The question of retirement is not one uncommon to a 35 year old quarterback, but when asked about retirement Drew Brees said “I’d like to play another 10 years, or until I’m 45 years old.”
That was sure to raise a few eyebrows, and proved to do just that. Two days later he was randomly drug tested, coincidence…I think not. Brees joked about it on Twitter, Sunday.
Apparently Brees is the NFL’s version of Benjamin Button, if you look at his numbers through the years he seems to age like a fine wine.
He seemed to find himself when he came to New Orleans in 2006, Brees threw a league-leading 4,418 passing yards, finished third in the league with 26 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions and a 96.2 passer rating. And so it seemed life for Brees in the NFL really started for him at age 27, very uncommon since the average career lasts only 3.5 years. Many in Brees draft class had already retired even by the time he came to the Saints organization.
As Brees beats the odds his career numbers continue to skyrocket, he tackled one of the most prestigious records for quarterbacks when he broke Dan Marino’s single season passing record that had stood since 1984, Payton Manning did eventually break Brees’ record but that is a topic for another day. If he did infact play until his 40th birthday Brees would not hold the record for oldest starting quarterback, that honor goes to Warren Moon.
In the words of the great Jim Carey ; “So your saying there’s a chance?” At the end of the day if anyone can do it Drew Brees can, he is one of the more cerebral quarterbacks to ever play the game, and seems at 35 years of age to have plenty of tread left on the tires. Lets just hope he has at least one more great year in him as this one stacks up to hopefully be one of the best.