As the New Orleans Saints take on Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round, it could be legendary quarterback Drew Brees’ last game in the NFL.
During Sunday’s pregame show, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer said Brees plans to retire once the postseason concludes.
“Drew Brees, tonight will be the last game he plays at the Superdome,” Glazer said. “And whenever his last game is, if they lose tonight, if they lose next week, that will be the last game he plays in the NFL. Drew Brees will be done. That’s it.Tom Bradywill continue. Drew Brees, this will be his last game in the Superdome.”
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has long admired Brees for paving the way for undersized quarterbacks to compete at the NFL level.
“Drew, he’s probably my favorite player to ever play the game,”Wilson said in September 2019 ahead of the Saints-Seahawks Week 3 matchup that Brees did not play due to injuries. “I think about his legacy, what he’s meant to the game. He’s allowed me to ... he’s helped me to kind of help open up the door for me to play, as a shorter quarterback."
Over the years, the two future Hall of Famers have developed a kindred friendship. Wilson first met Brees at the Pro Bowl following his rookie season in 2012. Eight years later, Wilson gave up his starting spot to Brees, who has had a lasting impact on his career.
“I think about Drew and his ability to make plays. When he’s in the game, just a spectacular football player,” Wilson said. “One of the best to ever step on the field. I have a lot of respect for him, as I said, and for his family. Obviously, going to miss seeing him play.”
The 42-year-old quarterback has been with the Saints for 15 seasons after signing with the team as a free agent in 2006. Over the years, he’s earned 13 Pro Bowls, been named an All-Pro on one occasion, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV.
Brees has not confirmed Glazer’s report, however, the NFL’s all-time leading passer has been contemplating his future for some time. If that’s a wrap for Brees’ career, he’ll go down in the record books with one of the most illustrious careers in league history.