It’s official — NBC has confirmed that Drew Brees will be commentating college football games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2021.
NBC Sports announced dates for all of their Notre Dame football broadcasts on Thursday afternoon. The news confirms the long-awaited rumors that former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees would be joining Mike Tirico and Kathryn Tappen during the network’s weekly coverage of the Fighting Irish.
The official Notre Dame Football Twitter account thanked Brees for making a recent stop by the team’s practice facility.
“Thank you @drewbrees for stopping by our practice today as well as wishing our guys luck in the #NFLDraft,” ND Football wrote alongside a video of Brees. “We can’t wait to team up with you in the fall during our season.”
Drew Brees will be replacing Tony Dungy who called Notre Dame games last year with Tirico. Dungy had previously replaced Doug Flutie.
Drew Brees Watched Notre Dame Play Last Year
Notre Dame games will be broadcast nationally on NBC. There will also be a slew of primetime games including matchups against North Carolina and their west-coast rival, USC. They will also have a tilt against the Purdue Boilermakers, which will hit especially close to home for Brees. The future hall of famer played his college football at Purdue. He walked away with Big Ten Conference records for completions, attempts, and yards.
Brees previously said during Notre Dame Day that he was able to watch the Irish play in some big games in 2020.
“I actually had the chance to watch Notre Dame play quite a bit last year,” Brees said. “Obviously, that big win versus Clemson. I tuned in for the fourth quarter and the two overtimes. To watch the team come up with some really big wins and obviously to put themselves in a position to really make a run at it towards the end.”
The former Saints quarterback also has high hopes for the NFL future of Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book.
“I’m sure he’s got high expectations for the NFL,” Drew Brees explained. “I think his skill set sure carries over. He’s an athletic guy who can run and make plays with his legs. Obviously, he throws the ball very well so I think he’s got a bright future”
The Fighting Irish will be returning back to an independent schedule in 2021. That comes following a brief stint in the ACC.