Drew Brees Expected to Retire

By: SEAN HANRAHAN

After twenty years in the league, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees is expected to retire after this season’s playoffs. 

Although, he has not officially announced his retirement, it is highly unlikely he will play another season, especially with the injuries he suffered this year, which includes 11 fractured ribs and a punctured lung. “I’m gonna give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things, just like I did last year and make a decision,” Brees told reporters. 

Drafted 32nd overall in 2001, Brees holds the records for the most career passing completions and yards all time, and is second in touchdown passes to Tom Brady. He was a thirteen time pro bowler, two time Offensive Player of the Year, and was the MVP of Superbowl XLIV. 

With his crushing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the divisional round, it is almost certain that Brees will not play another NFL game. He was largely held in check by the Buccaneers defense with a 55 percent completion percentage for 134 yards with one touchdown and an ugly three interceptions, one of which was his last pass of the game. 

Currently the New Orleans Saints have two backup quarterbacks, the 2015 first overall pick Jameis Winston and utility player Taysom Hill, who started for the team while Brees was on injured reserve.  

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