Linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s return to the field Sunday was an emotional boost for his teammates and Saints fans, and safety Malcolm Jenkins’ herculean effort to stop Vincent Jackson’s gimme touchdown at the 1.5-yard line added fuel to the fire (so much so that some are calling it the turnaround play of the season), but it was quarterback Drew Brees’ stellar performance that lifted the team to a 35-28 victory over Tampa Bay. Three days before the game, Forbes analyzed what the hard-working QB means not only for his struggling team this year, but also for the still-recovering New Orleans community.
The Forbes story explores Brees’ ongoing effort to help his adopted city’s recovery, most recently with his new clothing line. The magazine notes that the line, called Nine Brand, launched Sept. 9, coincidentally the day the Saints kicked off the 2012 season, with a limited edition T-shirt called “All In” as its first product. On the shirt is a fleur de lis with the words from a poem Brees wrote on a sleepless night to commemorate the resilience of the city.
New Orleans Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees, has played a major role in taking his team out of a perpetual “’Aints” status when he led them to Super Bowl victory in 2010. And, his story has been one of resilience and revival, much like that of his adopted city. After a potentially career-ending injury exiled him to join the once doomed franchise in New Orleans, the community immediately embraced him, regardless of his underdog status. Subsequently, he embraced back.
Now, Brees is one of the highest paid and most sought after football players in the league. In addition, the Super Bowl MVP holds enough records to guarantee the success of his continued career, has enough endorsement deals to support his family for the long term, and is also the owner of two Jimmy John’s franchise locations. However, with the launch of his new lifestyle apparel line just last month, you might be asking yourself why a seemingly financially stable football player is turning to entrepreneurship now.
On the field, Brees is leading his team. He is the key decision maker and influences every play, while encouraging his team to work towards a common goal. Off the field, he is honing those skills as an entrepreneur, and accredits his love of New Orleans for that motivation. Incorporating elements that are representative of the city, Drew and his wife, Brittany, founded Nine Brand based on the idea that it would be an investment for the community, not just another way to earn a buck.
Nice job, Brees, but Denver and a 3-4 record, await you. Read the full story here.
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NOV 26 Zach Kopplin, who we came to know and love when he was a Louisiana high school student lobbying for the continued inclusion of science stuff in science class, pens this post in The Atlantic about a "textbook" available for social studies instruction in Texas that discusses how Moses contributed to the Constitution. (Oy! Texas rednecks love Jews. Who knew?)
NOV 26 Finally, mad people on the interwebz is a good thing! World wide webby outrage has caused the village of Moreauville to reverse its plan to confiscate pit bulls and Rottweillers and euthanize them simply because of their breed, WAFB reports here. The plan? They're going to enforce the leash law. Well, that would have been a good place to start.
NOV 26 Jim Brown, like many of us Louisiana voters, seems fed up with out of town know-it-alls trying to tell us what to do. Bill Cassidy can't make it through the day without flying someone in to "tell us political retards" how to vote, he says.
NOV 26 Blogger Tom Aswell is writing about the behavior of the two finalists in the 6th Congressional District race: Edwin Edwards and Garret Graves. Edwards has come out swinging, but Graves' campaign seems bent on snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Tom says.
NOV 26 Unless you're in Virigina, you shouldn't count on seeing our Governor on Election Day. Mark Ballard writes in the Advocate's political blog that Bobby will be appearing at a GOP love fest of some kind there, instead of spending the day here.
NOV 26 This post on The Lens takes a look at the ongoing dispute in New Orleans over the banners about the upcoming tax election for the school system. The banners are hanging on schools, and some feel they are promotional, which is not allowed, instead of educational - which is allowed.
NOV 26 Not all college students are focused on football games and parties at this time of year. This post on DIG Baton Rouge recounts an LSU student group that tries to make sure that those who are hungry and homeless are not forgotten by those of us who aren't.
NOV 25 Edwin Edwards took off the gloves on Monday, this post on WAFB tells us. At a Press Club appearance, he wondered how his 6th Congressional District opponent, Garret Graves, could be an expert in all the areas in which he claims to be - when he has no college degree in anything. (Five years - FIVE YEARS - in college, but no degree. Huh?)
NOV 25 Blogger Mike Deshotels offers this primer on predatory charter schools and how they operate, specifically in Louisiana. They're not just profiting from our tax dollars, they're using children and shortchanging them to do so, Deshotels says.
NOV 25 Here's a link to the petition that has been created to save Zeus, a family dog who is targeted for death by the learned fathers of the Avoyelles Parish village of Moreauville. They passed an ordinance based on nothing that outlaws pit bulls and Rotweillers. As of Tuesday morning, the petition had more than 230,000 signatures - a number that's a wee bit higher than the village population of 929.
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