Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/17/14

Is the birthmark Drew Brees has on his face similar to Cindy Crawford’s mole? Anyone who is familiar with Brees and has seen him without a helmet on knows he has a birthmark on one of his cheeks. Those of you who have a photographic memory may remember that the birthmark is on Brees’ right cheek. If you go by the Vicks advertisement above that a Twitter user shared on Monday, the Saints quarterback has one on each cheek. The image on the left is correct. The image on the right shows a birthmark on Brees’ left cheek that doesn’t actually exist. Photos are airbrushed all the time for advertising purposes, but why did Vicks feel the need to give Brees an extra birthmark? The only thing I can think of is that the creators of the ad feel as though Brees’ birthmark is a strong identifier for him. Perhaps seeing a birthmark — regardless of which cheek it is on — reassures our subconscience that the man in the picture is in fact the Super Bowl MVP and future Hall of Famer. Or perhaps our man Danny Lee was right when he wrote that sports advertising has simply gone too far. Chest bump to Shutdown Corner

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