Report: Drew Brees Expected to Retireby Andersen Pickard January 3, 2021 2 comments
After 20 incredible seasons, Drew Brees is retiring.
A surefire Hall of Famer, Brees has graced football fields for parts of three decades, orchestrating a successful career between the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. He is expected to exchange his cleats for a microphone after the 2020 season comes to an end, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The leaguewide expectation is that #Saints QB Drew Brees will officially retire after the season is over, per @AdamSchefter. Brees signed a broadcasting deal with NBC in April, and after going through a season that included 11 fractured ribs, Brees is likely done playing.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 3, 2021
An Unforgettable Career
Brees will finish with 287 career appearances, assuming he takes the field in Week 17. He enters Sunday at 171-114 with an additional 8-8 record in the playoffs. The former second-round pick has 80,157 career passing yards, 568 touchdowns, and just 243 interceptions. He is a 13-time Pro Bowler and one-time First-Team All-Pro. His career features various other accolades, including two Offensive Player of the Year titles and one Super Bowl ring.
Back in April, just weeks after signing a two-year extension with the Saints, Brees inked a contract with NBC that gave his broadcasting rights to the network. A football mastermind, Brees will take his talents to the broadcast booth as soon as he retires.
While Brees continues to play at a high level, he turns 42 years old on Jan. 15 and has taken a beating this season. Brees fractured 11 ribs earlier in the season, and while he returned after a few weeks of being sidelined, football is clearly taking a toll on the veteran.
Drew Brees is a true competitor who will forever remain in the top tier of NFL quarterbacks.
The Saints take on the Carolina Panthers in Week 17 and have already locked up a playoff spot. A win coupled with a win from the Seattle Seahawks and a loss by the Green Bay Packers would give New Orleans a first-round bye. Any other scenario would put the Saints in line to play next Saturday or Sunday.
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