Found March 01, 2012 on Checkdown Chatter:
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I think Drew Brees is great. We are in a fortunate era where at least three truly great quarterbacks are active right now (Brady, Brees, Rodgers, and I could probably get away with going on…), but, evidently the man who is in charge of keeping Brees a member of the Saints thinks I’m wrong. I understand [...]
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