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Saints’ Drew Brees retires from NFL at 42

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Drew Brees is officially calling it quits.

The legendary Saints quarterback announced his retirement Sunday, posting a video on Instagram which featured his kids revealing the news. His four children say their dad is retiring, in unison, “so he can spend more time with us!”

Brees, 42, retires as the NFL’s all-time leading passer with 80,358 yards and he’s second all-time with 571 touchdowns.

“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 on social media. “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. We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us. You have molded me, strengthened me, inspired me, and given me a lifetime of memories. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more.

“I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life‘s work begins!”

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Drew Brees
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Brees led the Saints to their first Super Bowl title when they beat the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. He had a deal to become an NFL analyst for NBC.

“He was a magnificent leader both on and off the field,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said in a statement. “For all of us that have had the chance to coach him, it has been our privilege, we are better for it.”

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