WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Drew Brees’ strained oblique has kept him from practicing for more than a week.
But not from taking the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Saints quarterback not only accepted Hoda Kotb’s dare that he be doused with ice water as part a campaign to raise awareness for ALS on Tuesday, he executed a head first slide while a team manager poured a cooler on him.
Saints assistants Rob Ryan and Joe Vitt took the more conventional approach, just having the ice poured directly on their heads. In doing so, they appeared to get the full force of the dousing more than Brees.
You can judge for yourself by checking the video on the team website, Saints.com.
Brees passed along his challenge to Gov. Bobby Jindal, talk show host Ellen Degeneres and golfer Bubba Watson.
Ryan and Vitt had been challenged by Baltimore Ravens assistant Don “Wink” Martindale in honor of former Ravens’ fullback Kevin Turner, who was diagnosed by ALS in 2010.
The Ice Bucket Challenge, which includes the participant making a donation to the ALS Association, has generated more than $4 million in less than a month, almost four times the amount of money raised in the same time period a year ago.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell became the latest person to accept the challenge on Tuesday after getting a challenge from former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita.
Goodell in turn challenged Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Michael Strahan. Closer to home, former Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, took things a step further by undergoing the challenge naked. That video is available on the Team Gleason website.
Gleason passed along his challenge to Brees, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and musician Mike McCready.