Scratch public office off Drew Brees’ to-do list for the summer.
The Saints quarterback was named honorary mayor of Comfort, Texas, on Wednesday, a term that lasted only a couple of hours before he took a private jet from nearby San Antonio to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, where the team reports for training camp on Thursday.
“Now that I am mayor, no taxes,” Brees told a cheering crowd of about 1,500, more than half of the town’s population, who made an early morning turnout at Comfort High School out for the promotion sponsored by Wranglers jeans.
The company distributed some 5,000 pairs of its new line of Advance Comfort jeans along with T-shirts and donated a section of chairback seats for the football stadium ,as well as $10,000 for the local chamber of commerce.
In return, Comfort, located about 50 miles northwest of San Antonio, has unofficially changed its name to Advance Comfort for a year.
“It was a pretty exciting day,” said Lauren Conklin, vice president of the Comfort Chamber of Commerce. “Drew’s Texas-born (Austin), and there were a lot of Saints fans there.
“And he got out and threw the ball around with the football players and put some guys through drills wearing their Wranglers. That was pretty cool for them.”
Actually, Comfort doesn’t have a mayor. The community is unincorporated.
But when Wrangler, which was looking for a way to advertise its new product line, picked Comfort among other similarly named places because of its location, the offer was quickly accepted.
“Drew said if we ever need one (mayor), he’ll be glad to come back,” Conklin said. “I don’t think he’d have any problem getting elected.”
Welcome back, Jimmy
Brees told USA Today, “It’s been a tough offseason,” referring to the arbitration hearing for All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham, who lost his grievance to be declared a wide receiver for franchise status purposes before he signed a four-year, $40 million contact last week.
But Brees, who went through his own grievance process in 2012, said everyone understood it was part of the business.
“You have to understand that’s part of the process with free agency and contract situations,” he said. “I’m excited to have him back.
“It’s training camp time. It’s football season. It’s here. We’re ready to roll.”
Saints to the Super Bowl?
Brees also acknowledged the preseason Super Bowl conversation including the Saints.
“You always feel that way,” he said. “I’m not going to get ahead of ourselves because we’ve still got a lot of work to do.
“But I feel like all of the pieces are in place. You stay healthy and things go your way — we’ve got as good a shot as anybody.”