New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees announces retirement after 20 years in NFL

On Sunday, 42-year-old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced that he is retiring from football after a 20-year NFL career. Along with a video starring his four children, Brees shared a lengthy statement about his career:

“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. 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. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more. 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 holds a number of records, including the most career passing yards and most career pass completions in NFL history. Brees joined the Saints in 2006 after being traded from the San Diego Chargers and helped New Orleans win their first Super Bowl.

Record-setting Saints QB Brees announces retirement at 42


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