Texas Rangers: Drew Brees sporting spiffy Nolan Ryan playoff cleats
By Seth Carlson
One of the New Orleans Saints’ QB’s favorite baseball players was Texas Rangers legend Nolan Ryan.
You might not have had a reason to find yourself invested in the NFL’s Super Wild Card weekend, especially if your team didn’t make the tournament at all.
So why not throw your support behind a legendary future hall of famer in Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is wearing an extra special pair of cleats in his playoff matchup against the Chicago Bears on Sunday?
Well, because those extra special cleats only have a picture of Texas Rangers‘ great Nolan Ryan on them.
We know why. Drew Brees loved the big Ranger righty. And what baseball fan in the DFW area wouldn’t love the Ryan Express after all he managed to accomplish for the Texas Rangers?
No. 34 will always have a special place in the franchise’s history, but he apparently also has one in the Saints’ QB’s heart.
Drew Brees and Texas Rangers fans share a mutual admiration of Nolan Ryan.
Brees, soon to be 42-years-old and likely playing in his last NFL season after an illustrious 20 year career spent between the then-San Diego Chargers and the New Orleans Saints, hails from Dallas and went to Westlake High School in Austin, where he lead his team to a 16-0 season and won a High School State Championship.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback was a huge baseball fan growing up, as evidenced by the cleats he will sport in Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game.
With Ken Griffey Jr., Satchel Paige and Ted Williams also appearing on No. 9’s cleats, it’s clear he has great baseball knowledge and taste.
At one point, the former second round pick of the Chargers in 2001 was considering the possibility of playing baseball in college rather than football, but ultimately chose the latter due to Purdue University offering him a football scholarship.
While we don’t know whether Brees was/is a Texas Rangers fan, he does comes from from the DFW area and we now know he loved Nolan Ryan and baseball.
And as far as we’re concerned, that’s reason enough to pull for him in this year’s NFL playoffs.