By: Benjamin Turner, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
42-year-old quarterback Drew Brees is reportedly retiring after a luscious career with the New Orleans Saints.
Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a 12-4 record in the 2020-2021 season, leading the team to a 3rd seed playoff appearance.
The Saints beat the Chicago Bears in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs 21 – 9 and were favorites into the NFL Divisional Round matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a divisional rival that they had beaten twice previously in the season.
Drew Brees seemed to be a shell of his former self during this game, throwing 19/34 passes for 134 yards, and 1 touchdown. However, Drew had thrown for 3 interceptions.
Drew is renowned as one of the greatest quarterbacks to play in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl an astonishing 13 times, Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and holding the record for most career passing yards (80,358 yards).
Drew had also led the New Orleans Saints to a Superbowl win in Superbowl XLIV, as well as winning the MVP award in that game.
Drew Brees did not only help the Saints organization, he helped the community of New Orleans.
After a torn labrum, the San Diego Chargers (the team Drew originally played for from 2001-2005) had released him. He then was picked up by the then-new head coach of the New Orleans Saints Sean Payton, after Hurricane Katrina had hit the city.
Drew then gave hope to the citizens, not only by reviving the Saints organization, but also giving back to the community by delivering over 10,000 meals to families in need.
He also formed the ‘Brees Dream Foundation’ which vows to “improve the quality of life for people around the world by supporting hurricane relief, youth with limited resources, individuals with disabilities, and more.”
He grew a reputation with the people of Louisiana, recently donating $5,000,000 for relief efforts to combat COVID-19 around the state.
Many people look up to Drew Brees as an inspiration, and a hero for what he has done not only for himself but for the people around him. He will go down as one of the all-time great Quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League.