Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are smack in the middle of a major playoff race with the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. After starting the season 0-2, the Saints ripped off eight straight and currently sit atop the NFC South division with a 9-4 record. They hold the tie breaker over the Panthers, also 9-4, due to sweeping the season series. The Falcons are one game back, won the first matchup between the two and are set to clash again in Week 16.
This is not the typical season for Brees and the Saints. The normally high flying offense that relied heavily on Brees’ arm has been grinding games out with a stout running game and a revamped defense behind the play of some spectacular rookies.
That’s not to say Brees can’t still sling it. He proved as much in the amazing comeback 34-31 victory over the Washington Redskins. The Saints are a popular pick to come out of the NFC given they have shown to be one of the more complete teams in the league. They have the No. 1 offense and No. 15 defense in terms of yards per game, and are No. 3 in points scored and No. 11 in points allowed. It’s a team no one is going to want to face come playoff time.
Even with all this playoff race stuff heating up, Brees and his wife, Brittany, found time to help open an incredible park for special needs kids in New Orleans.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and wife Brittany on Tuesday unveiled a new playground at Audubon Park that offers inclusive recreational opportunities for children and adults of all abilities.
Located at the front of the park near St. Charles Avenue, the new Walnut Street Playground provides wheelchair-accessible equipment and promotes interactive physical, cognitive, visual and hearing experiences.
The plaque is dedicated to the Brees’ four children as well as the children of New Orleans.
“Brittany and I are honored to bring this playground to Audubon Park,” Drew Brees said. “As the first fully inclusive playground of its kind in New Orleans, we wanted to create an experience where people of all ages and abilities can play side by side. We hope families will enjoy this play environment for years to come.”
The president of Audubon Nature Institute offered kind words that complimented the Brees’ for the way they have embraced New Orleans from the moment they set foot there.
From WGNO ABC’s website:
“We offer our heartfelt thanks to Drew Brees and his family for helping bring this visionary playground experience to Audubon Park,’’ said Ron Forman, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute.
“After coming to New Orleans in the dark days after Hurricane Katrina, Drew and Brittany embraced our community, raised their family here and made it their home. Drew Brees has shown time and again that he is much more than the leader of our beloved Saints. With the Brees family’s commitment to this project and the accessibility and inclusivity it brings to Audubon Park, Drew has proven it once again.’’
Drew Brees is about as classy as it gets.