Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 12/1/11
HOUSTON -- It is a near certainty that the person who has watched Super Bowl XLIV the most is an Atlanta Falcons fan who went to college in North Carolina. That was the one with Drew Brees in it, and Brees' lasting contribution to football, it appears, will be inspiring an entire generation of smallish quarterbacks to succeed in nontraditional ways. T.J. Yates isn't smallish (he is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds), but he is one of those quarterbacks who marvels at Brees not for his ability but for his intricacy. The question Yates and his North Carolina position coach, John Shoop, would ask themselves during those film sessions was both simple and complex: What makes Drew Brees great? The answer, they felt, would be the same for Yates. So over and over they watched, and they learned something. "We must have watched it 100 times," Shoop said. "There wasn't one pass in that Super Bowl T.J. couldn't have completed. Not one. There wasn't one play that was like a Dan Marino laser." And if ...
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