On Sunday afternoon, after 20 NFL seasons and 15 with New Orleans, Saints quarterback Drew Brees officially announced his retirement from football on Instagram. The post featured a heartfelt message from the NFL's All-Time leader in passing yards, along with a video of his four kids telling the world that their dad was "finally retiring to spend more time with them."
While the official retirement announcement did not come as a surprise, the social media world flocked to their devices Sunday night. Many were offering congratulatory messages and words of appreciation for the long-time leader of the New Orleans Saints.
CURRENT AND FORMER TEAMMATES
Teammates both past and present congratulated the Super Bowl XLIV MVP on his NFL career. Some also sung his praises as a teammate, leader, family man and friend.
Brees also received praise from the local and national media. Some reminiscing on their favorite moments with the future Hall of Fame quarterback while others made their case for No. 9 to go down as one of the greatest of all time.
Finally, the Who Dat Nation said so long to their beloved leader of 15 years. The New Orleans Saints posted a video to social media showcasing what Brees meant to the fans and the city of New Orleans.
On Monday morning following his retirement announcement, Brees joined Hoda Kotb on NBC's TODAY SHOW announcing his next chapter would begin with the NBC family. Initial reports state that the 20-year NFL veteran will join Sunday Night Football as a studio analyst. Brees will also serve as a game analyst for Notre Dame.
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