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Coming Back Stronger

Autobiography of Andrew Christopher Brees

01.24.13
Mikelyn Starrett
1st Hour

Coming Back Stronger

The title of the book I read was Coming Back Stronger. It is the ultimate comeback story, not only of one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks, but also of a city and a team that many had all but given up on. When a potentially career-ending shoulder injury left quarterback Drew Brees without a team, coaches around the NFL wondered, Will he ever come back? After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, leaving more than eighty percent of the city underwater, many wondered, Will the city ever come back? And with their stadium transformed into a makeshift refugee camp, forcing the Saints to play their entire 2005 season on the road, people questioned, Will the Saints ever come back? It takes a special person, like Drew Brees, to turn adversity into success and despair into hope and with the weight of an entire city on his shoulders. Brees’ inspiring message of hope and encouragement proves that with enough faith, determination, and heart, you can overcome any obstacle life throws your way and not only come back, but come back stronger.

Drew Brees, born Andrew Christopher Brees, to Mina Akins and Eugene Wilson “Chip” Brees II, on January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas, is an average size male at six feet tall and 209 pounds. He is an American with brown hair and baby blue eyes. He grew up with sports being a huge deal in his family. His uncle, Marty Akins, was an All-American starting quarterback for the Texas Longhorns college football team from 1975 to 1977. Chip Brees played basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies men’s basketball team, and his grandfather, Ray Akins, had the third-most victories as a Texas high school football coach. Brees was selected as Texas High School 5A Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1996 and led the Westlake High School football team to sixteen-zero record and state championship. Westlake went twenty...
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