Super Bowl winning quarterback Drew Brees became WFP’s first US National Ambassador Against Hunger in October 2011. Copyright: WFP/Bill Haber
US National Ambassador Against Hunger
One of the biggest talents in American football today, quarterback Drew Brees has been a household name in his native Texas since he was a teenager leading his High School team to the 1996 state championship in widely televised 55-15 route.
Among the top recruited players in the nation, Brees graduated from Indiana’s Purdue University where he led the team to a Big Ten conference championship and set a conference record for passing yards.
After college, Brees was drafted into the National Football League by the San Diego Chargers where he played for three seasons, clinching the AFC West Division Title in 2004.
In 2006, he moved to New Orleans as the centerpiece of a rebuilding Saints team. After three solid seasons, Brees led the Saints to their first ever NFL Championship in 2009 with a thrilling win at Super Bowl XLIV over the Indianapolis Colts.
The winner of several prestigious athletic awards, Brees has also shown a deep commitment to the causes important to him. In 2003, he and his wife Brittany established the Brees Dream Foundation to advance cancer research and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need.
“In the 21st century, we shouldn’t be talking about famine. There are agencies like WFP committed not only to responding to emergencies, but to putting in place longer-term solutions to hunger,” he said.
In his new role, Brees will funnel the same dedication and passion that make him an all-star on the field into raising awareness about the plight of the world’s hungry.
Profession: Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL