Record-setting Saints QB Brees announces retirement at 42
By admin - March 15, 2021
The Drew Brees era with the New Orleans Saints has ended. Here are the highlights:
- Brees, the NFL’s leader in career completions and yards passing, has retired after 20 NFL seasons, including his last 15 with New Orleans.
- “Til the very end I exhausted myself to give everything to the Saints organization, my team and the great city of New Orleans,” Brees said in social media post on Sunday. “We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us,” Brees continued. “I am only retiring from football. I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye.”
- “Over the years his durability and availability is quite amazing. I can recall so many of these different injuries,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “He’s as courageous and as tough a player as I’ve ever been around.”
- Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing with 80,358.
- The Saints currently have one quarterback under contract: Taysom Hill, who went 3-1 as a starter during Brees absence in 2020. New Orleans also is expected to pursue another veteran QB to compete for a starting job, including free agent Jameis Winston, who spent 2020 as a Saints reserve.