NEW ORLEANS SAINTS QUARTERBACK DREW BREES AND HIS WIFE BRITTANY REVEAL $1 MILLION COMMITMENT TO HURRICANE SANDY RELIEF ON THE CBS NEWS SPECIAL "PERSON TO PERSON"
SEE HOW THE SUPER BOWL MVP SCRAMBLES - OFF THE FIELD - TO KEEP UP WITH THREE YOUNG SONS
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany's Brees Dream Foundation will commit $1 million to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Northeast they reveal on the next edition of CBS News' special PERSON TO PERSON to be broadcast Nov. 23, 2012 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"We want to be able to give back what's been given to us," Drew Brees tells co-hosts Charlie Rose and Lara Logan on PERSON TO PERSON. The couple also say their foundation will infuse $2 million into the New Orleans community before the Super Bowl in February.
In a wide-ranging interview, Drew and Brittany give viewers a tour of their New Orleans home, where they share their thoughts about the city, football, their foundation and family.
The Brees bought their home in 2006 and just completed their third renovation. "I'm having everything Scotchgarded," says Brittany. "Come back in like two months and there'll be crayon on the wall�stains on the couches."
During the tour they share personal family photos and, sports memorabilia. Brees told Rose and Logan he had wanted to be a professional baseball player. His hero is Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Over time Brees has acquired some of the Williams' personal items such as his flight logs from World War II. Brees says he respects Williams' "mindset in regards to serving his country."
"I'm truly a fan," Brees adds. "It's why I wear the number 9."
Drew and Brittany introduce their three sons - Baylen, Bowen and Callen - all under the age of 4. Brees agreed that family dwarfs football in their house. "There's nothing like being a father. It's the greatest thing in the world�it puts everything in perspective."
Viewers will also see that while Drew can control things on the football field, his control over his team at home isn't always as sure. "It's a lot of testosterone in the house," says Brittany over the shrieks of the kids.
Drew also discusses the "Bountygate" scandal, in which the NFL penalized the team for allegedly paying bonuses to team members who injured players on rival teams. The scandal resulted in coach Sean Payton being suspended for a year.
Calling Payton a friend and mentor, Drew Brees says the team is carrying on. "We try to remain as positive as possible and really think about the season and the team and winning, 'cause I know that's what he would want us to do," he says.
He adds that there have been a lot of "false accusations" made about the existence of bounties. "That was never the case and it's yet to be proven," Brees says. "Unfortunately, I think the perception has kind of become reality in that regard. But I think all that will come out in due time and these guys will be vindicated."
Brees says New Orleans has embraced him and his family. "We feel so loyal and so tied to the city." Adds Brees, "It's a very unique place. But if you love New Orleans, it'll love you back."
The visit with the Brees family will be presented alongside interviews with Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas on the CBS News special, PERSON TO PERSON, to be broadcast on the CBS Television Network Nov. 23, 2012.
Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard are the co-executive producers of PERSON TO PERSON. Chris Young Ritzen and Peter Shaw are the producers.
OSCAR WINNER SEAN PENN HAS GONE FROM A CALIFORNIA HOME TO LIVING IN A PLYWOOD CUBICLE AS PART OF HIS MISSION TO REBUILD HAITI HE TELLS CHARLIE ROSE ON THE CBS NEWS SPECIAL "PERSON TO PERSON"
Oscar winner Sean Penn could be living comfortably in California, but for half his time he trades comfort for a tiny plywood cubicle not wider than a prison cell in a Haiti group home for aid workers where he's committed to helping victims of a 2010 earthquake, he tells Charlie Rose in an interview for the CBS News special PERSON TO PERSON to be broadcast Nov. 23, 2012 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Penn was moved to help Haiti after seeing a January 2010 news report on the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country. At the time he had just gone through a divorce from Robin Wright Penn and uncertain what he would do next. He was horrified by the Civil War-like medical techniques being used on victims. "Here's an aspirin and now I'm gonna cut your arm off with a hardware store hacksaw," he recalls. "That was happening."
Previously, his son had suffered a traumatic brain injury and Penn remembered how morphine helped alleviate the pain. He couldn't imagine the suffering of those in Haiti without it. "And something just clicked," Penn tells Rose. "Haiti earthquake, amputations on children and others with no IV medications. And the joke I've always made is that an actor in Hollywood knows where to find narcotics, but not bulk narcotics."
Penn called well-connected friends for what he thought would be a short mission to Haiti to deliver medicine and medical personnel. What resulted would be a life-changing effort to help others in ways he never could have imagined.
"When you look down a city block of devastation and you see the pain and the death, you feel like, I can fix this," he says of his first impressions. He realized it was bigger than that after taking a helicopter tour. "It wasn't about fixing it anymore, it was about helping as much as you could."
In the first year he rarely left Haiti. Penn created the Haitian Relief Organization he's named J/P HRO, which now provides free medical services to about 8,000 patients a month. He's also launching schools, a community center and hiring Haitians to build homes to replace their damaged ones.
He lives with upwards of 20 people in the same house. In the kitchen hangs a sign that reads, "Please don't take seconds until everybody has eaten. Thank you." A lone white suit hangs in his room, a necessity for his role as an Ambassador-at-Large of Haiti.
Working in Haiti has given Penn a chance to work muscles he knew he had, but hadn't had a chance to exercise in a long time.
"It's all lessons of surfing, I think," Penn tells Rose. "I know when I'm in the right position to catch a wave and I know when I'm not. And I knew I was in a place where I can do something."
Penn has spent millions of his own money on his work in Haiti. "Money's not even the answer how to fix this place," Penn tells Rose. "Belief in it. Where is the courageous company with any kind of social responsibility that is going to serve both the United States' interests and the Haitian human interest by bringing investment to this country, with all its magic possibilities? Where are these companies? Shame on those who aren't giving it a go."
Rose's visit with Penn will be presented alongside interviews with Grammy winner Alicia Keys, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, and Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas on the CBS News special, PERSON TO PERSON, to be broadcast on the CBS Television Network Nov. 23, 2012. Rose and Lara Logan are the co-hosts.
Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard are the co-executive producers of PERSON TO PERSON. Patti Aronofsky and Magalie Laguerre are the producers.
GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ALICIA KEYS TELLS CBS NEWS' "PERSON TO PERSON" MOTHERHOOD HAS CHANGED HER PERSPECTIVE ON EVERYTHING AND THAT THE PRESSURE OF FAME NEARLY BROKE HER
KEYS TELLS LOGAN HER NEW CD IS ABOUT "FINDING WHAT YOU FEEL AND FEEL PASSIONATE ABOUT"
Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys says motherhood has changed her in multiple ways and that the pressure of fame nearly broke her, in a wide-ranging interview with Lara Logan to be broadcast on the CBS News special PERSON TO PERSON, Nov. 23, 2012 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Keys takes Logan on a tour of her home away from home, her personal recording studio, she calls "The Oven," and gives Logan a private concert of songs from her new CD, "Girl on Fire." There, in the comfort of her studio, Keys shares thoughts on motherhood, marriage and her life's journey.
Keys tells Logan how she struggled with fame and how deeply the death of her beloved grandmother impacted her life. "It was definitely becoming very overwhelming," she tells Logan. "I wasn't very happy� I wasn't feeling very complete," Keys says. "It definitely� was a different, new, strange world for sure, " she adds. "I needed to lighten my load a lot. And I needed to reconnect with my own self, 'cause I didn't know who I was anymore."
She found herself after a soul-searching trip to Egypt. She's now married to producer and hip-hop artist, Swizz Beatz. They have a son named Egypt.
Motherhood, she tells Logan, changes everything. "Perspectives change. I think priorities change. I mean I was such a different person seven years ago. Nothing would stop me from traipsing from here to London to LA and back to London to LA in three days and not sleep and go. And it was, I just thought, that was everything... But to have time to spend with my family and to have my son, it's like perspectives change a bit. It's like hold up, let's not kill ourselves here."
Her new CD marks a change musically, Keys tells Logan, adding she still has so much more to try with her craft. "Girl on Fire," she says, "is really about�being yourself� It's about finding what you feel and feel passionate about, finding your path to getting there. And not just being deterred, not being swayed from that. It's really just being who you are."
Her latest work is "a new space" for her, she says. "It's a new mentality for me. It's a new day for me� and a time. I really feel a lot more centered than I've ever felt before. And I feel a lot more clear and in control. I feel like I know what I want and I know what I don't want."
Logan's full visit with Keys will be presented on the CBS News special, PERSON TO PERSON, to be broadcast on the CBS Television Network Nov. 23, 2012. Logan and Charlie Rose are the co-hosts. Also on the program are New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn and Olympic gold medalist gymnast Gabby Douglas.
Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard are the co-executive producers of PERSON TO PERSON. Patti Aronofsky and Chris Young Ritzen are the producers.
OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST GABBY DOUGLAS GIVES VIEWERS AN INSIDE LOOK AT HER HOME ON THE ROAD AND SHARES THOUGHTS ABOUT WINNING, ON THE CBS NEWS SPECIAL PERSON TO PERSON
DOUGLAS ON WINNING: "I ALWAYS DREAMED ABOUT BEING ON THE TOP OF THE PODIUM. BUT IT'S NOT AN EASY LIFE."
Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas gives viewers an inside tour of her home on the road and shares her thoughts about winning, on the next CBS News special, PERSON TO PERSON to be broadcast Nov. 23, 2012 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
For the past three months, Douglas has been traveling with some of her fellow Olympians as part of a national gymnastics tour. The PERSON TO PERSON team caught up with Douglas at a stop in Hartford, CT. Being on tour, she says, "we definitely feel like rock stars, people coming up to us, asking us for autographs and pictures."
Gabby takes viewers on a tour of the bus that she and some of the other gymnasts have been living in for the last three months. The quarters are tight - but Gabby takes it in stride.
The teammates also recently visited the White House where they met President Obama, who Douglas says was funny. "I just remember we walk in and we all stood like this, so proper. And he was just like, �Guys, relax, calm down, you don't have to stand in a straight line,'" Douglas says. "We even had a cookie in the White House, which is so good. And I found a quarter in the floor in the White House. It was pretty awesome."
At the Summer Olympics in London, Douglas became the first African American gymnast to win the all-round gold medal.
"I always dreamed about being on the top of the podium," she says. "But it's not an easy life. It is very tough. The sacrifices, the injuries you have to go through, the struggles."
She credits her mom, Natalie, for being by her side. Indeed, her mother let Gabby move 1,200 miles from home to train with one of the nation's top coaches.
"Everyone that wants to accomplish their dream, or follow their dream," she says, "I would just say don't ever stop - don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't - because you really can."
Douglas' interview will be presented alongside interviews with Oscar winner Sean Penn, Grammy winner Alicia Keys and New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees and his wife Brittany on the CBS News special PERSON TO PERSON to be broadcast Nov. 23, 2012 on the CBS Television Network. Charlie Rose and Lara Logan are the co-hosts.
Susan Zirinsky and Judy Tygard are the co-executive producers of PERSON TO PERSON. Liza Finley and Sarah Prior are the producers. David Franklin is the editor.