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His social media post-Sunday shares a short video of his three boys wearing his jersey along with his daughter shouting:
Our dad is finally going to retire so he can spend more time with us!
It is clear that Brees, at 42, did not have the arm strength that he once had. The wear and tear that 20-years place on the body has finally caught up with him.
Just this year alone, Brees missed four-games due to fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. Last season Brees missed a part of the season because he was injured when in the last 13-years, he only missed one game due to injury.
Presently Brees holds the record for all-time yards-passing with 80,358. Tom Brady may eclipse that record next year, being behind Brees with 79,204 career passing yards. Brees has been hinting that he was playing on borrowed time.
Brady took to social media Sunday, congratulating Brees on his retirement and thanking him for his dedication and inspiration.
Taysom Hill is presently the only quarterback the Saints have under contract. They will resign Jameis Winston to a one-year deal as they pursue another veteran quarterback.
[Until] the very end I exhausted myself to give everything 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. I am only retiring from football. I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye.
Written by Omari Jahi
Yahoo! Sports: Drew Brees announces his retirement after 20-year NFL career, John Sigler
ABC News: Record-setting Saints QB Brees announces retirement at 42, BRETT MARTEL
ESPN: New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees retired, and the sports world paid tribute,
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