veteran Kurt Warner and replace him with hotshot USC QB Matt Leinart.
The 35-year-old quarterback was intercepted three times: Once, with the team at the Rams 1-yard line and another at the St. Louis 14. To cap it off, Warner fumbled a snap at the Rams 18 with 1:46 to play as Arizona was positioning itself for a winning field goal.
ESPN.com reported on Monday night that the Cardinals were expected to start Leinart against the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday, citing team sources the Web site did not identify. Warner’s turnovers are what changed Green’s mind about starting his first-round draft pick, according to the report.
Now that the Cardinals have a spanking new stadium in Glendale, coach Denny Green is feeling the heat and is looking at an untested rookie who was late arriving to camp. Leinart did have a splendid preseason, but that was against passive defenses.
This Sunday he heads to Atlanta, Georgia to face a disgusted Atlanta team, who was raped and pillaged in front of the entire nation on Monday night in New Orleans. Coach Jim Mora Jr. spent many years in New Orleans as his dad is the most successful coach in the history of the Saints. Running back Warrick Dunn is a native of Louisiana and is beside himself after he and his teammates allowed Saints’ defenders to tee off on Michael Vick.
Back to Warner who finds himself in this precarious position for the third time in his career. After leading St. Louis to two Super Bowls in three seasons, he lost his job to Marc Bulger, and then signed with the New York Giants in 2004. He was the Giants’ starter for nine games, but was benched in favor of rookie Eli Manning.
Leinart is without doubt Arizona’s franchise quarterback of the future after the team took him with the No. 10 pick overall in April. The plan this season was for Leinart to watch and learn from the sidelines, but Green is an impatient coach who has not hesitated to switch quarterbacks in his uphill fight to bring a winner to Arizona. Green praised Leinart’s poise and performance in the preseason.
With a 12-23 record in two-plus seasons with the Cardinals, Green admits he has wondered at times whether he can turn around the long-suffering franchise.
I’m not convinced that Leinart is going to make it in the NFL, but regardless, why not let Warner play on the road in the raucous Georgia Dome and then start Leinart at home against Kansas City.
Trying to be heard on the road in a dome is next to impossible and at 1-2 this is no time to hit the panic button.
Whether you like to party or you love history, you will find an attraction you like in Louisiana. One destination you can’t pass up when you go to Louisiana is New Orleans, especially if you are traveling during Mardi Gras when you can experience the excitement of the parades, parties and live music. New Orleans has a variety of events that are worth exploring. In Lafayette you can visit different swamps and take a unique swamp tour or have a unique fishing experience. The capital at Baton Rouge offers a variety of museums and historical sights. For gaming options there is Shreveport and Bossier City in the northern part of Louisiana. No matter where you go in Louisiana you are bound to find a historic plantation and most of them have public tours available to travelers.
New Orleans is most known for their blend of history and culture that you can experience through a variety of events, restaurants and cultural events. There is plenty to do in New Orleans including visiting a live theater, shopping in a unique gallery or boutiques and visiting one of the many festivals. Thousands of visitors come to New Orleans each year for Mardi Gras which has large parades, street parties and costume balls. You can’t visit New Orleans without touring the French Quarter which is the best cultural center of the city. There are a number of live music clubs with everything from jazz to country available in this part of the city along with a variety of restaurants from Cajun, Creole, Southern and French cuisine. You can even opt to take a guided tour that will show you the area’s culture and historic sites.
The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge. This is a very culturally diverse city to visit that is very popular with tourists. A number of festivals can always be found along the riverfront entertainment district along with the cities port which is one of the largest in the United States. You can choose to tour the Louisiana State University and Southern University. The area around the city has several plantations that you can visit and tour with the two most popular being the Magnolia Mound Plantation and Mt. Hope Plantation.
Staying in Louisiana almost always means finding a bed and breakfast to stay at. The Louisiana Bed and Breakfast Association at http://www.louisianabandb.com is an excellent way to look at all your options and find the best one for your traveling needs. One new option is the L’Auberge du Lac which is a 750 room casino and gaming resort. A new Hilton was built at the former Capitol House Hotel in Baton Rouge in 2006 which now has a fitness center, pool and salons. Some of the rooms at this hotel come with beautiful views of the Mississippi River.
A crowd swamped the area around the Superdome forming a huge human sea, creating a horrible traffic jam, but everyone wanted to be there for their team’s return. It meant so much more than a football game, it meant hope had come back, it meant that they were back to being a normal city, it was a ray of light in a year filled with disaster and disappointment, they just needed something else to think about.
In a very loud return to their brand new rebuilt stadium, the Saints gave the Big Easy something to cheer about. That day they were just an undefeated football team that made it look like it was a peace of cake to with a 23-3 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night. But even with its shiny new cover, in the bottom of many hearts the New Orleans Saints Superdome remained a symbol of Katrina’s misery.
Just 90 seconds into the game that the New Orleans Saints flopped on a ball in the end zone and from then on the party was on. The defense beat up Michael Vick. Tom Benson danced off the field with his parasol. And even “The Superdome Special” worked to perfection. It included a Super Bowl-like pregame show that included a performance by groups U2 and Green Day. The Falcons’ first drive went three-and-out, and special teams demon Steve Gleason sliced through the middle of the Atlanta line to smother Michael Koenen’s punt. There was no doubt the Saints are back.
They struggled to take away the memories of tens of thousands of storm victims that suffered there in an unbearable heat; after last summer’s hurricane filled the city with floodwaters. The secret was not to talk about Katrina, not to talk about insurance, just talking about beating the Atlanta Falcons with a pack of beers and your neighbors.
New Orleans fans celebrate the Saints’ first ever Super Bowl victory. http://prensainfomativa.blogspot.com/
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VIKINGS HERE WE COME – http://www.facebook.com/highschoolstudio – If you enjoyed the music, listen to it FREE on http://www.MichaelLiuzza.com – Saints HOST their FIRST EVER NFC Championship game in New Orleans. All video content is property of the NFL and is intended for entertainment purposes only. Thank you to Coach Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Jeremy Shockey, Thomas Morstead, Marques Colston, Courtney Roby, Robert Meachem, Lance Moore, Devry Henderson, Randall Gay, Mike Bell, Tracy Porter, Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, Malcolm Jenkins, Jabari Grer, Mike McKenzie, Roman Harper, Darren Sharper, Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Zach Strief, Jon Stinchcomb, Will Smith, Charles Grant…the list goes on. This is a TRUE TEAM. I am proud to be a Who Dat Man.
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Bourbon Street, preforming at Fat Fish Blues in Perrysburg, OH. Just a few clips from some of the many songs that Bourbon Street plays. Filmed from a flip cam.
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Mr. Keith Rhodes is on a mission to support the efforts of law enforcement and the community to control gang activity in the city of New Orleans. His background as a criminal investigator and trainer of police around the country and in a number of foreign countries will be brought to bear on the violent and intimidating gang activity in Southern Louisiana. During this time of clean up in the city of New Orleans, cleaning up criminal activity among our young people is paramount in its restoration to one of the greatest tourist attractions in the world.
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People living in New Orleans City Council District B come together to talk about the future of their neighborhood — but it’s the same issue that keeps tearing them apart.
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Chef Emeril Lagasse and The Idea Village CEO Tim Williamson on entrepreneurial ventures in New Orleans.
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