NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. — Prior to the Sugar Bowl, Texas sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger was sporting a Drew Brees jersey as a salute to his fellow Westlake alum.

Both are former quarterbacks for the Westlake Chaparrals. Brees won the State Championship at Westlake In 1996 wearing #15. Ehlinger followed him 20 years later.

Brees helped lead the New Orleans Saints to the No. 1 seed in the NFL playoffs.

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Ehlinger said he and Brees had communicated in the days leading up to the bowl game.

The Saints tweeted a video with Ehlinger explaining his connection to Brees: