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Report: Drew Brees to retire following 2021 NFL playoffs

One of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history will hang it up after a 30-20 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints warms up prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 17, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

UPDATE: Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-20 in the Divisional Round game. If this was Brees’ final game, and it looks like it was, he’ll be going out on a sour note. The likely first ballot Hall-of-Famer completed 19-of-34 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will retire after the last game of the 2021 NFL Playoffs according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.

Glazer made the report in a sort of impromptu manner on-air during the NFL on Fox pregame show live. But with the lower third graphic already prepared, it’s obvious Glazer had prepared this in advance with the production team and that he’s breaking news.

Brees has played in the NFL for 20 years following his college career at Purdue, and has 80,358 career passing yards, the equivalent of 45.65 miles. He has 571 career touchdowns, including 491 in his 15 years in New Orleans. He won Super Bowl XLIV 31-17 over Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts to complete the turnaround for one of the most moribund franchises in NFL history before his arrival.

The Saints were 2.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook at kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.