Re: It was 10 years ago…
1. San Diego gave up on Brees BEFORE that injury. (Rivers was drafted in 2004, prior to the shoulder injury).
2. One of the reasons that Saban left, was because he wanted to gamble on Brees, but the GM wanted the "safer" free agent (Culpepper). That rift (& lack of decision-making) is the "real" reason that many think that Saban was so quick to leave the NFL... and go back to college, where he had complete control over players & personnel.
And, yep: if not for Dan Rooney, Shawn Andrews would have been the eleventh pick that year.