Given the stupid-cold temperatures in Minneapolis this past week, the last thing the city is expecting right now is visitors – especially from three stars of the NFL.
Nonetheless, recently retired New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was spotted in the city this week along with his fellow Saint, linebacker Demario Davis, and Buffalo Bills cornerback Josh Norman.
Their visit included a stop at the Minneapolis American Indian Center for a meeting with the Little Earth Urban Farm, which is one of the organizations supported by Shield 1 – Impact Investing, a nonprofit supported by Demario Davis that works to reduce racial disparities.
During the visit, Brees also posted on his Instagram that he'd made a stop at Mama Sheila's House of Soul restaurant at 38th and Bloomington.
This was either before or after the trio made a stop at the George Floyd Memorial at 38th and Chicago, the scene of Floyd's death during his arrest by Minneapolis Police Department.
Brees found himself apologizing last summer in the wake of Floyd's death, as he reiterated his stance that he didn't agree with players' kneeling during the national anthem, a movement started by Colin Kaepernick to call for ending racial injustice.
He apologized the following day to his teammates, New Orleans, the Black community and "anyone I hurt with my comments."
Minneapolis was, of course, also the scene of one of Brees' and Davis' lowest professional moments, as they were on the Saints team that lost in the "Minneapolis Miracle" at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2018.