Tom Krasovic: Drew Brees' thank-you list should include A.J. Smith, oddly enough

SAN DIEGO — Drew Brees calling it a career last week brought to mind A.J. Smith’s decision to choose Philip Rivers over Brees, not once but twice. The day Brees goes into the Pro Football Hall of Fame he’ll probably laud the late John Butler for taking him in the 2001 NFL Draft, but if he also thanked Smith, too, it wouldn’t be without merit. That’s not a criticism of Smith but acknowledgment of the great simpatico enjoyed by Brees, the football Saints coached by a former San Diego State position coach named Sean Payton and the city of New Orleans. Smith did Brees a favor when he opted for Riv…

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