Dear Drew Brees … With Love, From Louisiana

Like many of you, I’m a Louisiana transplant. I’ve lived in Lafayette since 2014, almost 7 years! I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a Louisianan and I couldn’t be more proud of MY state.

Drew, you are always going to be remembered for your exemplary efforts to lead our state in unity during every single football game. Even the bittersweet games like the one we just watched!

But, you won’t just be remembered for throwing a football.

You will be remembered for the awe-inspiring speeches you give before the games too.

In, what could have been your last, you said …

“Only a warrior can withstand the path that has taken to get to this point, the struggle, the adversity. Warriors don’t make excuses, warriors don’t have complaints. Warriors’ lives are filled with endless challenges. Either that’s the life you choose or it choose you! One way or the other, that’s who you are, that’s what you are, that’s WHO we are.”

Louisianans are warriors! We are strong, we are resilient, and you can never knock us down for long. Who dat!

You will be also be remembered for being a pillar in times of crisis and despair.

Despite what we’ve been through, we always find a way to help each other and lift each other up. The Saints, as a whole, and you and your beautiful family have given back to our community through amazing organizations like my place of work, Second Harvest Food Bank. The Brees Dream Foundation is truly astonishing, thank you so much for your support!

And finally, Mamas everywhere will remember the amazing man their babies have looked up to for years.

And that is probably the best thing about you. You are an absolutely remarkable man and I am proud that my 12 year old stepson admires you. I love that my 4 year old wants to be “just like Drew Brees” and wants to sleep in his Saints shirt after watching the whole game. All we can say is THANK YOU.

toddler sleeping in his Saints shirt

So, if this was indeed your last game, and you and your family decide to move to Timbuktu, just know that Louisiana will always be your home. You will always be welcomed with open arms and someone, somewhere will have a pot of gumbo hot and ready for you. 

With Love,

All of Louisiana

Marissa Winters
Marissa has lived in Lafayette since 2014 and quickly fell in love with Louisiana culture, community spirit and the amazing food!! Marissa is the Director of Healthy Acadiana at the United Way of Acadiana and loves to be the helper. Marissa has a 5 year old named Jackson and absolutely loves being his Mama. Follow along with them as they navigate the waters of school, co-parenting, and so much more.


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