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Drew Brees: Saint for Small Business

Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to their first-ever Super Bowl title. Now he's backing local entrepreneurship and the city's economic revival.

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This story appears in the August 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Drew Brees has been the toast of New Orleans ever since the native of Austin, Texas, came to helm the Saints in 2006. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback kept his team on track in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when many feared the city would lose its franchise and the homeless team played one perpetual road game after another. To top that, Brees led the Saints on a multiyear campaign that culminated in a 2010 ring and a reminder that even the worst crisis couldn't keep down the spirit of the Crescent City.

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But Brees wants to be more than just a symbol of the city--he's hoping his support of can help New Orleans achieve an economic renaissance.

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