Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger walks the field with offensive coordinator Tim Beck before the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in New Orleans. Ehlinger wore a high school jersey of Westlake High School graduate and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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LOOK: Sam Ehlinger arrives at Superdome wearing Drew Brees’ high school jersey

Posted January 1st, 2019

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NEW ORLEANS — Ahead of Texas’ meeting with Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Sam Ehlinger paid homage to the quarterback who calls the Superdome his home.

Ehlinger arrived at the Superdome on Tuesday wearing the high school jersey of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. Ehlinger and Brees, of course, both attended Austin’s Westlake High. Wearing No. 15, Brees led Westlake to its only state title in 1996.

During an availability with the media this past Saturday, Ehlinger was asked about his relationship with Brees. Ehlinger once attended camps run by Brees. Of Brees, Ehlinger said “I really value and idolize his throwing motions, accuracy and how quickly he gets the ball out. I think being around him and how quickly he gets the ball out and how tight his mechanics are, is something that has helped me to understand to continue to be a better quarterback.”

“I think that he is, obviously, a Hall-of-Famer,” Ehlinger said. “There is a lot to be said that we went to the same high school. I think that is really cool that I am able to do that. I have pride in the fact that I went to his high school and to be able to play in the Superdome where he has absolutely gone off and set records and done those things for the Saints organization. It is really cool.”

A sophomore, Ehlinger has thrown for 3,123 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. He has also rushed for 13 touchdowns.

UPDATE (9:20 p.m.): Brees responded to Ehlinger’s gesture with a tweet saying that he was rooting for his fellow Westlake graduate.

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