Brees’ book ad­dresses his mother’s 2009 death

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - By Brett Mar­tel

NEW OR­LEANS — Su­per Bowl MVP Drew Brees asks him­self of­ten if there was any­thing he could have done to pre­vent his mother from com­mit­ting sui­cide.

The Saints quar­ter­back ini­tially viewed his mother’s death as very per­sonal, but he opens up about that tragedy as well as other fail­ures and mis­for­tunes in his new book, “Com­ing Back Stronger.”

In the book, the for­mer West­lake High star writes, “I ask my­self the ques­tion of­ten: Could I have saved her?”

Brees led New Or­leans to glory de­spite be­ing in mourn­ing — and guilt-rid­den — over the death of his mother, Mina, in Au­gust 2009. Al­though he didn’t dis­cuss her death in de­tail dur­ing the sea­son, he de­voted a chap­ter in the book to his re­la­tion­ship with her. He re­flects on his alien­ation from his mother in adult­hood, won­der­ing whether he could have han­dled it dif­fer­ently.

Brees said Tues­day that he re­al­ized dur­ing many late nights sit­ting at his lap­top com­puter in his kitchen that writ­ing about his mother’s death could serve as ther­apy for him and ad­vice for oth­ers.

“I felt like it was very ap­pro­pri­ate be­cause I feel like so many peo­ple deal with that, be it the re­la­tion­ship with a par­ent or death of a loved one, what­ever it might be,” Brees said. “I wanted to ad­dress it in a way that was very sen­si­tive to my fam­ily, but also very truth­ful.”

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