Very few things have gone right in Saints land this past offseason. It’s been one blow after another for a city that has endured its fair share of tragedy and turmoil. So what does a fan base that has been so reliant on Drew Brees, and what he has brought them do when they see their hero in contract dispute? Raise money themselves!
Season ticketholder Tony Lemon has started a website called fansstepup.com which asks Saints fans to make donations in $1, $5 or $100 increments in an effort to keep the perrenial pro bowl quarterback in New Orleans. Thus far the site has $738.09 for Brees. Yeah, I’m thinking that won’t be enough. Lemon, has stated the money will go to the Drew Brees Foundation if he doesn’t accept the donations personally.
“Drew Brees has been an incredible ambassador for the City of New Orleans. Not only in his accomplishments on the football field, but in his charitable and community endeavors, he has lifted the spirits of New Orleanians when we were most challenged.”
“In the past few months, we fans have been frustrated to know that Drew Brees may not continue his professional endeavors in New Orleans for reasons completely out of our control. But we can do something about it. We can STEP UP and give Drew a BONUS for all that he has done for New Orleans and this region. We can send a clear message to Drew Brees that we appreciate what he has done for us. We can send a clear message to Drew Brees that we want him to stay here.”
“At the same time, we can let other cities in this country know that we are the best fans anywhere and that we take care of our own. We as fans can become empowered with the creation of this BONUS. We need not sit idly by while a New Orleans treasure is taken away from us.”
Not sure why the Saints brass is playing hardball with someone who has done so much for the city of New Orleans. Paging Mickey Loomis, hasn’t the Saints fan base endured enough already? Why play hardball with your elite quarterback that has won you a Super Bowl and been an instrumental part of bringing your city back to respectability after the tragic Katrina disaster?