It’s an END of an ERA! Drew Brees announces his RETIREMENT after 20 seasons!
“After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football,” he said in a caption paired with an adorable video featuring his four kids revealing the news.
“Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback,” he continued. “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, 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.”
The timing of his announcement is also very special. According to NBC Sports, it was 15 years ago today that joined the Saints, after the Miami Dolphins decided not to sign him.
“My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more,” he concluded. “I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life‘s work begins!”
Brees attended Purdue University where he was a three-year starter and broke multiple records in the league, becoming one of the most decorated players in the history of the universally and Big Ten Conference according to Purdue.
Following his success in college, Brees was drafted by the San Diego Chargers where he played until 2005. After his time with the Chargers, he signed with the New Orleans Saints where he remained until his retirement. During his time in New Orleans, Brees had 14 record-setting seasons, which included their only Super Bowl win in 2010 where they defeated the Indianapolis Colts. Throughout the years, he’s been decorated with a variety of awards, including the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award, Best NFL Player ESPY Award, and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2010.
Congrats to a JOB well done!