Drew Brees announced on Sunday that he was retiring from the NFL.
Brees at 42-years old retires as the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards, with 80,358 yards, and completions, with 7,142. Brees ranks second all-time in the NFL record book with 571 passing touchdowns.
“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,” said Brees. “ 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.”
Brees announcement was complimented by a video of his four kids saying together: “After 15 years with the Saints and 20 years in the NFL, our father will be finally retiring to be able to spend more time with us!”
Brees was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV when the Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31–17 on February 7, 2010. Brees threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns and tied a Super Bowl record with 32 pass completions
NFL records held by Brees include:
- Most career passing yards
- Most career pass completions
- Highest career completion percentage
- Most pass completions in a season
- Highest single-season completion percentage
- Highest single-game completion percentage
- Most touchdown passes in a game (tied)
- Most consecutive games with a touchdown pass
On Monday, Brees announced his new position at NBC Sports as a studio analyst for Football Night in America and a game analyst for the network’s coverage of Notre Dame football.