Posted on: February 4, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: February 4, 2010 3:42 pm
Let's face it. Most NFL team logos are lame. The Cowboys: a star. Really? How original. The Colts have a shoehorn. Meh I guess that's old school. The Dolphins have a fish with a hole in its head jumping through a hoop. The Jets have the words 'JETS.' I guess so the fans can be reminded what they're called? Don't even get me started with the Browns (it's not even brown!! the hell??) and Steelers (twinkly things, and on only one side of the helmet?). The Chargers have a lightning bolt and... oh, wait... a lightning bolt is actually kind of awesome.
Anyway, the Saints have the Fleur-de-lis on their helmets. And I'm willing to bet most people have no earthly idea what that whole thing is about. Well guess who does. Drew Brees, that's who. Some smartypants journalist tried to throw a curve ball of a question about the Saints logo at him, but Brees carved him up with knowledge like he carves up secondaries with his arm:
Brees was asked what he thinks about when he sees the fleur-de-lis symbol, which alrso serves as the Saints logo. After appearing to be a little surprised by the line of questioning and aknowledging what an interesting inquiry it was, he rolled into quite the educated answer.
"The fleur-de-lis symbol dates back to the French monarchy," said Brees. "So much of New Orleans' culture comes from the time when we were under French rule. That's just a big part of the culture. It's a big part of what New Orleans is all about. So when you look at that symbol, it is the symbol of the city. It's just like when you look at the American flag when you sing the National Anthem and you stare at it, it makes you well up with pride a little bit. When we see the fleur-de-lis, it makes us well up with pride."
Interesting. How many NFL logos have that much history in it? Boring? Oh hell and yes. But interesting nonetheless. Now you can dismiss this as some arbitrary news-filler on a slow day. But before you do that, admit to yourself two things:
1.) Drew Brees is a learned and cultured man and 2.) You always thought the Saints logo was a pealed banana.
Yea, you can admit it. You so thought that.