Star NFL quarterback Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a first-round playoff win over the Eagles last night in a match-up with fellow Westlake High School alumnus Nick Foles. Westlake’s current head football coach didn’t coach Brees or Foles, but he was Brees’s camp counselor when he was a freshman in college and Brees was 12 years old.
In a recent article about the Westlake High School connection of Brees and Foles, the coach and former camp counselor recalled the kind of kid Brees was at age 12:
“Drew would wake me up before any of the other campers got up, we would get up and go to the basketball courts, and we would play ’21’ basketball games until it was time for everybody else to wake up. He was pretty hard to beat. I was a college football player, and I had to work pretty hard. It’s a true test of how competitive he was, even when he was 12.”
For anyone who has followed Brees at all in his 13-year career, this shouldn’t come as any surprise. Off the field, Brees is a summer camp benefactor, having donated to a summer camp program at Purdue University called PALS through his foundation.
UPDATE: Brees spent eight summers at Camp Champions in Marble Falls, Texas, the same camp singer Lisa Loeb and Dell computer founder and CEO Michael Dell.