Drew Brees did more than give a quarterback a hand this week. He gave him a leg, one which could eventually allow him to participate in sports again.
Via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, the Saints quarterback gave California high schooler Alex Ruiz his first walking prosthetic, and promised to pay for a new athletic training prosthesis in the fall when Ruiz is ready for it.
After five seasons, he took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game. He spent nine seasons with Seattle. His presence projected an external toughness, but merited instantaneous respect by the genuine care and concern he held for his players, the Seahawks said in a statement. He was one of the great influencers not only in football, but in life. Knox was a two-way tackle at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, serving as a captain on the school’s undefeated 1953 team.
“Whether I like the person or not I’m not going to get into that,” Tepper recently said while speaking at Carnegie Mellon University, via SI.com, “although I did call him a demented, narcissistic scumbag. And if you look up demented, narcissistic scumbag, you’ll see my name calling Trump that. Just Google those three words.”
We did. And it does.
Here’s the full quote, from an appearance by Tepper on CNBC less than a month before the 2016 election: “You have one person with questionable judgment and the other person may be demented, narcissistic and a scumbag. Not saying which one’s which. You can make your own decision on that.”
Tepper’s decision seems to be less about ideology and more about pragmatism and practicality.
“This is a guy, and you talk about calamity, this is a guy that has to remind himself on the podium to stay on message,” Tepper said on CNBC before the election, via SI.com. “‘Stay on message, Donald. Stay on message.’ The reason people are nervous about this guy is, is he going to get in the Oval Office and say, ‘Don’t press that button, Donald. Don’t press that red button.’ It could be dangerous. I don’t want a guy that talks like that to himself after he’s reminding himself to stay on message.