At least one person is happy that Drew Brees has retired from the NFL.
The former New Orleans Saints quarterback was honored at halftime during the team’s Thanksgiving night game against the Buffalo Bills. He received a tribute video during the ceremony at the Caesars Superdome and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers star was grateful that Brees was no longer playing.
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“Thank you, Drew…for your retirement! Never come back,” Brady said in the message.
The video was met by a loud cheer.
Brees was part of the NBC broadcast Thursday night as he mentioned the Saints-Bills game with Mike Tirico. The Southern University band spelled “Brees #9” on the field and a montage of memorable moments from Brees’ career played on the video board.
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“We’ve had so many incredible moments on this field and in this city,” said Brees. “Thank you so much for loving us, thank you for embracing me and my family. We will always love you and we will always work to make you proud.”
Brees raised his fist as the Saints fans chanted, “Who that, who, who says they’re going to beat those Saints!”
Brees played 20 seasons in the NFL between the Saints and San Diego Chargers. He withdrew after losing in the NFC Divisional Playoffs to Brady and the Buccaneers to conclude his 2020 season. He was the NFL’s leader in yards passing with 80,358. He also had 571 passing touchdowns when he retired.
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Both brands were overshadowed by Brady.
The Bills defeated the Saints 31-6 on Thursday night.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.