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Brees' visit to small-town Utah prison inspires many

BEAVER, Utah -- Some inmates at the Beaver County
correctional facility had a surprise guest speaker when New Orleans
Saints quarterback Drew Brees showed up at the southern Utah jail
on Friday.

County officials had heard he was coming, but even they were
skeptical.

"I was pretty blown away by the idea that somebody like him
would come to a small town like Beaver, Utah," Sgt. Curt
Heslington of the Beaver County sheriff's department said. "But,
lo and behold, Drew Brees showed up today."

Brees spoke Friday to 124 inmates in the Beaver County
residential treatment program. In a pair of one-hour sessions,
Brees encouraged the inmates with reflections on the trials and
tribulations of his life and career.

"What Drew Brees did for us was incredible," Heslington said.
"He just basically focused on the highs and lows of life. It was
highly motivating, not only for our residents but for me and for
the staff."

In his first season with New Orleans, Brees passed for 4,418
yards and 26 touchdowns, leading the Saints to the NFC title game.

Heslington said Brees signed autographs and posed for pictures
after his speeches, then left town as quietly as he had arrived.

"I think he made a big impact and had a big influence on
everybody," said Wes McMullin, supervisor of the treatment
program. "It was a big shocker to see somebody like that in
Beaver, and I think that meant a lot to our inmates."