“Lot of Football Experience” – Saints’ Drew Brees Opens Up About Relationship with Buccaneers’ Tom Brady

Published 01/14/2021, 10:40 AM EST
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 one of the longest-tenured players in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints‘ quarterback is close to completing 20 years in the league this playoff run. While Brees is no longer in his prime, he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. He had another strong season this year, where he helped lead the Saints to a 12-4 record and a spot in the playoffs.

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This weekend, Brees takes on another veteran, as the Saints face Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the playoffs. The two have had a storied rivalry, but one filled with mutual respect. Ahead of the game, Drew Brees revealed the respect between himself and Brady and looks forward to the two veterans taking the field for another encounter.

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

“Tom and I have a friendship and mutual respect. We were texting back and forth on Monday, chuckling at this whole scenario. Listen, he’s 43, I turn 42 on Friday, so that’s 85 years and a lot of football experience that’s gonna be on the field on Sunday.”

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Drew Brees ready to call time on his career

Drew Brees could be playing his final football game this Sunday against the Buccaneers. At age 42, Brees is nearing the twilight of his career. Rumors are afloat that Brees will announce his retirement at the end of the Saints’ playoff run. He already has an analyst job ready and waiting for him when he chooses to ride off into the sunset.

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On the other hand, Tom Brady is still playing at a high level in the NFL. The six-time Super Bowl winner is looking to win his first ring without Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. Despite his advanced age, Brady continues to show this season why he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, leading Tampa Bay to the playoffs.

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

For Brees, it appears as though everything is set for him to call time on his illustrious career. The former Super Bowl winner spent a good portion of the season on the sidelines after suffering an injury. His time away allowed backup quarterback Taysom Hill to get some starts, and he looked really good in that position.

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Will we see the final game of Drew Brees’ career this Sunday? The Buccaneers are a tough challenge for the Saints but the team will be motivated to send Brees off with another possible Super Bowl ring.

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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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