After a lot of speculation, it was made official on Sunday that Drew Brees would no longer be a member of the New Orleans Saints. And the NFL as well. The veteran quarterback, who will be hanging it up as the all-time leader in passing yards, will be retiring after 20 seasons in the league and 15 with the Saints. In that time, he led the team to a Super Bowl and he helped lead the city to a rebuild post-Hurricane Katrina that won’t be soon forgotten.
Brees had led the Saints to four consecutive NFC South titles in the last four seasons, but this past year he was usurped by Tom Brady in the playoffs and he eventually decided that retirement was going to be the best option for him. The clues had already been out there, ranging from comments he made to the media and even contract changes that were meant to free up money for the Saints. Now it has been made official and a brilliant career, one of the very best in the history of the NFL, has come to a close.