New Orleans Saints’ Coach Sean Payton Says Drew Brees is the Toughest Player He Has Been Around

Published 01/23/2021, 12:41 PM 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 often seen as a tenured quarterback in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints‘ quarterback has been around for 20 years and has enjoyed a rather successful stint. Brees has brought much success to the New Orleans Saints franchise, even winning a Super Bowl with them in 2010.

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Brees was suffering from several injuries this season, including a set of broken ribs that he endured early on in the season. New Orleans Saints’ Head Coach Sean Payton spoke to the press, praising Brees’ durability and strength. “He’s as courageous and as tough a player as I’ve ever been around.”

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

Payton added that the rumors and speculations surrounding Brees’ future in the game don’t concern him; for the team has a contingency plan in store for when Drew Brees calls time on his career.

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“We knew there was a chance at some point in time where we’ll be dealing with a transition. We’re going to try to be as prepared as we can when that time comes.”

Drew Brees on the verge of retirement?

Drew Brees had a shortened season with the New Orleans Saints this year. Prior to the start of the season, Breen was contemplating retirement. But he chose to postpone that decision and returned to the team.

However, a rib injury kept him sidelined for much of the regular season. Back-up quarterback Taysom Hill filled in for him during that time.

Taysom Hill proved that he can take over the starting role for the Saints. Having Hill ready to go while Brees was out was a huge boost for them.

Perhaps the rise of Taysom Hill will give Brees the confidence to ride off into the sunset from the Saints, knowing the quarterback position has a worthy successor.

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

Brees announced that he will take his time during the off-season before making a decision regarding his career. Many analysts expected him to announce his retirement after the Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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However, he chose to hold off on that announcement for the time being. Will Drew Brees retire before the start of the new season?

He has a lot to think about before he makes his decision. He even has an analyst job lined up for after his playing career and could choose to pursue that as early as next season.

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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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