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Westlake Football - Westlake at Alice (1995)

Linda Piefer

Sound | 1995

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  •  Alice kicks off to Westlake 
  •  The Chaparrals snap the ball just outside the red zone 
  •  The Coyotes defense sacks Drew Brees on a Westlake first and goal, tearing the quarterback’s left ACL in the process 
  •  Johnny Rogers subs in at quarterback 
  •  Brees receives medical attention on the sidelines 
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Presented by Jim&i Productions, this public access television broadcast captures a 1995 5A high school football playoff game between the Westlake Chaparrals and Alice Coyotes at Alice Memorial Stadium in Alice. This segment captures a consequential drive in the first half, during which Westlake’s junior quarterback Drew Brees tears his left ACL. The injury was a pivotal moment in the future NFL quarterback’s career, not only ending his junior season but also scaring off many college recruiters. With the help of a backup quarterback, the Chaparrals ultimately won the game 42-20. After losing in the quarterfinals, Westlake finished the season with a 12-1-1 record. Brees returned to the field the following year, leading the Chaparrals to a perfect 16-0 record and a 5A State Championship.
Drew Brees (1979 - ) is a NFL quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Born and raised in Austin, he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball at Westlake High School. With Brees at quarterback, the Chaparrals finished the 1996 season with an undefeated 16-0 record and the 5A State Championship. Brees was also honored as the 5A Offensive Player of the Year. Brees’ success on the football field continued at Purdue University, leading the Boilermakers to its first Big Ten Championship in more than 30 years and an appearance at the 2001 Rose Bowl. The two-time Heisman finalist was named the 1998 and 2000 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and 2000 Big Ten Player of the Year. 
In 2001, Brees entered the NFL draft. He played five seasons with the San Diego Chargers before moving to the New Orleans Saints. In 2009, Brees led the team to its most successful season in franchise history. After a record-setting 13-0 start, the Saints advanced to its first-ever Super Bowl appearance at Super Bowl XLIV. New Orleans defeated the favored Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Completing 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions, Brees was named the 2009 Super Bowl MVP. 
Brees has received several other honors during his professional football career, including 2004 Comeback Player of the Year, 2006 All-Pro Team, 2006 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, 2008 and 2011 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, 2009 Bert Bell Award, and 2018 Art Rooney Award. He also holds the NFL record for most career passing yards, most career pass completions, and most touchdown passes in a game, among others.