Drew Brees is retired and that’s it. The former New Orleans Saints quarterback and then San Diego Chargers will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and television booth in the coming season.
As training camp approaches, Brees spoke to NBC Sports host and play-by-play broadcaster Mike Tirico, who was Peter King’s guest columnist on Monday. Tirico asked if Brees could actually return during the season to replace injuries.
Brees basically ruled out a return to football on the pitch in 2021.
“If that’s the case, I’d better get my bum pumping” Brees said about the FMIA column written by Tirico. “There is a saying that if you don’t use it, you lose it. That’s the truth, my arm is killing me for not having trained to throw. I actually feel worse now than at any other point in my career. I might have a litter, a series, a drive. “
A veteran quarterback made headlines with his retirement and late comebacks: Brett Favre.
Favre had a wild retirement history. When it looked like he was finally stepping down after the 2007 season, he wanted to come back. But with the Packers firmly into the Aaron Rodgers era, Favre was traded to the New York Jets and had a productive season in his only year with the team before slipping in the late season.
Favre retired, but then opted for one more season and eventually signed a deal with the Minnesota Vikings, bringing the team to the 2009 NFC Championship while having one of the best seasons of his career. Favre struggled with injuries and struggles during his final season in 2010, which resulted in his final retirement from football.
During that 2009 season, Favre finished with 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 68.4% completion percentage.
Brees is moving into the next phase of his career as a broadcaster for NBC, where he will be doing studio work and working with Tirico on Notre Dame football matches as a color analyst.
“I felt the time was right,” said Brees of his retirement. “Twenty years in the NFL, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I could play that long or achieve what we could. At the same time, I think the opportunity to work with NBC and be involved in both college and the NFL game is still fueling that passion for the game and that love of the game and is just being redirected in a different way. At the same time it gives me the time with my family that I want and want … “
In his career, Brees won a Super Bowl in 2009, ending with 80,358 yards (the most all-time), 571 touchdowns (second all-time), 243 interceptions, and a 67.7% completion percentage.
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The New Orleans Saints are slated to open the 2021 regular season at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 p.m. ET.