Drew Brees is finally saying farewell to the playing field.
One of the best quarterbacks in NFL history, Brees announced his expected retirement Sunday afternoon. The Saints legend left an indelible mark on not only New Orleans but the entire league. Brees walks away as the all-time leader in passing yards and second in touchdowns after a 20-year career filled with highlights and memorable moments.
Naturally, many in the NFL community and beyond responded to the news with appreciation for the future Hall of Famer.
You came to us at our lowest point.— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) March 14, 2021
You led us to our highest.
You represented our state, city, and team with incredible professionalism, class, and toughness.
We are forever grateful for the immeasurable impact you and your family had on this city. #ThankYouDrew pic.twitter.com/HljWp4NG2K
Congrats to @drewbrees on a wonderful career.— NFL (@NFL) March 14, 2021
We'll always remember your excellence on the field and your leadership and generosity in the community to revitalize the City of New Orleans & the Saints.
We wish you, Brittany, and your children all the best in your next chapter. pic.twitter.com/Nmjh7E7gRF
Congrats, @drewbrees, on one hell of a career. It was always a pleasure to watch you compete as a fan and not a pleasure competing against you as a player. Lol, Enjoy the next chapter of life because I’m sure it will be as complete and enjoyable as the last!!— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) March 14, 2021
Amazing career Drew Brees it was a pleasure playing with you and against you brotha ENJOY ....— LeSean Shady Mccoy (@CutonDime25) March 14, 2021
MAJOR CONGRATS!!! @drewbrees you was the last one left from the Class of 2001... Not bad for a 2nd Round QB that some said was too short to play the position. Way to silence the critics... HELL OF A CAREER... Now you can enjoy yourself on Sundays... 🥃🥃🥃 pic.twitter.com/qoVSB3qLFq— Reggie Wayne (@ReggieWayne_17) March 14, 2021
when I first met Drew Brees we were both days out of shoulder surgeries in 2006, months after Katrina, rehabbing together in Birmingham. he told me he wanted to bring a championship to the city of New Orleans. he did that! Congrats on a great career. enjoy retirement, @drewbrees— Donté Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) March 14, 2021
From 2009 when I signed with the Saints as a 22 yr old boy until a 34 year old man today, you’ve taught me so much & it was an honor being your teammate for 5 years. You and I were always competing! Words can’t even being to describe how much the @nfl is going to miss @drewbrees. pic.twitter.com/m2Zd4RHooU— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) March 14, 2021
You all know @drewbrees as a competitor, philanthropist and a family man. I saw that, but also saw his leadership and sacrifice on behalf of our union for players past, present and future. Before he was a super bowl champion, Drew, along with his fellow executive committee ... pic.twitter.com/GyNuIrqSKf— DeMaurice Smith (@demauricesmith) March 14, 2021