For a moment that was soon to come and was finally presented, famous NFL Quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees has officially announced his retirement from the NFL. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Brees’s passion for the sport of football can be traced back to when he was recognized for his incredible IQ while playing for Purdue University located in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Brees’s professional career would begin in San Diego as the rookie from Purdue would be viewed as their new franchise quarterback. Brees would suffer a dislocated shoulder injury in 2005, and this would affect his position in San Diego.
In the 2006 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers began to pursue another potential franchise quarterback by drafting Philip Rivers and releasing Brees into Free Agency. During this time, Brees began the process of healing his shoulder injury with little to no hope of coming back from it. Sooner than the estimated time given by his physician, Brees’s shoulder healed in three weeks and he was back like he had never left. The phenomenal quarterback would go on to be signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2006 to restart his NFL career as this would go on to have made the biggest impact of his life.
September 25, 2006 is known to be the first game Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints were welcomed back to play in the Mercedes Benz SuperDome for the official reopening after the tragic Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city of New Orleans.
The game set the tempo for New Orleans and gave the city hope to overcome the tragedy for the following years to come. On February 7, 2010, Drew Brees would go on to lead the New Orleans Saints to a tremendous 31-17 victory against the Indianapolis Colts in the 46th Annual Super Bowl.
This champion alone gave the city of New Orleans an opportunity to worship and relief to know that anything is able to be overcome even if things get rough. Drew Brees would go on to finish his career with the New Orleans Saints, breaking an enormous number of records, and retiring after the 2020–2021 season. Brees has gotten an outstanding amount of love upon the final decision of his retirement. The NFL star will forever be recognized as a monumental athlete who brought hope to a city where it was needed, as he and the city of New Orleans were introduced with a fresh start. The impact Brees had can be viewed beyond the city of New Orleans, as his effect was noticed statewide, as the state of Louisiana will always cherish the weight number 9 holds to their hearts.