To my late husband Roy and me, Drew Brees was the best New Orleans Saint’s quarterback ever. Words cannot express what his arrival and his presence did for the City of New Orleans and all the cities around after Hurricane Katrina devastated the area. Nothing was “normal” after that and his arrival brought the biggest boost of hope and excitement that we all needed. What he has done for our area in the years following made us proud and happy once again!
“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,” the athlete wrote. “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!”
His wife, Brittany, shared this and more. I just thought that ya’ll should know all the injuries that he played with this year and she stated it well.
“I am so proud of you and the man you are,” she wrote via Instagram in January. “The fact that you played this entire year with a torn rotator cuff, torn fascia in your foot, … then later 11 broken ribs [and] a collapsed lung … yet did not complain once makes me think I should not have taken the epidural while giving birth to the kids.”
- Most career passing yards: 80,358
- Most career completions: 7,142
- Best career completion percentage (at least 2,000+ attempts): 67.7%
- Most seasons with 5,000+ passing yards: 5
- Most completions in a season: 471 (2016)
- Best completion percentage in a season: 74.4% (2018)
- (Tied) Most passing touchdown in a game: 7 (Nov. 1, 2015)
- Most games with 300+ passing yards: 123
- Most games with 4+ passing touchdowns: 37
- Most games with 5+ passing touchdowns: 11
- Most seasons with 30+ passing touchdowns: 10
March 14, 2006: Drew and Brittany Brees announce Drew has signed with the Saints
March 14, 2021: Brees’ children announce their dad has retired from the NFL
You came to us at our lowest point.
You led us to our highest.
You represented our state, city, and team with incredible professionalism, class, and toughness.
We are forever grateful for the immeasurable impact you and your family had on our organization and community.
𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗮 𝗦𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁
The Brees family from the time he joined our Saints to his retirement. In true Brees family style their children announced Drew’s retirement.
Messages from some of the players who knew him best.
Gayle Benson, Saints team owner
The amazing duo of Saints Coach Sean Payton and Quarterback Drew Brees is one ranked up at the top.
Those of us from the New Orleans area know everything I shared here. I wrote this blog hoping to share with others what Drew Brees really means to us. He’s already signed a deal with Sunday Night Football to be an announcer and I can’t wait to see him excel in yet another area of football.
This next video is new.
Thank you Drew for what you have meant to my family for so many years.
I saved what I think is the best for last. Drew’s children, Baylen, 12, Bowen, 10, Callen, 8, and Rylen, 6, announcing his retirement.