Drew Brees eager to mentor Zion Williamson in New Orleans
Drew Brees has already forged a strong bond with Zion Williamson, and the New Orleans Saints veteran signal-caller is eager to show the New Orleans Pelicans rookie the ropes of being a professional athlete in The Big Easy.
In a piece from Brett Martel of The Washington Post, Brees opens up about how, despite evidence indicating otherwise, he and Williamson are quite similar on at least one front.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t see himself and Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and sports. Brees sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans’ pro sports scene, and is eager to share what he’s learned if it can help Williamson understand the task — and opportunity — at hand.
“Certainly, I am always going to be there for Zion,” Brees said after practice Thursday at Saints training camp. “Whatever I can do to help guide, to help advise, to help mentor, I’m there.”
Brees gave Williamson a huge New Orleans welcome after the Pelicans selected the former Duke phenom with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by sending the young NBA star a message along with an autographed jersey.
The message from Drew?— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) June 23, 2019
“To Zion – Passing the torch to you! Who dat!” https://t.co/s6gMKtzJel
After arriving in New Orleans, @ZionWilliamson received a gift from @DrewBrees #LetsDance @Saints pic.twitter.com/qR5yqcdCNb— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) June 25, 2019
Williamson remarked Brees’ gift was “my first jersey from a professional athlete.”
“That was just my personal statement to him, welcoming him to the city and letting him know that I want to be there as a resource, whatever I can do,” Brees said of the gesture on Thursday, via NOLA.com. “I feel that way about every rookie that walks in the door here, too.”
Brees and Williamson first met during an encounter on the red carpet at the ESPYs.
It certainly seems like a mutual admiration society is developing between the two, and one can scarcely envision a better mentor for the young Williamson than Brees.