Drew Brees announces retirement from NFL 15 years after signing with Saints
Drew Brees is officially hanging it up.
Fifteen years to the day after he originally signed with New Orleans, the Saints quarterback posted a retirement message on his Instagram account.
The following message served as the caption to a video post featuring his kids:
After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football. Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback. Til the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organization, my team, and the great city of New Orleans. We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us. You have molded me, strengthened me, inspired me, and given me a lifetime of memories. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more.
I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life‘s work begins!
Brees was a 15-year team captain and led the Saints to 9 playoff appearances, 7 division titles, including four consecutive from 2017-2020, and the Super Bowl XLIV championship, where he was named MVP.
Out of Purdue, Brees was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the first pick in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft. Brees was a two-time AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, named to 13 Pro Bowls and 5 All-Pro teams, was the 2004 NFL Comeback Player of the Year and the 2006 co-recipient of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award. Overall, in his 20-year NFL career, he played in 287 regular-season games (286 starts) and completed 7,142-of-10,551 passes (67.7%) for 80,358 yards, 571 touchdown passes and a 98.7 passer rating. He set numerous NFL passing records and retires as the league’s all-time leader in passing yardage (80,358) and completions (7,142).
Now, the big question for the Saints is who will be the next franchise QB? New Orleans currently holds the No. 28 pick in the first round. NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah recently said the Saints would be an ideal fit for former Alabama QB Mac Jones. Jeremiah had Jones to the Saints in his February mock draft as well.