Brees explains fleur-de-lis

February, 3, 2010
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MIAMI -- You’ll see a lot of the fleur-de-lis this week. It is, after all, the Saints’ logo.

But what does the fleur-de-lis really mean? Let’s turn to New Orleans quarterback/historian Drew Brees for the answer.

“The fleur-de-lis symbol dates back to the French monarchy. So much of New Orleans’ culture comes from the time when we were under French rule. That’s just a big part of the culture. It’s a big part of what New Orleans is all about. So when you look at that symbol, it is the symbol of the city. It’s just like when you look at the American flag when you sing the National Anthem and you stare at it, it makes you well up with pride a little bit. When we see the fleur-de-lis, it makes us well up with pride.”

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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