In the book, Coming Back Stronger: Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity, Drew Brees tells his story in his own words. He grew up in a broken home, played football at Purdue, and was drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He became the starting quarterback and led the team to the playoffs. He was then sidelined by a catastrophic shoulder injury that could have ended his career, but he battled back. He moved on from the Chargers to New Orleans, which was still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Katrine, and the New Orleans Saints, who were not known to be a good team and would be playing under a new coaching staff. He then took the team that had been known for a long time as the “Aints”, due to their lack of success, to the Super Bowl. Along the way, Brees discusses his family, faith, and how he has succeeded when others would have given up.
While I would not classify myself as a “huge football fan,” I could not put this book down. I first heard the story of Drew Brees in the run up to Super Bowl XLIV. When I found out this book was being published, I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. This book is the story of one man who was faced with adversity and came back better than before. It gives insight into the life of a collegiate and professional athlete and the challenges inherent with these positions. It is an inspiring story for anyone who has ever faced a difficult time and come out better on the other side. This is a book that can be enjoyed by both non-sports fans and sports enthusiasts alike.