Brees’ book addresses his mother’s 2009 death
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.”