by Alex Poletti
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In the press conference following Monday’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts, Saints quarterback Drew Brees admitted that he doesn’t remember a single one of his NFL-record 541 touchdown passes because he was so high out of his mind on cocaine.
“Can I remember all of the people who have caught my touchdown passes?” Brees responded to a question from a reporter. “I can’t even remember my fucking name most Sundays. It’s a goddamn blur.”
Brees broke Peyton Manning’s career touchdown record on a Monday Night Football game, beating fellow future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady to the punch. The Super Bowl XLIV MVP did so in astonishing fashion, completing 29 of his 30 attempts. After the game, Brees was ecstatic, though it was hard to tell what was the source of his energy.
“I’m hyped right now bro, I’m hyped,” Brees said to ESPN correspondent Lisa Salters on the sideline after the game. “Hit me in the face right now, Lisa. I won’t even feel it. I can’t feel anything right now.”
Brees, a second rounder in 2001, became the starting quarterback of the San Diego Chargers in 2002, logging over 3,000 yards. The veteran quarterback tells The Second String that by then, he was already deep into the blow scene.
“My first game in the NFL, the only thing I remember is that I had no clue where I was,” Brees says in an exclusive interview. “I found this ball in my hand and thought, ‘What the hell is this shit?’ so I threw it as far away from me as possible. I’ve been doing that every week since.”
Brees claims he only does coke before games as a way to unwind. That hasn’t stopped him from making the most of his pre-game ritual: he’s gotten high with every famous coke user of the 2000s.
“I can’t tell you who I passed those touchdowns to, but I can definitely tell you all 541 I’ve done lines with,” the 12-time Pro Bowler says confidently. “The Rolling Stones, Johnny Depp, the late great Rick James—I’m honored to have done it with some of the best in the world. I couldn’t have gotten this far without them.”
Brees concluded the interview by asking if our reporter wanted to get high in the Superdome parking lot afterwards.