Drew Brees recalls close shaves with Ray Nagin, beads, scissors

Judging from the graphics on the screen, Fox Sports 1 apparently expected to talk to Saints quarterback Drew Brees about how to beat Peyton Manning in a Super Bowl and whom he was picking be NFL champion this year.

But somehow, Brees instead talked about accidentally striking former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin in the noggin with Mardi Gras beads and stabbing him in the hand with a pair of scissors.

About the episodes with Nagin, Brees said: “This guy thought, ‘I’m staying away from this dude. He’s got it out for me.’ ”

Brees is in New York making various television appearances ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, set to be played Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Nagin, mayor from 2002-10, is in the middle of jury selection for his trial on federal corruption charges in New Orleans.

Brees was a guest on Fox Sports 1’s “Super Bowl Daily” on Wednesday evening and had just finished talking about, among other things, his latest trip to the Pro Bowl when reporter Jay Glazer made a strange comment to Brees about how Nagin once thought the Saints quarterback “had a hit out on him.”

Brees was momentarily taken aback, and then he explained to viewers that what Glazer referred to was the time he threw beads at the mayor during the Super Bowl XLIV victory parade in downtown New Orleans in February 2010.

The beads hit Nagin in the head “as he’s trying to give us all a key to the city,” said Brees, who was named MVP of the Super Bowl, New Orleans’ lone major sports championship. Brees and the Saints had triumphed over the Colts, quarterbacked at the time by Manning, who is now with the Broncos and is facing Seattle for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

“I about knocked him out,” Brees, the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, added. Brees needled Glazer about bringing up a story the quarterback had shared with the reporter “in confidence.”

To the benefit of New Orleanians in the city and across America, Glazer didn’t let the matter end there.

The reporter said to Brees: “There’s a second one. And then you almost stabbed him.”

Brees picked it up from there, saying that actually had happened at a ribbon-cutting.

“It was a long pair of scissors,” Brees recounted. “I had (them) in my hand, and the sharp end was sticking out. I went to shake his hand, and I stabbed him in the hand.

“So I pelted him in the head with beads, and I stabbed him in the hand with scissors.”

Brees was scheduled to appear on “Late Night with David Letterman” on Wednesday night; “The Colbert Report” on Thursday night; and “LIVE! With Kelly and Michael” on Friday.

Nagin, meanwhile, stands accused of trading city assets or the promise of them for personal profit.