One of the most successful and illustrious careers in NFL history has come to a close. Drew Brees is saying goodbye to football.
The New Orleans Saints legendary quarterback is hanging up the cleats after playing his first season in the NFL 20 years ago. After a start with the San Diego Chargers, Brees then signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
This is where the 6’0″ quarterback truly reached the highest echelons of the sport. Besides an incredible Super Bowl XLIV title in 2009 that came on the back of the tragic destruction of Hurricane Katrina, he also contributed to most of his records during that time.
He retires as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing completions. Further, he has the highest completion percentage for a single season, with 74.4 percent.
Drew Brees Makes Retirement Announcement
The former Purdue Boilermaker announced the decision on Instagram.
“After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint,” Brees starts. “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,” Brees continued. “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.
While Brees hails from Texas originally, went to school in West Lafayette, Indiana and started his career in New Orleans, he said the one thing isn’t retiring from is the Crescent City.
“I am only retiring from playing football,” Brees said. “I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life‘s work begins!”