Drew Brees’ mantra contains winning formula for New Orleans Saints

By Jeff Duncan, The Times-Picayune
November 30, 2009, 4:00AM

November 30, 2009, 4:00AM
Drew Brees !

About a half-hour before kickoff at Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots, the entire New Orleans Saints team will gather around quarterback Drew Brees in the south end zone of the Superdome.

Brees will address the team with a quick intro, then repeat the team’s 2009 mission statements: “Be special,” “Finish strong” and “Smell greatness.” Then the team will break into a spirited count, alternating numbers — “One! Two!” — with the words “Win!” and “Again!” The count builds to a crescendo, stopping, ironically, at 10, when the Saints start repeating “Again! Again!” clasp hands and break the throbbing huddle.

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