No quarterback fires his team up more than Drew Brees with his legendary chant to fellow Saints before they sprint out to the field for the opening kickoff. It's second only to Ray Lewis pregame dance in intensity and creativity.
But No. 9's New Orleans tradition has gotten a face lift this season.
Brees, MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, has said the original ritual was inspired after a visit to U.S. Marines serving at Guantanamo Bay. The chant has been a viral hit on YouTube with one version reaching 899,665 views as of Thursday morning.
But a new season has brought a new pregame battle cry. Brees debuted his new chorus on opening night against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, and we must say the upgrade is even catchier.
The NFL released the video of the new chant on the web this week.
Take a look, first at the latest chant...
Brees New Pregame Chant:
Brees Old Pregame Chant:
Brees passed for 419 yards and three touchdowns in the loss to Green Bay, but figures to have New Orleans contending for an NFC title again this season.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection was named AP Male Athlete of the year in 2010 following the Saints surprising Super Bowl win. Brees was also appointed by President Obama as co-chair of the Presidents Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2010.