New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds 61 NFL records, including most completions (468) and passing yards (5,476) in a single season. But in his free time, the Uptown resident shuns the gridiron in favor of exploring his adopted hometown's world-famous Louisiana Creole kitchens. "Friday night is date night for me and my wife," he says, "and we have our spots." We caught up with the Super Bowl XLIV MVP at Samsung's Hope for Children benefit, where he shared his first-choice chophouse, oyster haunt, and – who could possibly forget – his go-to Nawlins sno-ball truck. Launch Gallery >>
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Corky's Ribs and BBQ
The NFL's 17-week season is grueling, filled with injuries, unexpected trades, and, for the Saints, biannual road trips to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Tampa Bay. But for the Cajun Kids, at least one thing is set in stone – a BBQ lunch every Friday. "It's our tradition," says Brees. "We reward ourselves with Corky's BBQ." So what does the league's reigning Offensive Player of the Year have delivered? "The barbecue beef sandwich, plus a sausage and the potato salad," he says. "Then I go and study game tape for three hours."
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