Monday, February 15, 2010

In Miami, the Son Also Rises [New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees]

By Kathryn Jean Lopez

"Don’t you live for that moment right there?"

That was former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason’s take on the final scene of Super Bowl XLIV: The Most Valuable Player, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, was holding his young son in his arms while his wife, young Baylan’s mother, looked on with a face full of joy — a loving family sharing a momentous personal, cultural, and historic moment.

It’s an image America needed. "Given that about one in four American boys are living apart from their dads at any one point in time, it is great to see a Super Bowl champion with his wife and son, and to see that this win is all the bigger for him for being shared with his son," Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, tells me.


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