Drew Brees Says He Only ‘Felt Good in One Game’ Last Season

Published 04/22/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) gestures after a touchdown run by running back Alvin Kamara (41) in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


Drew Brees is a legend in the NFL. A quarterback of the highest pedigree, Brees excited fans in the league for almost 20 years. During his career, he was one of the major factors behind the New Orleans Saints becoming the juggernaut that they did.

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He signed with them in free agency and led them to a Super Bowl title. But in his final season with the black and gold, Brees admitted that he didn’t feel very good while playing.

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke to the New Orleans Saints website. Brees discussed his final season with the Saints, which took place last year. Brees noted that with the exception of one game, he didn’t feel good at all last season.

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He found that his body could no longer do the things that it once could with relevant ease. And for someone who is a competitor like Brees, it was an exceptionally bitter pill to swallow.

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) makes a throw in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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“I only really felt good in one game, from the perspective of, I had all the tools in my toolbox. I had a lot of limitations throughout the season as to what I could and couldn’t do, and I recognized that. And that’s really hard for a competitor.

“That’s really hard when you know what you should be able to do, and yet you can’t because of various injuries, or things that are taking place with your body.” 

Drew Brees talks about injuries throughout his career

Brees then spoke about the injuries he suffered throughout his long career. While he understands the risk he signs up for as a football player, the pain does limit him a lot.

He spoke about the injuries he suffered last season to the abdomen. Brees suffered major rib injuries and had to play through the pain even after his recovery period was over.

“Some of those things are just kind of freak things — tear a plantar fascia, you get damage in your shoulder, you get the broken ribs, the punctured lung.

“You get all this stuff that’s going on — this abdominal thing that I was dealing with for pretty much most of the season that, as a quarterback, everything you do is rotation.”

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Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and quarterback Taysom Hill (7) sit together on the bench in the second half against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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How will the Saints fare next season without Drew Brees? Brees is easily the greatest player in franchise history. But going forward, the focus has to be on the future. They have a strong young core that can still remain competitive in the NFL.

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The question is, will they?

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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