Drew Brees reveals he can no longer throw ball right-handed
Drew Brees is enjoying retirement, but there are some things he can’t do anymore.
One of those things, for example, is not being able to throw with his right hand. Brees shared the news on Tuesday’s edition of Greeny.
Brees can now only throw with his left hand when he’s in the backyard with his family.
“Look, I’ll let you in on a little fact,” said Brees. “I don’t throw with my right arm anymore. My right arm does not work. So, when I throw in the backyard right now, I throw left-handed.”
Brees noted that the shoulder injury he suffered in 2005 increased his chances of a degenerative shoulder and “all kinds of arthritic changes.”
However, Brees said that if he was able to throw with his right hand he would still be playing.
Brees played in the NFL from 2001-2020. He was drafted out of Purdue in the 2001 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Brees was eventually traded to the New Orleans Saints in 2006, where he had his best years, including a Super Bowl XLIV victory.
During that final 2020 season, Brees had 2,942 yards passing and 24 touchdowns. He led New Orleans to the Divisional Round of the playoffs before being eliminated by Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brees finished as one of the NFL’s most decorated passers. He 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.