For as amazing as New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been throughout his career, one of the only awards he doesn’t have is the Heisman Trophy. He was a finalist twice during his playing days with the Purdue Boilermakers, but never won college football’s most prestigious honor. That doesn’t stop him from acknowledging those who do, though.
After LSU quarterback Joe Burrow took home the Heisman in record fashion on Saturday night in New York City, and after his emotional acceptance speech, Brees was quick to congratulate him and provide an inspiring message on social media.
Brees is undoubtedly one of the best players and people in the NFL, and this is more proof.
Drew Brees Congratulates Joe Burrow
Brees has been with the Saints since 2006. He knows exactly what this Heisman trophy means to the state of Louisiana, especially for LSU football and the Baton Rouge community.
“Hey, Joe, what’s up, man? [It’s] Drew Brees [of the] New Orleans Saints. Man, I just want to tell you congratulations on winning the Heisman. So well deserved. Such a phenomenal season. It was so much fun to watch. So congrats, man. You deserve it and enjoy it.
“But I know there’s still more work to be done. You guys have a great opportunity ahead of you. Stay focused, keep your mind right, keep your team together. Man, I know you deserve it, your team deserves it, Tiger Nation deserves it, south Louisiana deserves it, man. Go take it one at a time. Let’s go get it done.”
The LSU Tigers still have a lot to play for. After winning the SEC Championship, LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s team is getting ready for the College Football Playoff semifinal against the Oklahoma Sooners at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
Burrow, an Athens, Ohio native and Ohio State transfer, set a Southeastern Conference record with 48 touchdown passes and has a chance to break the NCAA record for completion percentage this postseason. It’s the reason he was the Heisman winner, and there were more football stars than to congratulate him.
Joe Burrow isn’t the first LSU player to win the Heisman (Billy Cannon), and he might not be the last in school history, but he’s now part of one of the most elite fraternities there is.
OU’s Jalen Hurts and Buckeyes teammates Chase Young and Justin Fields were deserving of the honor. Joe Burrow was simply better.