Thousands attend Super Bowl Breakfast in Grapevine
By David Alvey. Photos by Courtney Perry & David Alvey
Feb 17, 2011
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Drew Brees and Bart Starr
Faith. Family. Football. It was a recurring theme at the Athletes in Action (AIA) NFL Super Bowl Breakfast February 5 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. Speaker after speaker…from Bart Starr and Drew Brees to Alicia Landry and Drew Pearson and many others… emphasized that this is the model for success on the gridiron and, more importantly, the formula for a fulfilling life.

“This was a very inspirational and motivational event,” said Tait Cruse, managing partner of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network - The Texas Financial Group, presenting sponsor of the event. “I’m glad I brought my nine-year-old son Carson with me. It’s important for him to see there are successful athletes and businessmen who have their priorities and values straight.”

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was awarded the 2011 AIA Bart Starr Award for outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field and in the community. NFL players from around the League vote on the Bart Starr Award at the same time they cast their Pro Bowl ballots.

“Adversity is in everyone’s life,” said Brees. “As athletes, it might be an injury. For someone else, it might be their job or the economy. Adversity is there to mold you and strengthen you to become who you’re meant to be. Overcoming adversity teaches you to turn a negative into a positive. And that’s how you succeed.”

Former Green Bay Packers greats Bart Starr and Donny Anderson joined former Dallas Cowboys legends Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan and Rayfield Wright to re-live the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Cowboys and Packers, dubbed the “Ice Bowl.” Despite icy roads and freezing temperatures, more than 2,400 people attended the 2011 Super Bowl Breakfast, an NFL sanctioned event hosted by Athletes in Action. The signature event has taken place in the game's host city every year since 1988, drawing sellout crowds to hear from some of the game’s biggest names.

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Tait Cruse, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network-Texas Financial Group - Dallas addresses the crowd
Alicia Landry and Tom Landry, Jr.
1967 Ice Bowl players relive the game
Bart Starr and Bob Lilly
Bob Breunig and Drew Pearson
Patrick Matthews, Hugh McFadden, Stephen Baldwin and Eddie Caldwell
ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen interviews Tim Brown
Former Dallas Cowboy Darren Woodson
Joy, Carson and Tait Cruse with Bart Starr
Drew Brees with Heart of a Champion founder Steve Riach and wife Wendy
Tait, Joy and Carson Cruse with Chris Mortensen
Drew Brees with Loren Hsiao
Bob Lilly signs autographs
Drew Brees with Carson, Joy and Tait Cruse