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Saints QB Draft Pick Used Drew Brees as Inspiration

Devon Platana
New Orleans Saints quarterback draft pick Ian Book used Drew Brees as an inspiration to get to where he is today.
New Orleans Saints quarterback draft pick Ian Book used Drew Brees as an inspiration to get to where he is today. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
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When legendary NFL quarterback Drew Brees retired this offseason , the New Orleans Saints were left with the task of finding his successor. The team already had Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill on their roster, but there's no guarantee that either man will bring success to the Big Easy.

The Saints decided to add another possible successor through the 2021 NFL Draft when they selected Notre Dame QB Ian Book with the No. 133 pick in Round 4. What's interesting about this selection is that Brees actually inspired Book to get to where he is today.

Like Brees, Book is a 6-foot-tall quarterback. Many people wrote Brees off because of his size and it's pretty obvious that he proved them wrong. Book is hoping he can do the same throughout his career.

"And [Brees] proved to everybody down there and in the world that he could do it. And I want to do the same thing, and I just feel like I fit in that system well."

Ian Book

As long as Hill and Winston are on the roster, it might be a bit more time before Saints fans get to see if Book can truly be Brees' successor. With him being a fourth-round selection, the Saints will likely want to work as much as they can on the former Notre Dame signal-caller before throwing him into an actual game.

Still, if he's able to develop properly, Book could be the perfect future quarterback for the Saints. Through four seasons with the Fighting Irish, he threw for 8,948 passing yards and 72 touchdowns to 20 interceptions. He was also a third-team All-ACC player in 2020.

Regardless of how long it takes before we see him at the Helm, you have to admit that Book's perseverance to overcome his height is inspirational. If he can one day become half as good as Brees was, Saints fans could be in for a real treat.


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