Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson only overlapped with Saints quarterback Drew Brees for one season with the San Diego Chargers, but he caught his first three NFL passes from him and has fond memories of playing with Brees in 2005.
"I remember being a rookie, and he used to line me up at different places on the field and close his eyes after practice and take drops," Jackson said Thursday at the Bucs prepare to play Sunday at New Orleans. "He'd try to hit me with his eyes closed. He was one of those guys that never wants to see a ball hit the ground. He's going to give you his best shot, he's going to be competitive, take risks, but that's fun to play with, I'm sure."
Brees left for New Orleans after Jackson's rookie season and on Sunday should reach 40,000 passing yards as a Saint -- Jackson said for all the positive things you read about Brees as a leader and off the field, it's all true.
"Everything you hear about Drew Brees is right on. He's a consummate pro, a true leader," Jackson said. "What he was able to do, with that shoulder injury, leaving San Diego, becoming the face of the franchise, him and Sean Payton turning around the whole organization, to revive that city in such a hard time and what they went through is pretty amazing. He's a great person, great human being and he works really hard."