Brees, Payton bask in glow of Super Bowl trophy

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By Brad Kessie – bio | email

MIAMI, FL (WLOX) - Saints head coach Sean Payton, and quarterback Drew Brees spent Monday morning on the talk show circuit. Brees was a guest on Good Morning America. And both men were featured at the Super Bowl's final news conference. That's where the Saints quarterback talked about how doing things the right way helped New Orleans overcome Indianapolis, and win the championship.

Before Brees returned to New Orleans, he had a Super Bowl MVP trophy to pick up from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"It's an honor. And just an unbelievable feeling," he told the media gathered in Miami.

Brees had just quarterbacked the New Orleans Saints to a come from behind victory over the Indianapolis Colts, setting off a wild celebration across the Who Dat Nation.

"Our victory last night was the culmination of four years of hard work, fighting through a lot of adversity, ups and downs. And more importantly than that, representing a city that has been through so much, has been through so many struggles," the quarterback said.

That city, and the entire gulf coast region rejoiced in the Saints' Super Bowl 44 triumph. After receiving more than 500 congratulatory texts, Brees was just beginning to understand the magnitude of that victory.

"We all look at it as a responsibility. Our city, our fans give us strength. And we owe this to them," he said.

The Super Bowl trophy belongs to New Orleans. The question is whether anybody will ever be able to pry it away from head coach Sean Payton.

"This thing laid in my bed last night," Payton joked. "Rolled over a couple of times. I probably drooled on it. But man, there's nothing like it. There's nothing like it."

For Brees, holding the trophy made his four year journey with the New Orleans Saints that much more rewarding. "It hasn't been easy," he said. "But here we are, Super Bowl champs."

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