Brees to fans: “Keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out”

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While one New Orleans sports superstar let it be known he wants out of town Monday morning, another had a different message.

Quarterback Drew Brees, in an Instagram post Monday morning, provided an upbeat tone to Saints fans in the aftermath of his team’s controversial NFC Championship Game loss to the Los Angeles Rams eight days ago.

He quickly touched on the no-call in the final two minutes of regulation, writing, “Some things within our control and some outside our control … caused us to fall short.”

Brees and the Saints have been through their challenges in his 13 years in New Orleans, whether it was the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina or the bounty scandal.

“We are inspired by one another to accomplish things far greater than what we could ever do on our own,” he wrote.
“Everything that has ever happened to this community, we have bonded together, galvanized and leaped forward every time.
The frustration we feel now can be channeled in the same way.

“Pour that passion and emotion into your families and communities. Inspire others with your focus (and) determination and positive outlook. This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future.”

His message concluded as if all Saints fans were in a pregame huddle on the field of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Brees was in the middle.

“So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out,” Brees wrote, “because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere.”

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I’ve spent this last week navigating the heartache and disappointment from the game. Some things within our control and some outside our control that caused us to fall short. So much of our motivation is to represent the Who Dat Nation with determination and resiliency. We want to play for you, fight for you, and win for you. You deserve that. The longer I play I realize that we truly are one heartbeat with our fans. Our success is your success. Our disappointment is your disappointment. We are inspired by one another to accomplish things far greater than what we could ever do on our own. Everything that has ever happened to this community, we have bonded together, galvanized and leaped forward every time. The frustration we feel now can be channeled in the same way. Pour that passion and emotion into your families and communities. Inspire others with your focus & determination and positive outlook. This will make us stronger, this will bond us tighter, this will be a source for our success in the future. There is no place like New Orleans. There is no community like ours. No fans like the Who Dat Nation. I refuse to let this hold us down. I refuse to let this create any negativity or resentment. I embrace the challenge. So keep your chin up, hold your head high, puff your chest out because WE are the Who Dat Nation and WE will always persevere.

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