While the writing was on the wall, no one quite knew when or if Drew Brees was going to call it a career. Now we know that the New Orleans Saints long-time star quarterback will not be returning in 2021.
After workout videos surfaced, there was growing anticipation that Brees may return. However, fans were also slapped back to reality when Brees restructured his contract, freeing up over $20 million in cap space for New Orleans.
The question begs: What’s next for Drew Brees? Well, he’s already answered that.
Future first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees recently announced his retirement, but he’s not quite giving up the sport as a whole.
Within the 24 hours after Brees announced his retirement, he gave us his next steps.
This is going to be a great opportunity for Brees, who feels like he has a great personality for broadcasting. On top of that, being a quarterback and a student of the game, Brees should know exactly what to say and the formations on both sides of the ball.
While it would’ve been nice to see him calling some Purdue games, Brees is going to seemingly have a pretty front-facing role even from the start.
"“According to NBC, Brees will be a studio analyst for “Football Night in America” and a game analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of Notre Dame football. He’ll also be part of NBC’s Super Bowl LVI team in 2022, and he’ll work other prominent non-football events like the upcoming Olympics,” Yahoo.com’s Liz Roscher wrote."
This is a win-win situation for Brees and NBC.
As CBS found major success with former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo leading some of their primetime games, NBC will be looking to mimic that success with one of the best in NFL history explaining the game.
Brees, by himself, should draw a nice crowd as he’s one of the NFL’s most beloved stars.
While the Big Easy will miss him, he’ll certainly always be a legend in the eyes of the Saints faithful. That said, it’s nice seeing him move on to something which will keep him in front of the fans for years to come.