New Orleans Saints’ playoff run this year ended in dismay as they were handed a 30-20 upset against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC title match. On top of that, their veteran quarterback Drew Brees might have just donned the Saints shirt for the final time.
Drew Brees has been in the NFL for two decades, starting as a San Diego Chargers pick, then shifting to the Saints in 2005, which became the stalwart’s ground for glory, winning the Super Bowl XLIV as well as numerous other awards with them.
His 20th professional year was no smooth run, however. Back in November, Brees sustained multiple rib fractures and even a collapsed lung after colliding against 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street and was benched for four weeks.
His return in Week 15 for the remainder of the regular season etched a smooth sail for Saints into the playoffs, with the hope of another championship etched beside the name of the 42-year-old.
Unfortunately, if the loss against Bucs halted that dream, new speculations suggest Brees possibly played his final NFL match at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.
Retirement or another comeback? Drew Brees “would never regret” the latter
The claim was first put forward by Jay Glazer on Twitter, which immediately went viral on social media and even reached out to the player in form of a question following the game.
“I’m gonna give myself an opportunity to think about the season, think about a lot of things, just like I did last year and make a decision,” Brees, who finished with 134 passing yards, one touchdown pass and three interceptions, said after the match.
Brees was also slated to have marked his exit following the last season, but the Saints veteran decided to continue for one more year, a decision that he said he did not regret.
“No complaints. No regrets. Man, I’ve always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it. And I appreciate all that this game has given to me,” the Super Bowl XLIV MVP added.