Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees
After the years of struggle the city of New Orleans has been through since Hurricane Katrina, Drew says he knew America was on the Saints' side. "I feel like the energy of the country was with us," he says. "Regardless of whether you were a Saints fan before that, I think everyone was able to relate with everything that our city has been through over the last four years and what our team means to the city and what a win would do for them. I am so glad we were able to give them that championship, because they deserve it."
Once the game got under way, Drew said he was able to tell himself it was just a game like any other. "Now that it's over and you're able to reflect, you just understand how important that was," he says. "What I was trying to reflect upon when I stood on the trophy stand with my son was just that journey and everything that we had gone through as a team, as a city, in order to get to that moment right there, and I really just tried to enjoy that moment."
After the game, Drew says he heard from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. "He's a very classy guy and a very good football player, so I appreciated that."
In 2005, Drew injured his shoulder, and some critics said his throw wasn't what it needed to be for him to come back to the game and succeed, but he showed them. "Every person in our position has at some point down the road, somebody's told you you can't do it, for whatever reason—you're not talented enough or whatever," he says. "Sure, you use that for motivation, but for me it's really about the people that did believe in me and gave me confidence to accomplish what we've been able to accomplish. Those are the people that I play for. ... I just want to make them proud."
Brittany said Drew was amazing at handling the pressure of the big game. "I think that's probably when he succeeds and does his best is when he can compartmentalize and really focus," she says. "He just throws himself into studying film or game planning and doing what he needs to do."
Drew and Brittany say they didn't get to bed till about 3:30 a.m. on the night of the Super Bowl. When he was finally able to lie down, Drew says the first thing he said to Brittany was, "Did that really happen?"
Brittany says it was surreal for her too. "Standing there, you see it and see the confetti and you see everything happening, but you just don't think it's real,'" she says.
Now that the game is behind them, Drew and Brittany say they are going to take a little downtime. "Our anniversary was actually the day after the Super Bowl," Drew says. "What we're going to do is just have some good family time and maybe have about a two-week-long Valentine's Day/anniversary celebration with Baylen."