New Orleans Saints fan Alfred Brock has the perfect gift for a man who has everything

Alfred Brock, left, and his son, Jason, stand beside the trophy he built for Drew Brees.

Nathan Wilson | Reporter
Inspired by the success the Saints have enjoyed over the past decade, Brock created a trophy to present to their quarterback, Drew Brees, upon retirement. The award takes the form of a metal bench emblazoned with Brees’ name, jersey number and career achievements.
About two years ago, Brock dreamt of creating the trophy as a way of celebrating Brees’ accomplishments. “I’m a Saint’s fan and I just picked it up out of the air. I just made it up in my mind,” he says. He started the project two years ago, but he wanted to wait until he was sure Brees wouldn’t throw another pass to finish the project. “Now that he’s retired I can put all his record on there and secure it,” he says.

Brock has been recycling metal and building his metalworking projects on commission for about 15 years at the Pit Stop 76 he owns with his son. “I make a lot of stuff here. I make barbecue pits. I make ornamental signs. I make yard ornaments,” he says. He describes another of his achievements. “I had made a wagon to pull firewood and whatever I wanted to haul on it. The only wagon to ever have a triple axle. It had one in the front and two in back just like an 18 wheeler.” Brock points at the wheels on the trophy’s base. “Part of it is made from junk. The letters and the Fleur de Lis I had to buy.” He hopes to present the gift to Brees before joining him in retirement. The shop will continue to sell tires and rims, but Natchitoches will lose Brock’s stream of metalwork creations.
Brock has collected other odds and ends over the years too, some of which he hopes to donate to the Depot museum in Natchitoches when it opens. He pulls a large metal spike from a storeroom. He describes how it was used in the past to poison hardwood trees before they were harvested. “They would go around the tree like this. Big tree, small tree, it didnt’t matter and this thing would shoot poison under there, under the bark and that would kill the tree.” He rummages through some old notebooks to find a pair of scrapbooks chronicling the rise and fall of the King, aka Elvis Presley.
This article published in the April 28, 2022, print edition

Brock became publicly known for his arrest in 2009 when, excited by Barak Obama’s presidency, he drove to Washington, DC with an heirloom rifle still in his vehicle. “Me not knowing any better, I drove right up to the capitol police station with the rifle in my truck, and naturally they took it and they locked me up for two and a half days,” he says.
Brock is trying to complete his projects and finish some designs before he retires. He points to a work in progress. “This one I’ve got to finish up. I’ve got to put it up on the rack, put some side boxes on it and a table on it.” He objects to most descriptions of his career and offers a humble title. “I’m not an entrepreneur, just a bona fide junk man,” he says. “I have a master?s degree from Southern University in industrial education. I taught school in the parish for about 10 years. I taught at Provencal, Natchitoches Jr. High and Lakeview Jr. High,” he says.