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Andy Sullivan's Against the Grain: Coming Back Stronger

Drew Brees is the superstar quarterback for Superbowl XLIV.  However, he is much more.  I recently read his book, Coming Back Stronger, on my Kindle Fire I received for Christmas.  While reading the book, which I couldn’t put down, I realized Drew Brees is much more than a superstar quarterback.

Born January 15, 1979 (just a few months before me) Brees was always athletic.  His whole family played (yes, even their mother). Football became the sport of choice for Drew, after much consideration. Brees played his college ball at Purdue. He finished his collegiate career with 1,003 pass completions, 1639 attempts, 11,517 yards, and 88 passing touchdowns.  He finished with 249 rush attempts, 925 yards, 3.7 average and 14 touchdowns. He finished 4th in ’99 Heisman voting, 3rd in 2000.

He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2nd round of the 2001 NFL Draft.  After a rough four years, the Saints signed Brees in 2005.  The 2009 playoffs were where Brees and the Saints hit pay dirt.  They took down Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings to reach the Superbowl, where they would play the Colts. They rushed out to a 10-0 lead and went onto win the championship.

However, Drew Brees is much more than a football player.  He and his wife Brittany founded the BreesDream Foundation.  Their mission statement is: Advancing research in the fight against cancer and providing care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.  Personally, Drew and Brittany are expecting again.  Brees took to twitter where he wrote, “Thanks for the well wishes to Brittany and baby #3.  She is 2 and a half months.  Bowen wants a little bro. Braylen a little sis."

In closing, I will share a few of my favorite quotes from Coming Back Stronger, which I strongly recommend.  1) Win the day.  This basically means to take things one day at a time.  2) Experience is what you gain when you don’t get what you want.  I think we an all benefit from both of those.  I know I can!

Hello, my name is Andy Sullivan. I received my bachelor’s degree in business from Mid-Continent University in May 2009. I began writing for Beech Tree News in July 2009. I enjoy playing guitar, the occasional Wii game, writing, and listening to music. I write a sports blog that can be found at If you have a comment, feel free to leave it in the space below.

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