There is no doubt Drew Brees is one of the top Quarterbacks in the NFL, finishing number two during the 2018 season with a QB rating of 80.8.
For those keeping scores, that’s higher than Tom Brady.
But even though Brees is at the top of his game he’s still as humble as they come. And what’s even greater is his ability to be a great role model for kids. He teaches them to overcome adversity and to never be ashamed of who you are.
His attitude stems from his childhood and being bullied for a birthmark under his right eye.
“Because of my birthmark, which I was obviously born with, I got all kinds of comments when I was a kid, about ‘Wipe that whatever off your face.’ … All kinds of names. People would call me ‘Spot,'” Drew told CNN. “I think they were trying to be malicious. They were trying to be hurtful.”
But most people might ask, “Why not just get it removed? Surely he can afford plastic surgery.” But he begs to differ, seeing it as not a big deal. In his autobiography he says:
“Instead of seeing it as a bad thing, I chose to see it as something that made me unique and special. It set me apart from everyone else. … Now it’s just a part of who I am. I wouldn’t consider cutting off my arm. Neither would I cut off my birthmark.”
Good point, Drew. The beautiful thing about this is he uses it as a platform to teach young ones to embrace themselves.
“There’s lots of kids that may have something that somebody is going to make fun of. Their name, the way they look, the way they talk, the way they laugh. And it’s so unfair, but it’s reality.”
The coolest thing to come out of this is his fan support. When you go to a saints game you can buy a fake birthmark tattoo that matches his.
What an incredible outcome for a small boy who was bullied and decided to embrace himself as who he is! Now as a man ‘winning at life’, he is still an amazing role model for kids and even us adults.