Drew Brees Retirement

Dylan Ferry, Sports

Drew Brees, the legendary quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, retired four days ago on March 14, 2021. After winning one Super Bowl in 2010 against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami, Florida he won Super Bowl MVP. 

It all started back in 2001 when the San Diego Chargers selected Brees with the 33rd pick of the draft out of Purdue. Drew Brees was replacing a legendary quarterback with an injury to Doug Flutie, with a very young rookie phenom in LaDainian Tomlinson. But tragedy struck Brees while diving for a ball in the last game of the 2005 season when he broke his collarbone. 

Entering the 2006 offseason, Brees’s contract was expiring and but he was a restricted free agent. The San Diego medical staff advised their team not to sign him. So that resulted in Brees signing with the New Orleans Saints, with a 5-year 60 million dollar contract. 

Right off the bat, Brees looked completely normal leading Saints to a 10-6 record, falling to the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship. But over time, Brees seemed to get more and more comfortable in Sean Payton’s offense and led them to the Super Bowl in 2010.

During the Super Bowl, he had two touchdown passes, with 288 yards passing. But he also got much help from his teammates, cornerback Tracy Porter who got pick-six in the Super Bowl, to ice the game with 3:12 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

Drew Brees is an undisputed Hall of Famer with many historic feats such as being the number one player in passing yards with 80,358 yards being above players like the greatest player ever Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Dan Marino. Also being a 13-time all-pro in his 20-year career, and being a Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Winner in 2006.

Brees signed with NBC Sports within a day of retirement and plans to spend more time with his three children at home.