Record-setting quarterback Drew Brees has retired from the NFL after playing 20 seasons for the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. Brees made the announcement on March 14 alongside his four children, Rylen, Bowen, Callen and Baylen.
“After 15 years with the Saints and 20 years in the NFL, our Dad is finally gonna retire. So he can spend more time with us! Yeah,” the four children said.
Brees did not leave the announcement entirely to his children. After his four sons offered the leading message, he provided a few words of his own.
“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. Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback,” he said.
“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.”
Brees leaves the game of football as one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in league history. During his time with the Chargers and Saints, he was selected to the All-Pro team once, appeared in 13 Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl title. As he ends his playing career, it appears that he may enter the broadcasting booth. His name has been floated as a possible addition to the ESPN Monday Night Football or NFL Network broadcast teams. Only time will tell. In the meantime, Canton can prepare for his induction in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.