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Saints’ Drew Brees, wife pledge $5 million to Louisiana as coronavirus cases soar

The New Orleans QB, noted for his relief efforts during Hurricane Katrina, vows to deliver more than 10,000 meals to those in need in the state “for as long as it takes.”
Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during a Jan. 22, 2020, practice in Kissimmee for the Pro Bowl. [CHRIS O'MEARA  |  AP]
Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass during a Jan. 22, 2020, practice in Kissimmee for the Pro Bowl. [CHRIS O'MEARA | AP]

Eight days after agreeing to a two-year, $50 million contract with the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees is putting a chunk of that money to good use.

The 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback announced Thursday that he and his wife, Brittany, are committing $5 million to the state of Louisiana, which now has more than 1,700 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 65 deaths since the state’s first COVID-19 diagnosis on March 9.

“The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time,” Brees, 41, wrote in an Instagram post Thursday.

Through the Brees Dream Foundation, the family has already donated more than $33 million to benefit cancer patients worldwide. Arriving in New Orleans just months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area in 2006, Brees was a leading figure in relief efforts. The fact that he led the beloved Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2010 also helped endear Brees to residents.

In his post, Brees pledged to work with several corporate sponsors to deliver more than 10,000 meals to those in need around the state.

Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”

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