Former NFL Man Calls Drew Brees an ‘Absolute Living Legend’

Published 03/15/2021, 12:15 PM EDT


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shocked the NFL fraternity when he announced his retirement from professional football on Sunday night via an emotional video featuring his 4 children.

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The Texas-born athlete arrived in New Orleans back in 2006 as a free agent after parting ways with San Diego Chargers. The former Purdue college football star went on to establish himself as one of the most consistent and lethal quarterbacks in the last decade.

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He was voted the NFL Offensive Player of the Year on 2 occasions in 2008, 2011. He also led the Saints to the Lombardi Trophy in 2009 that saw him win the Super Bowl XLIV MVP title.

So where does the now-retired Drew Brees stand with respect to all the other quarterbacks that graced the NFL? Here’s what a certain former player has to say on the same.

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Nate Burleson heaps praise on retired NFL quarterback Drew Brees

Former Minnesota Vikings player-turned-analyst Nate Burleson was the latest to laud the achievements of Drew Brees who announced his retirement last night.

He said, “I say the second-best quarterback to ever play the game, an absolute living legend, a surefire Hall of Famer when you look at what he was doing on the field, and also his leadership game in and game out, I’ve always said it.

“He was one of those quarterbacks I wanted to play for. And it wasn’t just the accuracy. It wasn’t just how he had nerves of steel inside the pocket.

“So for me, he goes down as one of the greatest to ever play the game after Tom Brady, the second-best quarterback to ever play the game….he was only there to tear up your turf until the grass is gone.

“So for me, Drew Brees was an absolute legend and he did it right congratulations on a great career,” Burleson said on the show.

Sep 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints man will go down in history as one of the greatest players of all time. In a career spanning almost 20 years (including his time with the Chargers), Brees threw for 80,358 yards with 571 passing TDs. He boasts of a completion percentage of 68.8% while playing for New Orleans.

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Drew Brees concluded his final season in New Orleans with a 9-3 record, throwing for 2,942 yards with 24 passing TDs against 6 interceptions.

He led the Saints to yet another NFC South title but lost in the NFC Divisional Round to eventual Super Bowl LV winners, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

One can’t help but wonder what lies next for one of the greatest leaders the NFL has ever seen.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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