LOOK: Zion Williamson meets with Drew Brees at New Orleans Saints training camp

Drew Brees said this summer he was passing the torch to Zion Williamson in New Orleans, and on Friday, he had a chance to remind him.

The Saints were busy at training camp heading into the weekend when Williamson, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA Draft and the driving hope of the rebuilt Pelicans, paid a visit to the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie. While there, the towering hardwood superstar had an in-person encounter with the current face of New Orleans sports, with Brees jogging to the sideline for a handshake with Zion.

Not only did the exchange confirm that Brees is, in fact, kind of short and that Zion is, in fact, rather large, but it also reiterated the fact that the longtime Saints quarterback has the utmost respect for the city's beloved No. 1 pick -- one of the most consistently hyped prospects to enter the NBA since LeBron James in 2003 and Anthony Davis in 2012.

Before officially arriving in New Orleans, Williamson posted a draft-night picture on Instagram that featured a framed Brees jersey in his hotel room. It turns out the jersey was autographed and gifted by Brees himself, complete with his signature note: "To Zion: Passing the torch to you! Who dat!"

Williamson's fellow 2019 Pelicans first-rounder, Jaxson Hayes, was also in attendance at Saints camp and got a handshake from Brees.

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Cody Benjamin joined CBS Sports in 2017 after time spent with SB Nation, various newspapers and his own Eagles outlet. Raised around the Philly sports scene, he now lives in Minnesota with his wife and... Full Bio

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