- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Drew Brees is an icon in New Orleans, but he’s not viewed the same way in some other places.
Brees, who has been active in the NFL Players Association, drew some strong criticism from retired player Phil McConkey.
"I know he's canonized, and people think he's great,’’ McConkey said. “If he got in front of a group of ex-players, I don't know what would happen. ... It's disgusting, but that's some of the mentality that's around."
McConkey said Brees and other current players have shown a lack of respect for former players, who have struggled after retirement.
“There are some guys today that have absolutely no clue and that run their mouths,’’ McConkey said. “And Drew Brees is one of them.’’