Brees Could Have Future in Politics

July 2, 2010 – 6:00 am by Eric Schmoldt

NFL Offensive Player of the Year … MVP of Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints … Cover of Madden NFL ’11 … President of the United States?

OK, maybe we’re getting a little bit ahead of ourselves, but the Saints quarterback Drew Brees at least isn’t ruling it out.

Brees has become an icon in the city of New Orleans not only for his play on the football field, but for his philanthropic ideals off of it. He’s known to many in the area as Breesus, partly for his efforts in helping it rebound from Hurricane Katrina. Now he’s speaking out against the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Perhaps the presidency is shooting a bit high, but if Brees wants a job in politics when his career is over, it’s hard to believe the people of Louisiana wouldn’t help him attain it.

Drew Brees joined XX Sports Radio in SD with Scott and BR to discuss his Super Bowl ring, the effects of the BP oil spill and a potential future in politics.

On the latest news regarding the team and the BP oil spill:

“It’s ridiculous. Every time you see a picture of the underwater camera and the oil that is coming out, it is just swelling out of this thing. It’s almost worse [than at first] because now it’s in color. It’s a high-definition oil spill. It’s like 2.5 million gallons a day. They don’t even know. I don’t even see how they can measure that, but it looks like Niagara Falls under water. I’ve heard so many things. The fact of the matter is it’s not stopped, so we still have millions of gallons of oil spilling into the gulf. We’ve seen first-hand who it’s affecting. When you talk about everybody who’s involved in the gulf coast in the fishing industry, the crabbing industry, shrimping, the oyster beds, tourism. This is the time of year when everybody from the North and the Midwest is going down to the Gulf Coast. … Nobody’s going down there anymore. … There’s going to be some long-term effects.”

On whether he has a direct line to President Obama:

“It seems like, and I’m not saying it’s President Obama, but it just seems like this whole thing has been so political, in regards to who’s fault it is and who are we going to blame? The fact of the matter is, we want to see results. Get the dang things stopped and get help to people down there that need it and allow some of these local governments to do what they need to do to protect citizens.”

On being a leader off the field:

“I made the statement, ‘Listen, if I could swim down there and stick my fist in the pipe, I would. But I can’t. So what can I do? I think the biggest thing I can do is just raise awareness for what’s happening.”

On whether he sees himself as a broadcaster or politician when his career is over:

“Would you guys vote for me? I’m not closing the door on anything. I’d be unlike most politicians because I have a hard time lying. I would tell the truth all the time. I don’t know if people would like that. That’s not really the norm.”

Listen to Drew Brees’ interview on XX Sports in San Diego here

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