Drew Brees Officially Announces Retirement From The NFL

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The end of an era in New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has officially announced his retirement today. After 20 years in the league, including a Super Bowl winning season, the 42-year-old retires as the all-time leader in passing yards and completions.

The father of four broke the news on Instagram today, with a video announcement from his children.

“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 has also been a cornerstone of the city of New Orleans, working off the field alongside various charities and organization to give back to the great people of the Crescent City.

On the field and off of it, he’s one of the best to ever put on a uniform.

Saints Head Coach Sean Payton released the following statement regarding the announcement. He and Brees both arrived in New Orleans in 2006.

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