Is there anything more to say? The title kind of sums it all up. One Saints fan — we assume distraught over the pared-down Mardi Gras — decided to grieve the retirement of Drew Brees by donning a Darth Vader outfit and makeshift Saints helmet and ride around a pond in a pontoon boat. All the while, performing an interpretive dance to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” while spraying bubbles.
What’s not to get?
Brees, who is a Super Bowl MVP and a statistical top 5 quarterback of all time, announced last week that he’s retiring. Fans have honored the future Hall of Famer in a lot of ways, but this is a true bayou goodbye. It’s unique, full of in-jokes, and completely weird.
And according to NOLA.com, this went on for hours. Earlier, the man was playing AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” Who Dat Nation, we salute you.
Drew Brees Joins New Team Almost Instantly
Drew Brees is walking away from the football field, but he isn’t going far. Only a few days after he announced his retirement, he said he’s joining NBC Sports.
“I am going to be working for NBC,” Brees said on the TODAY show. “I’m part of the team now! A good team.”
“I’m excited about that journey, I’m excited to stay very closely connected to the game of football. It’s been such an important part of my life, and I continue to be able to talk about it, show passion for it and bring my kids around for that ride there as well and let them be part of some of those special moments.”
Brees is charismatic and charming and will make an interesting addition to the NBC Sports team, but he’s already drawing comparisons to Tony Romo on CBS. The former Cowboy’s quarterback joined CBS Sports shortly after retiring and has been able to provide an interesting inside-the-huddle look at the game.
From Field to Broadcast Booth
Brees will be in the booth with Jim Nantz. He said he’s been studying game film of Romo and Troy Aikman on Fox. The hype is high for Brees’ jump to broadcasting, especially since NBC — who inked this deal with Brees more than a year ago — seems to think he’s the next great quarterback analyst.
“If you look at all the great broadcasters…. everyone had their own style,” Brees told USA Today. “What Tony did was he very quickly showed football fans everywhere the way an NFL quarterback can see and process the game. It’s obviously maybe much different than what they’d seen and heard before. Obviously, he’s had a ton of success.
“The best piece of advice I’ve gotten so far when stepping into this business and stepping into the booth is just to be yourself. That’s exactly what Tony’s done.”