After 20 NFL seasons, the last 15 of which were spent with the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees has decided to call it a career. The quarterback has retired from professional football by saying that this is not a goodbye, rather a new beginning.
On Sunday, Brees, 42-year-old quarterback, announced that he had played his last competitive game. He was a 13-time Pro Bowler, one-time Super Bowl champion, and perennial record holder. Brees announced his retirement on the 15th anniversary of his signing with the Saints.
Some assumed that in the Saints’ divisional-round playoff loss to the Buccaneers, Brees would announce his retirement immediately. He waited for about two months and announced his retirement with a post on his Instagram account. In the post, his children showed their excitement over the news.
Brees posted that in his 20 years of professional football and 15 years as a Saint, it’s time he stepped away from the sport. He went on to say that rather than saying goodbye to New Orleans, he is only retiring from playing football. It’s a new beginning, an opportunity to put his life’s work into practice!
In January, Brees hinted that he might retire following the loss to Tampa Bay in the playoffs. It was Saint’s fourth consecutive playoff and third straight playoff loss at home.
After the loss, Brees expressed his professionalism by saying that he has always played the game with total respect and great reverence. He explained how playing the game has come with incredible memories, from coming off an injury and having to deal with the COVID-19 impacts on the NFL. He believes last season created worth memories for playing the game that he loves the most.
With his accomplishments in the NFL, Brees will go down in history as one of the most accomplished signal-callers in its history. He achieved a second-round draft pick with the San Diego Chargers in 2001 before becoming one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history in passing yards and completion percentage. He also won the Super Bowl XLIV MVP, two Offensive Player of the Year awards, and five All-Pro honors.
In his first five seasons with the Chargers, Brees reached his peak in 2004 with 27 touchdowns, helping lead San Diego to a 12-4 season. In the end, though, his legacy will be defined by his 15-year run in New Orleans, where he earned arguably the best QB production of any QB in the entire NFL after coming off a season destroyed by a torn labrum.
Over the last decade (from 2006-2018), Brees missed just two starts while playing for the Saints. He led the league in passing yards seven times, topped the 5,000-yard mark five times, and threw at least 30 touchdowns ten times. He missed five games in 2019 and another four in 2020 due to injuries during his last two seasons with New Orleans Saints.
During Sean Payton’s tenure as coach, Drew Brees was arguably the driving force behind New Orleans’ postseason consistency. In 2009, he led the Saints to a Super Bowl victory that marked their first-ever Super Bowl victory after defeating the Colts.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.