(CBS News) New Orleans Saints quarterbackwas the MVP of the 44th Super Bowl. Brees went to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and has been credited with helping to bring the city back from the brink and leading his team to a Super Bowl victory in 2010.
The star quarterback won't be taking the field on Super Bowl Sunday but Thursday, he shared his outlook on the game and for his next season with "CBS This Morning."
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick will face off with Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco and for his part, Brees isn't playing favorites but rather, offering advice.
"Certainly they both deserve to be there ... [they] traveled a long road to get there ... they're both playing as well as you could play right now," Brees said, reflecting on the quarterbacks' seasons.
As far as QB advice, Brees said, "Enjoy the moment ... there's a lot of potential distractions ... just try to embrace ... then, narrow down your focus and get ready to play the best game that you can."Saints QB Drew Brees on NFL players and Roger Goodell: "Nobody trusts him"
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Brees also touched on the tough talk he had previously for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell when his team was embroiled in the bounty scandal. At the time, Brees went on record saying "nobody trusts" Goodell, but Thursday, he softened his stance.
"That was in regards to the bounty allegations and accusations which we as an organization, as a team, felt like were very unfair ... While we disagree, all that is behind us now. We are really focused ... ready to move on."
He also stopped short of blaming the Saints' absence from the 2013 Super Bowl on the scandal, saying, "I'm never going to make excuses. We had chances to make the plays and we didn't make them and that's why we're not here. Period."
Brees also addressed growing concern over player health and concussion safety, adding that "health and safety" remain "major concerns" and should be "priority number one." He added that the return-to-play protocols, after a player suffers a head injury, "need to be looked at," and insisted that retired players "suffering from long-term concussion issues" need to be taken care of too.
Ahead of the Super Bowl, Brees said he's not rooting for either team, but is simply looking forward to watching some "good football."