Drew Brees says he wants to play until he's 45

Friday July 25th, 2014

This will be Drew Brees' 14th season in the NFL, but he isn't planning on hanging up his cleats any time soon. Brees told reporters Friday that he'd like to play until he's 45 years old. 

"I could play for another ten years," he said, "and that would be my goal."

Brees cited Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as examples of quarterbacks performing at a high level well into their 30s and, in Favre's case, early 40s. 

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Last season, Brees threw for more than 5,000 yards for the third consecutive season. Five NFL quarterbacks, including Brees, have thrown for more than 5,000 yards in a season, but Brees is the only player to do it more than once. He has four such seasons. 

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady also discussed Friday the prospect of playing after his 40th birthday. Brady dismissed a claim from ESPN's Tedy Bruschi that he could only play four more years. 

- Dan Gartland

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