Drew Brees is perfectly comfortable with the fact that he now has company at the top of the New Orleans sports pantheon.
Brees, who might be the Pelicans’ most famous fan, opened an appearance on ESPN Baton Rouge’s morning show, Culotta & The Prince, by heaping praise on the Pelicans’ new $145 million man, Anthony Davis.
A fixture on the sidelines at the Smoothie King Center during the season, Brees is an unabashed Pelicans fan.
“I think Anthony Davis is a stud, and I think he’s the type of guy that you build an organization and a team around,” Brees said. “So I think that’s a big move for us, a real positive move for us and the city, and for him.”
Brees and Davis have met a few times, stopping to chat when Brees held a birthday party for one of his sons at the Pelicans’ team complex, only a parking lot over from where Brees goes to work each day.
His oldest son, Baylen, was proudly wearing his Anthony Davis jersey, plus a slight modification provided by his mother.
“Every time my oldest would put the Anthony Davis jersey on, he had to go full character, so he’d have Mom paint the unibrow in makeup on him,” Brees said on ESPN 104.5. “And as a matter of fact, at the birthday party, he was rocking that as well, and AD loved it.”
Brees has no problem sharing the spotlight with the Pelicans’ franchise cornerstone, a player with whom he’s kept in touch somewhat since that January party.
In fact, if his son’s birthday party is any indication, Davis actually offers Brees a chance to slip into the background.
“He’s taller than I am,” Brees said. “(At the birthday party) they all wanted his autograph. I blend in. He can’t blend in anywhere.”