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Drew Brees, wife Brittany to donate $5M to aid Louisiana during coronavirus pandemic

Sporting News — (Zac Al-Khateeb)

Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, have committed $5 million to the state of Louisiana to aid during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The $5 million represents 20 percent of Brees' 2020 salary. That, according to his Instagram post, will be used in conjunction with several organizations — Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr — to prepare more than 10,000 meals for those in need.

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Louisiana has 1,946 confirmed cases of COVID-19, per the CDC's latest figures. The state is currently under a stay-at-home order issued by Gov. John Bel Edwards until April 12.

The spread of the coronavirus has affected Brees personally, as Saints coach Sean Payton is one of several sports figures who has tested positive for the viral disease.

Brees isn't the only prominent Louisiana sports figure trying to provide aid during the pandemic, either. LSU coach Ed Orgeron delivered a "game plan" to help stem the spread of COVID-19, and New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson pledged to cover the salaries of all workers at New Orleans' Smoothie King Center over a month-long period.