Brees happy to take a lead role for players
Saying ”this fight was brought to us,” New Orleans Saints
quarterback Drew Brees felt it was the right thing to do to put his
name on an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL.
”I understand the sacrifices that guys made before me, veteran
players, retired players, former players. and I feel that it is my
responsibility to represent not only those guys, not only current
players, but future players and the future of this league,” Brees
”I can’t tell you how many guys have come up to me and say how
much they appreciate having a quarterback, having a guy like me, to
stand up for them and represent them. That means so much to me
because I’m not doing it for any other reason other than I feel
like it’s right, I feel like it’s fair, and I feel like I’ve been
charged with that responsibility. And I’m fine with that.”
Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and six other current NFL players
joined Brees in filing an antitrust suit in federal court in
Minneapolis. NFL owners responded by locking out the players,
putting the 2011 season in jeopardy.
Brees made his comments at a news conference promoting a
celebrity golf tournament. Proceeds will go to the Brees Dream
Foundation and be distributed to several local charities.
Brees played with the San Diego Chargers from 2001 until 2005,
when he was allowed to leave as a free agent. He led the Saints to
a Super Bowl victory in February 2010.
He doesn’t plan to be in court on April 6 for a scheduled
hearing on the players’ request for a preliminary injunction to
block the lockout.
Brees said that injunction is necessary ”so we can get back
into our facilities and start working out and start playing
football, because that’s all we want as players. We just want to
play football. This fight was brought to us, so we’re in a position
where we’re just trying to get back on the field as quickly as
In the meantime, he has plenty of time for pursuits such as
golf. For the second straight year, he’s the host of the Cox
Celebrity Championship, which will be played in May.
He also said he’s optimistic the fight with the owners will get
”I absolutely believe that there is a settlement that can be
reached and that settlement discussions will take place here over
the next few months,” Brees said. ”And when I say settlement
discussions, I’m talking about settlement discussions as part of
this class-action lawsuit, antitrust lawsuit that we have as
players against the NFL for acting as a monopoly and restricting
free trade and our ability to get back on the field and play.”