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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees is here to go "On the Record." What a ride Drew has had. He came back from a career-threatening injury to win the Super bowl with the Saints.
We don't have to tell you how important that Super bowl is to New Orleans, a city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Brees is the author of a brand new book, "Coming Back Stronger," in stores today. Congratulations.
DREW BREES, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QUARTERBACK: Thank you.
VAN SUSTEREN: There are a lot of congratulations for you. I feel sorry for Miami. They had a chance to have you. What a bunch of dopes. They almost had you as a quarterback and the Saints got you.
BREES: It's funny, when I was drafted in 2001, they were the team I thought I was going to be drafted by with the 26th pick at the time. They passed on me then. Who would have thought five years later they would have another chance at free agency. But I think it all worked out.
VAN SUSTEREN: But it's fun to read in the book how when you left the Chargers, the question was do you go to the Saints or Miami? The Saints, you write about seeing New Orleans, and then you go down and they treat you like meat and poke you and check that shoulder, and Miami is like completely different.
BREES: Right. I felt like New Orleans and Coach Sean Peyton and the general manager and owner looked me in the eye, and I could see they had as much confidence in me as I had in myself to come back and be the quarterback for that team and lead that organization and also be the part of the revival of the city of New Orleans.
I felt that, and so I felt that calling to New Orleans, feeling like this is where I belong.
VAN SUSTEREN: That Super Bowl video which we all will have of you raising your son. Poor Miami, what are they thinking as they are watching the video? Bad choice.
All right, you make it look so easy. You go out throw the ball and make it look easy. But there's a lot of adversity in this book. You talk about growing up and your family divorcing, your shoulder injury. It hasn't been easy, has it?
BREES: No. It has been an interesting road, but I wouldn't trade any of it for the world, because I feel like all of those instances in my life I felt molded me and strengthened me and made me who I am. And I feel like it's that adversity that creates opportunity for all of us in our life.
And that's the mindset and mentality I'm trying help people create from reading the book is that mindset of how to face that adversity and understanding it is there to make you stronger. And it will allow you to accomplish things later on in life that you never thought possible at the time.
VAN SUSTEREN: I love the way you met your wife. You almost lost out on that one.
BREES: I almost did blow it.
VAN SUSTEREN: The viewers don't know the story.
BREES: Point being I made a fool of myself when we met for the first time. It took me six months to redeem myself at least to have another chance to at least have her get to know me and let her know I was at least a decent guy and to give me a shot.
And here we are, we've been married seven years. We have a beautiful little boy who is 18 months old and another little boy to be born in October. We are very excited about that.
VAN SUSTEREN: What makes someone come back from adversity? That shoulder injury was horrendous. Is it personal drive? You talk a lot about faith in the book. Why are you so good at this?
BREES: My faith got me through a lot of those times, feeling like god has a plan for me and I know it is greater than what is happening now. I know he's putting this in my life to strengthen me, to mold me.
And at the time, it is funny how you can look at something and say, for example with my shoulder injury, when it first happened I said this is the worst thing that could happen to me. Why me, why now?
Now I look back and say it was probably the best thing that happened to me. And there are so many parallels you can draw with some of my experiences and what New Orleans went through, a post-Katrina. People wondered if New Orleans would ever come back.
In a lot of ways I feel like New Orleans has come back stronger, better in so many ways. You look at public education system, charter schools, infrastructure, in so many ways New Orleans has come back stronger.
Now, there is still a lot of work to do, and the Gulf oil spill is another disaster in itself. But in this economy with the Gulf oil spill with all these things people have going on in their lives, I hope this book is something they can lean on for some of that knowledge and wisdom and the stories I tell.
VAN SUSTEREN: They are proud of you. You have done a lot and the team has done a lot for New Orleans.
Another thing is I know you are interested in baseball, and you thought you were going to be a baseball player. But who is your football idol when you were a kid?
BREES: I grew up in Texas, obviously a huge football state. I love the Cowboys in the early 90s. That was their heyday, winning all those Super bowls. Troy Aikman was a person I looked up to. Joe Montana, never the biggest, strongest, but yet four Super bowls, and will go down in history as one of the best of all time.
VAN SUSTEREN: First game against the Minnesota Vikings this coming season, I think it is your first game.
BREES: Yes -- September 9th.
VAN SUSTEREN: You beat them in the playoffs. Is Brett Favre coming back?
BREES: I believe he is.
VAN SUSTEREN: Are you worried?
BREES: I'm always a little nervous going into those games because they are a great team. But I'm confident in our team and I know we'll be ready.
VAN SUSTEREN: We'll all be watching. Congratulations, great book, unbelievable comeback. We loved the video of you with your son, wonderful. Congratulations -- MVP as well.
BREES: Thank you.
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