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Saintswrath 12-08-2010 09:21 PM

Dr. James Andrews, Drew Brees go-to guys for shoulder surgery
After quarterback Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma, his shoulder was injured not once, not twice, but three times, a triple whammy that marred his comeback to football and made his future in the game dicey.

He has since flourished as a rookie in the NFL, justifying the St. Louis Rams' faith in making Bradford the No. 1 pick of the 2010 NFL draft and establishing himself as a virtual lock to be the league's Offensive Rookie of the Year.

How did he manage such a spectacular turnaround? Well, Bradford acknowledged Wednesday, he essentially had two of the world's greatest experts on his case: Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Drew Brees.
Andrews, the LSU alum who has become an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, performed the procedure on Bradford's shoulder. Brees, meanwhile, is the former Andrews patient whose surgically reconstructed shoulder proved sound enough to lead the New Orleans Saints to the NFL championship.
Technically, of course, Brees is not a medical doctor, although Andrews says he basically plays one off the field. The most important determinant to an operation's success, Andrews said, is rehabilitation, and if a medical school ever needs a professor in how to conduct rehabilitation, Andrews said Brees should get the job. Brees is the most dedicated patient with regard to rehabilitation Andrews has ever treated, he said.
Certainly that was the note Brees stressed to Bradford. The quarterbacks share the same agent, Tom Condon, who, following doctor's orders, put the prospective NFL quarterback in touch with the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

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