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Video: Drew Brees speaks out against bullies

Drew Brees is a hero in New Orleans and beyond.

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Bravo to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who delivered an anti-bullying message that aired on the "Ellen" show this week. Brees is speaking out after a rash of suicides among gay teens, many the victims of bullies (of course, not all victims of bullies are gay but LGBT teens are a very at-risk group). See video below.

The text of Brees' message:

If you think that making fun of someone is harmless, you're wrong. If you think it's OK to do because everyone else is doing it, you're wrong. Bullying has to stop, and it has to start with you.

I want my fans to know that if you're making fun of someone because they're different, then you are no friend of mine. And if you are being bullied and you feel like no one supports you, I want you to know that there is support. I support you. Making fun of someone because they're different from you? That's not being tough, it's being ignorant. Appreciate people for how they are different from you: That's what it takes to be a friend."

Related: MMA fighter stands up to bullies.

Hat tip to Pro Football Talk.