Quarterback Drew Brees announced his retirement on the same date that he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent 15 years ago. With his retirement, Brees closes the door on a Hall of Fame 20 year NFL career with both the Chargers and Saints. After signing with the Saints in 2006, Brees took the next step as a quarterback in the NFL and developed into one of the best of all-time. Brees is an exceptional football mind who also has a great way of articulating the game and was an exceptional interviewee. The trend of great football players moving to the television side of the game continues as Drew Brees joins NBC as a studio analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America and Notre Dame Football. “I am going to be working for NBC,” Brees said. “I’m part of the team now! A good team.”
To no surprise, Brees will continue to stay around the game, but this time he is avoiding the grueling nature of the NFL season and the injuries that come along with playing in the NFL.
“I’m excited about that journey, I’m excited to stay very closely connected to the game of football. It’s been such an important part of my life, and I continue to be able to talk about it, show passion for it and bring my kids around for that ride there as well and let them be part of some of those special moments,” Brees said.
Brees History with NBC
Drew Brees is no stranger to the broadcast team at NBC. Throughout his career, Brees and the Saints have played countless games on NBC, the network that puts on Sunday Night Football. Brees will join a team headlined by former head coach Tony Dungy, former great safety Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio. Football Night in America had the coach’s perspective and defensive players’ perspective and with the addition of Brees will have a valuable mind to evaluate the offenses.
After his 20 year NFL career people around the league and fans believed and hoped that Brees would stay around the league in some capacity. For the most part, quarterbacks that join the broadcast side of the NFL have done an exceptional job on television and this is headlined by two former Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Tony Romo.
Drew Brees entered the league out of Purdue University after being drafted in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft 32nd overall by the Chargers. Brees’s career was derailed by injuries and he found a fresh start in 2006 with the Saints who were in desperate need of a quarterback.
The Saints ended up hitting the jackpot with Brees who developed into a Super Bowl-winning, 13-time pro bowl quarterback. Brees ends his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards with 80,358 and second place for the most touchdown passes in NFL history behind Tom Brady with 571.
“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,” Saints owner Gayle Benson said in a statement. “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.”
Brees joined the Saints at the lowest of New Orleans lows and was able to take them on a 15-year journey giving the city and Saints fans some of the best memories. Brees goes down as one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and one of the greatest players in Saints history.
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