Saints QB Drew Brees vows to ‘always be there’ for Pelicans’ Zion Williamson
Despite what appear to be vast differences between the two, they have already formed quite a bond. According to Brett Martel of The Washington Post, Brees has pledged to always be a helping hand for Williamson moving forward:
Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t see himself and Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and sports. Brees sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans’ pro sports scene, and is eager to share what he’s learned if it can help Williamson understand the task — and opportunity — at hand.
“Certainly, I am always going to be there for Zion,” Brees said after practice Thursday at Saints training camp. “Whatever I can do to help guide, to help advise, to help mentor, I’m there.”
Brees’ admiration is certainly understandable. Although he did not begin his career with the Saints he arrived with the hope of turning the organization around into a championship contender. Williamson has largely been tasked with doing the same after being taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
It is encouraging to see a superstar of Brees’ status reach out to the next wave of athletes in New Orleans. He was the first to reward Williamson with a signed jersey and has since made sure to welcome him at the Saints’ practice. The rookie reciprocated his love by hosting him at a Pelicans’ practice as well.
While both layers are in much different stages in their careers, they still share a bond as two of the most iconic professional athletes in New Orleans. Brees appears to be in the midst of passing the torch to Williamson with his retirement approaching in the near future.