However, some fans want Drew Brees back as quarterback to have his chance at one more Super Bowl.
But that ship has long sailed away.
While some Saints fans can accept this, others won’t move on from the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Brees isn’t Tom Brady, even though he teased on Twitter how he may come back to football.
Despite speculation from media about my future this fall, I’m currently undecided. I may work for NBC, I may play football again, I may focus on business and philanthropy, I may train for the pickleball tour, senior golf tour, coach my kids or all of the above. I’ll let you know
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) May 15, 2022
However, the teasing by him gives fans false hope of his return.
But there’s three reasons Brees won’t suit up for the football field ever again.
3. Brees Can’t Take The Hits At His Age
Brees went from a quarterback getting hit on Sundays to an NFL announcer on NBC.
After being away from the game for a little over a year, his body isn’t accustomed to getting hit anymore.
The ease of announcing games might have allowed his body to rest, but it also comes at a price.
The first hit will hurt if he comes back.
He most likely doesn’t miss those hits now he’s not playing football.
These hits have ended other quarterbacks seasons and careers.
If Brees is thinking about those things, he won’t return to an NFL field, despite teasing his fans.
2. He Has Commercial Endorsements
With his time at NBC over, people might believe he’s coming back to New Orleans.
However, he has other deals to keep him busy.
One is his deal with a sport betting app.
The director’s decision to have the supporting cast “freeze” while Drew Brees fails to convince me to download the Points Bet app is mind-boggling.
— Luis Enrique (@SquantsIsland) April 24, 2022
While some people don’t like his commercials, it still gets him paid.
These quarterbacks have commercial endorsements while still playing.
However, with Brees doing sports betting commercials, along with the NFL suspending Calvin Ridley for sports betting, it could pose an issue for the NFL.
The NFL might believe having Brees returning while promoting sports betting could lead to issues.
It could hamper any ideas the Super Bowl quarterback could have of returning to football.
1. Brees Wants Fans To Remember His Legacy In New Orleans
The future Hall of Fame quarterback left New Orleans after breaking statistical records for quarterbacks.
However, Brady surpassed those records out in Tampa Bay.
While he could come back to retake those records, he’s content with the legacy he left in New Orleans.
He made the Saints playoff contenders every time he suited up for the team.
He also took them to a Super Bowl against Peyton Manning, which he won.
With everything he did in New Orleans, he doesn’t need to tarnish his legacy with a return.
A return could also put his health at risk.
He knows it’s best to go out having made the playoffs instead of making a return with a possibly of leaving injured.
Going out on a cart with a career-ending injury isn’t the way he wants fans to remember him.
With that potential there, he won’t make a return and tarnish his time as a Saint with that image.