Tom Brady Praises Drew Brees on 'Incredible Career' After Saints QB Retires

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 14, 2021

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, center left, speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady after an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in New Orleans. The Buccaneers won 30-20. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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Tom Brady sent his support to one of the few players who has been in the NFL for almost as long as he has when he tweeted his congratulations to longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who announced his retirement Sunday.

Tom Brady @TomBrady

Congrats my friend on an incredible career. Thank you for the inspiration and dedication on and off the field! Look forward to seeing what’s next @drewbrees https://t.co/2rDMn78OQD

Brees posted a video to Instagram announcing his decision after 20 years in the NFL. 

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Drew Brees has officially retired from the NFL @brgridiron His kids helped him with his announcement ❤️ https://t.co/p2uVvrqOPV

"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," Brees wrote. "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."

The move didn't come as a surprise, as Brees agreed to restructure his contract in order to help the Saints free up cap space heading into 2021. He missed time with injuries over the past two seasons, including four games this year with a collapsed lung and fractured ribs. 

The 13-time Pro Bowler set NFL records for completion percentage (74.4), career completions (6,586) and passing yards (74,437) in 2018.