Drew Brees: Model athlete and union member

Sports Illustrated just announced that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is the recipient of its 57th Sportsman of the Year award. In announcing the award, the magazine noted that the award recognizes Brees’s work on and off the field since coming to New Orleans in 2006. Along with leading the Saints to the team’s first Super Bowl win last year, Brees has played an instrumental role in helping New Orleans recover from the damage of Hurricane Katrina.

What you may not know about Drew Brees is that he is also an active union member – currently serving as a member of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Committee. In this role, he’s worked to educate the public about the owners’ threat to lockout the players and cancel next season, a callous grab for more money that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers in cities across the country.

Of course, we can’t say that we’re surprised to learn of Drew Brees’s volunteer work outside the stadium. Across the labor movement – whether it’s the higher profile members of the NFLPA or workers on the factory floor – union members are working everyday to improve the communities in which they live. For these men and women, a commitment to doing the right thing doesn’t stop at the workplace threshold.

Not everyone can end up on the cover of Sports Illustrated. But just as Drew Brees represents the best of New Orleans, he‘s also a reminder of the good works of union members in every industry. Congratulations Drew!

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