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PETER KING'S MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACK
The Truth About Drew Brees: Sure, he broke Johnny Unitas's 52-year-old record by throwing a touchdown pass in his 48th straight game, but unfortunately that headline had to be shared with the odd atmosphere in the Superdome. Brees feels inextricably tied to Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis because in 2006, when the Dolphins were skeptical about signing Brees after he had major surgery on his right shoulder, Payton and Loomis stuck their necks out and signed him to a six-year, $60 million contract. That's why Brees e-mailed Roger Goodell eight days ago, asking for papal dispensation so that Payton and Loomis and the also-suspended Joe Vitt could attend this game.... Read more of King's MMQB at SI.com
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Without A Doubt
From the SI Vault: Jan. 10, 2005
After a thundering Orange Bowl victory, a young USC team had back-to-back national titles, 22 straight wins and the makings of a dynasty
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