Drew Brees pledges $5 million to Louisiana coronavirus charity efforts

Drew Brees pledges $5 million to Louisiana coronavirus charity efforts

Drew Brees pledges $5 million to Louisiana coronavirus charity efforts

"The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time", the National Football League legend wrote on Instagram. Let's do our part, keep hope, and get through this together.

Brees signed a two-year contract extension worth $50 million last week with the Saints, then posted on Instagram his plan with wife Brittany to help a region where coronavirus infections and deaths have spiked in recent days. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors. Brees didn't mention the 2020 coronavirus outbreak in his post, but did cite "this tough time" for the state.

"Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020", Brees posted.

In the Instagram message, Brees comments that his family will further their partnerships with several organizations, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Jimmy Johns and Waitr, among others. "Shoot, we've got politicians, athletes - you name it, they've caught it. Prince Charles caught it, right?"

Brees plans to deliver 10,000 meals a day as part of his contribution to the state's plight. At a time when communities must work more closely together than ever in the face of a public health crisis, it's great to see this sort of leadership from the faces of the Saints franchise.

He signed with New Orleans as a free agent in 2006 because the Lord put it on his heart to help a city that had just endured Hurricane Katrina, which was the most destructive and costliest storm in USA history.

In his first season with the Saints, Brees was named First-Team All-Pro and received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. "I know I can still play", he said during an interview on WWL Radio.

The $5 million represents 20 percent of Brees' 2020 salary.

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