Although fans have firmly decided that they don’t want to listen to Drew Brees’ watching football on television there are still many people still wearing the number 9 shirt of the New Orleans Saints who want to know what he thought when watching football over the weekend.
Some athletes aren’t built for a 150-second total to talk during halftime or to help guide viewers through a game during the three-hour live broadcast. One of the pluses of social media is that game broadcasts and studio shows aren’t the only ways for athletes to communicate with fans their opinions about the sport. in which they are experts.
So Brees sat in front of his television on Saturday to watch a game that was rattled by social media:, Alabama at Texas. Tide was a 21-point favorite on its way against the unranked Longhorns, and the game turned out to be one of the best of the weekend. Alabama won thanks to a superb final hit led by Bryce Young, capped by a decisive goal in the game.
However, Texas’ offensive position was thwarted early in the first half. Longhorn QB Quinn Ewers – the number 1 football player in general in 2021 – suffered a fatal blow and had to leave the game after suffering a shoulder injury that could not be thrown. Brees must have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on Friday night, as he thought the injury was just a matter of playing through the pain.
That’s right. Take some high-strength pain killing medication at 19 years old, wrap up the unnecessary shoulder that’s just there to make you look better in pads, and get back out there. Young buck, you’ve got a chance to beat ‘Bama.
I don’t doubt that’s the way Brees would’ve approached the situation if he suffered an AC joint separation in his non-throwing shoulder in a 2000 game against Michigan while he was at Purdue. But that’s not the behavior we’re supposed to be encouraging these days. Especially as Texas has its own television network (via ESPN), is about to receive some large direct deposits when it moves to the SEC, and Ewers isn’t going to see a dime. Also, ask Baker Mayfield how playing through the injury worked out for him with the Cleveland Browns last season.
First, however, direct any questions you have about Ewers to the Texas medical staff because they have some valuable information. Ewers’ injury is not in his AC joint, it’s his SC joint. Yes, Mayfield went through a lot of pain with the AC joint, but it is the less severe of the two injuries. The AC joint is where the collar bone connects to part of the shoulder blade. The SC joint is where the collar bone connects to the sternum — hence the full name, sternoclavicular.
ESPN’s Pete Thamel is reporting that Ewers is currently having trouble breathe and swallow. He will be out of the squad for the next 4-6 weeks.
Since he took a television photo when making his diagnosis, it’s safe to assume that Dr Brees was not involved in Ewers’ dressing room examination. Even if he’s at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, he won’t be invited to the test because, at best, he’s a doctor like Dr. J and Dr. House.
Brees has qualified for what he posted with a “if it’s AC general separation,” but the spirit of what he’s saying isn’t good. It’s football, and there’s just so many games. With sports in general, but especially football, participation requires knowing the difference between injured and injured. If you don’t want to participate while in pain, you shouldn’t play, but that’s not what Brees is conveying.
He wanted the young man to take medicine to ease the pain of the actual injury until after the game and strap himself into a restraint harness. It is that kind of thinking that has led to a lot of older footballers becoming physically and even mentally disabled after their careers. Brees still carries the old mentality with him, and he needs to drop it and never pick it up again.