Drew Brees: Athletes probably get paid too much

Published On March 11, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

Drew Brees has a pretty important job, just ask anyone in New Orleans. But the Saints quarterback knows where athletes fall on the totem pole of importance.

Until Joe Flacco became the highest paid NFL player, Brees had the most lucrative deal in the league. For reference, Flacco just signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. But Brees knows he’s no world leader.

“Yes, we probably do,” Brees told WWL Radio via NESN when asked if athletes get paid too much. “Unless you’re finding a cure for cancer or creating world peace, I don’t know if anybody deserves to get that much money.

“That’s the industry that we’re in. You could probably say the same for actors, actresses and entertainers. We’re in the entertainment industry, and business is business, and there is a market. The market establishes what you get paid.”

Brees said he wasn’t surprised Flacco got the biggest contract. As with everything in sports, something or someone bigger and better is always around the corner.

In all fairness, Brees started the Brees Dream Foundation in 2003 – which aims to improve quality of life for cancer patients as well as provide care, education, and opportunities for families in need – so he’s putting some of that excess to good use.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.