Found December 18, 2012 on NESN.com:
This one may hurt Dolphins fans. In 2006, Miami had a choice to make between Drew Brees, who was recovering from a shoulder injury, and Daunte Culpepper, who was recovering from a knee injury. The Dolphins signed Culpepper (doh!) and the rest is history. The Dolphins’ head coach at the time was Nick Saban. The current Alabama head coach spoke about his brief time in the NFL — he left to coach the Crimson Tide after just two seasons in Miami — on Dan LeBetard‘s radio show. “We chose Drew Brees. I’ve never ever talked about this publicly,” said Saban, according to the show’s Twitter feed. “That’s the guy we made the first offer to. A lot of players know this. There was a lot of loyalty in the organization and players never talked about it.” It’s been well known the Dolphins brought Brees in for a physical during the offseason, but it’s never been stated publicly that Miami made the now Super Bowl-winning quarterback a contract offer. “We thought Drew Brees was an outstanding player a
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