Brees to receive Tulane President's Medal

Tulane will honor Saints quarterback Drew Brees with a President’s Medal at the university’s 2014 commencement ceremony the morning of May 17, the school announced Friday.

The award will recognize the former Super Bowl MVP’s work with the Brees Dream Foundation, which has donated more than $20 million to charitable causes and academic institutions in New Orleans, where he’s played since 2006; San Diego, where his NFL career began in 2001; and West Lafayette, Ind., where he attended Purdue in college.

The medal will also laud Brees’ on-field merits. Aside from leading the Saints to their sole Super Bowl championship less than five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and helping the team capture three division titles, he is the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 5,000 yards in four separate seasons. No other league quarterback has had more than one such season.

The ties between Tulane and the Saints are well-documented. Notably, former Payton assistant Curtis Johnson is the Green Wave’s head football coach; former Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin is one of Brees’ backups; and ex-Tulane QB coach Mike Neu is now the Saints’ QB coach.

Another President’s Medal recipient at Tulane’s commencement will be renowned jazz clarinetist and university alum Michael White. The President’s Medal recognizes individuals who have contributed to the well-being of New Orleans.

Meanwhile, Tulane will also hand honorary degrees to Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian, World Bicycle Relief founder F.K. Day and musician Wynton Marsalis at the ceremony.

Saints Hall of Fame to host May benefits

The 23rd annual edition of the Saints Hall of Fame golf tournament, which has proceeds benefitting the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame, will be May 19.

Meanwhile, officials have set a Hall of Fame reception and auction for May 18 that will do the same.

The Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic will start May 19 at 9 a.m. at Chateau Golf and Country Club in Kenner. Participants are supposed to include Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis, Saints players, assistant coaches, team Hall of Fame inductees and other team alums.

Restaurants and caterers will be at all 18 holes, at the check-in area and at a post-event awards ceremony, the Saints said.

Groups of five — four individuals plus a Saints celebrity — can participate for a cost of $1,500; or it’s $1,200 for a foursome, the team said. Individuals are $300, and everything is on a first-come, first-serve basis. All participants will receive a Saints golf shirt and cap.

Checks as well as the names and contact information of participants can be mailed to the Saints Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 640394; Kenner, LA, 70064-0394.

As for the Fox 8 Saints Hall of Fame Reception/Auction, that will be May 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the team indoor facility and cafeteria off Airline Drive in Metairie. Pigeon Caterers, Impastato’s Restaurant and Bud Light will provide all-you-can-eat food and drink at the event, and patrons will have the chance to take pictures with Payton, the Super Bowl XLIV trophy and others.

There will be about 20 auction items, among them Saints memorabilia, tickets to upcoming games, sideline passes, jerseys and a restaurant package.

The cost is $50, and it’s payable by check to the aforementioned mailing address.

The Saints Hall of Fame is located at Gate B on the Plaza Level of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. For more information, call Ken Trahan at 504.471.2192 or email kentrahan@aol.com.