This was arguably the biggest individual moment of Drew Brees’ career. Everyone was focused on celebrating him and his accomplishment. And yet, in that moment, what did Drew Brees, the father, make the decision to do? He decided to teach. “You can accomplish anything in life,” he said as he hugged his boys, “if you’re willing to work for it.” He had the chance – and probably the right – in that moment to make it all about himself. Instead, he recognized that that moment was a perfect opportunity to connect some important dots for his boys. To clarify for them a meaningful lesson he’s learned in his life. To further instill in them the mindset of a champion.
When a reporter asked Brees after the game if he remembers what he told his kids after breaking the record, he said, “Probably what I tell them every night before they go to bed. You can accomplish anything in life if you’re willing to work for it. Nothing is given. Everything is earned.”
I have no idea who Drew Brees’ kids will grow up to be. I doubt Drew Brees knows for sure, either. But I would wager to say that because of the intentional priority he’s made it, they will always hear the powerful echo of their father’s voice. Repeatedly delivering this message of success and hope and life – and then living it out for his kids to see – will influence them forever. It seems this dad recognizes the great responsibility and the great opportunity he has to shape the way his kids see the world and the challenges they’ll inevitably face. Drew Brees has been overlooked and underestimated most of his football life. No one would have predicted that he would hold one (and soon, more) of the NFL’s most prestigious records when he came into the league. He’s living proof that you can indeed accomplish anything in life if you’re willing to work for it. What success is possible out there for the kid who’s come to this same important realization? Drew Brees, the champion father, seems determined to find out.