Future Hall of Famer Drew Brees announces retirement

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has announced his retirement. He played 20 NFL seasons.

Brees played his first five seasons with the San Diego Chargers. He played the last 15 seasons with the Saints.

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the 2021 Wild Card Round game
Drew Brees celebrates a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the 2021 Wild Card Round game (Photo by the New Orleans Saints/Instagram)

His retirement announcement came on the 15th anniversary of the day he signed with the Saints. His kids announced his retirement.

“Drew is so much more valuable than all the records, awards, and accolades that he amassed through a 15-year career with the New Orleans Saints and 20-year NFL playing career, one of the greatest in our league’s history,” Owner Gayle Benson said. “When Drew first joined the Saints in 2006, my late husband Tom was determined to deliver a team to New Orleans that would win a championship on the field and become a leader in the community following the setbacks that Hurricane Katrina dealt our region. Over and above his outstanding performance, Drew came to represent the resolve, passion, and drive that resonates not only with Saints fans and football fans but our entire community. He played the game and played the position at its highest level, but just as important represented our organization and region in the highest fashion.

“We will forever be grateful to him for what he brought to our club and the entire Gulf South community, showing everybody what can be accomplished by putting our sleeves up and showing leadership, determination, and hard work. As we grew as a region and as a football team, it was also a pleasure to watch him grow as a husband to Brittany and become a father to four incredible children.”

With his retirement, Brees will join NBC Sports. He’ll also get to spend more time with his young children.

This past season, he appeared in 12 games, including 12 starts. He missed several weeks due to a rib injury.

As a starter, he went 9-3. The Austin, Texas native went 275 of 390 for 2,942 yards. He threw 24 touchdown passes and had six interceptions.

In his career, the future Hall of Famer made 287 appearances, including 286 starts. He went 172-114 as a starter.

He has gone 7,142 of 10,551 for 80,358 yards. Brees has thrown 571 touchdown receptions and 243 interceptions.

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