End of an Era: Drew Brees says farewell to the NFL
On Sunday, the 15-year anniversary of his signing with the Black and Gold, Drew Brees announced his retirement on Instagram, well technically his kids did, but that’s neither here nor there.
The future Pro Football Hall of Famer has a resume that needs more than one page or a really small font as the MVP of Super Bowl 44 with at least 11 major passing records to his name.
The 42-year-old Brees wraps up his illustrious career with 80,358 yards and is second with 571 passing touchdowns behind only Tom Brady.
Despite going out with four straight NFC South titles, Brees and the Saints were never able to replicate the magic from 2009 even though he was willing to keep coming back until they got the job done. “You know, really I’ve approached the last four seasons with that mentality of I’ll just pour everything I have into the season then I’ll give myself at least a little while after the season to soak it in with my family and my wife, Brittany, and then make a very thoughtful decision. But I think going into this season I felt like ‘this was going to be it, and let’s go get it.'”
Effective upon his retirement, Brees will now join NBC Sports in the booth to start the next phase of his life.
Looks like New Orleans might be ready to hand the keys over to Jameis Winston, who re-signed with the Saints on a one-year deal worth up to $12 million per multiple reports.
The base salary has not yet leaked and he’ll have to compete for the starting job with Taysom Hill who agreed to restructure his contract on Sunday.