Ahead of his second consecutive Super Bowl appearance, with the Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Native and former LSU standout, Tyrann Mathieu spoke to the media about growing up in New Orleans and the legacy of Saints QB Drew Brees.
“I think he is going to go down as one of those rare legends... He brought a different attitude and a different spirit to the city.”
Chiefs DB Tyrann Mathieu on Drew Brees
Mathieu, who was 14 when Drew Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints, recalls watching games at home and “standing in front of the TV and in our minds [the city of New Orleans] as long as we had Drew Brees we had a chance to win the game.”
His press conference was not the first time since the Saints Divisional Round playoff exit that the superstar defensive back has sung high praise for New Orleans' adopted son.
Mathieu tweeted a few hours after what many believed to be Brees' final NFL game with a heartfelt message.
“[Brees] meant everything to us in that city,” Mathieu said. “At many times [the Saints were] our only hope, you know to smile & feel good, to live in a winning reality.... that man gave us all life”. The LSU star going even as far as to say “none of us are perfect, but he [Brees] was close.”
“The Honeybadger” concluded his thoughts on Brees during the NFL's virtual Super Bowl LV Media Day reminiscing on what the Saints' Super Bowl XLIV championship meant to the city that was just 4 years removed from Hurricane Katrina.
“When he brought that championship back home to New Orleans... I think that it did not just do a lot for him and the Saints' organization but I think that everything that the city had been through... we finally had reason to celebrate.” Tyrann Mathieu
Tyrann Mathieu and the Kansas City Chiefs will battle Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in Super Bowl LV. The Buccaneers look to become the first team in NFL history to win the NFL title game on their home field. On the other side, a Chiefs victory would make them the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles since the 2004 New England Patriots.
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