It's finally happened. Drew Brees has called it a career from the NFL, closing a great chapter in the football storybooks for an illustrious 20-year run. This is something that Saints fans have been bracing for, and now it's a reality. Brees made the announcement on Sunday afternoon via his personal Instagram account, which comes 15 years to the day he signed with New Orleans.
Via his Instagram, this was what was said:
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!
Life for the Saints will look different in 2021, and we finally know it won't involve Brees. He should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, as well as one of those players New Orleans will put in their Ring of Honor. It shouldn't take long, and no one should ever wear No. 9 again.