Brees, who will lead the Saints (11-4) against the Buccaneers (4-11) on Sunday with a chance to clinch the NFC South, said his great-grandfather was a straw boss or basically like a sharecropper on a big property and his grandfather grew up in a house with basically a dirt floor, no running water, no electricity.
He took a train over to San Diego, went through Marines boot camp, shipped over to Guadalcanal for more training, and was there for the invasion of Okinawa, Japan on April 1, 1st Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 1st Regiment, Special Weapons Company, Brees continued. What he endured over there, I heard a lot about that over the years from him. He was very proud of being a Marine. That was something he took so much pride in and while it was hard to talk about the war for a long time, I think he reached a point where he felt like there were so many lessons from it and it was a way to honor the guys that he served with to. He had 153 men in his Special Weapons Company and was one of three to survive. That just tells you how brutal that fighting was over there.
Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah The younger brother of Panthers defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, Lowell had a huge day against the Mountaineers. The 6-2, 320-pound senior recorded four tackles, 2 1/2 for loss, and a 1 1/2 sacks. He has a quick burst off the snap and a powerful base to create penetration. The younger Lotulelei should be a second-round pick in April.
But what about other folks around the league? Here’s what some owners, GMs and players had to say about the gamesmanship heading into the Games.
Were this a sports comedy, then Chris Bourque would be the heart and soul of said movie. He’s the 31-year-old son of an NHL legend who has … well, not exactly had a legendary career while living in the shadow of Ray Bourque. The majority of the younger Bourque’s career has been spent in the American Hockey League, and the majority of those seasons (10) were spent with the Hershey Bears.