Drew Brees officially retired from the National Football League earlier this year. Don’t expect the future Hall of Fame quarterback to pull a Brett Favre and un-retire, either.
The former New Orleans Saints quarterback is set to begin his broadcasting career with NBC.
Brees’ new broadcasting partner, Mike Tirico, asked him if he’d consider coming out of retirement to play again. The former Saints quarterback had a pretty clear answer.
“I better get my butt going if that’s the case,” Brees told Tirico, via NBC Sports’ Football Morning In America. “There is a saying that if you don’t use it, you lose it. That’s the truth, my arm is killing me because I haven’t been training to throw. I actually feel worse now than at any other point in my career. I may have one throw, one series, one drive.”
Brees, 42, played in the NFL from 2001-20. He seems more than content to stay retired and jump right into the broadcasting portion of his career.
The Saints, meanwhile, have yet to decide on a full-time starting quarterback for 2021 and beyond. However, it appears that it’s Jameis Winston’s job to lose.
New Orleans is scheduled to open the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Green Bay Packers.
Kickoff is scheduled for 4:25 p.m. E.T. on FOX.