BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Cheers greeted Saints Quarterback Drew Brees as he arrived at Bay High School Monday morning. Fifty lucky students were randomly selected to help the Super Bowl 44 MVP and Visa launch the latest version of the free video game "Financial Football."
"Kids nowadays, with so much technology and anything NFL theme, especially this time of year. Then it's interactive like this. I think it's a lot of fun, a great way for them to learn," said Brees.
For the past five years, Brees has been working with Visa to develop some of the questions in the game.
''You're the first class in the country to play this game, and the first ones to play it with Drew Brees," announced Jason Alderman,Visa's Financial Education Director.
When it comes to money matters, most of the students are rookies, so the students broke up into two teams. Brees coached the Saints, while State Treasurer Tate Reeves made the calls for their opponent the San Diego Chargers.
"It is awesome that he is dedicated a significant portion of what he does in the community to financial literacy and the reason he has done that, I believe, is because he cares," said Reeves.
Each team tackled multiple-choice questions, ranging from credit scores and stocks to insurance and bankruptcy. Each correct answer moved them closer to a touchdown. Incorrect responses meant a loss in yards.
Brees told the teens he wanted them to avoid making the same financial fumbles he made as a young man.
"I felt like I got a great education, but yet still, when I got out into the real world, my first year in the NFL, I felt like I was still unprepared as far as making sound financial decisions," Brees told the students.
Brees called the game a great teaching tool that could help teens understand how to handle money and make better scores on their financial report card.
"Anytime I get the opportunity to come out here and be hands-on and interactive with the students, it's fun," said Brees.
The game also includes four lesson plans for teachers. It is available in English and Spanish and has three levels of difficulty. The free game will be distributed to every public middle and high school in Mississippi.