New Orleans Saints legend and future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees retired after the 2020 NFL season and spent 2021 serving as an analyst for Irish football games Our Dame Fighting and for the NBC shows “Football Night in America”. Brees also worked the NBC booth alongside Mike Tirico for a January playoff game.
The 43-year-old made headlines when he teased last month that he has yet to decide what he will do later this year and may consider a return to action. now that Brees won’t be returning to NBC or an active roster.
The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) reported Wednesday that NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua has confirmed that Brees will not be part of the NFL Network or college football coverage for 2022. Bevacqua added that Brees wants spend more time with their family.
“The incredible activity of an NFL career and then not really taking a break and jumping right in with us with Notre Dame football and the NFL, that was definitely a 24-hour mission,” explained Bevacqua. “It was definitely a lifestyle choice for him, which is totally understandable.”
The AP notes that Brees remains under contract with NBC, but also that Bevacqua said the network won’t stop the all-time great caller from exploring other opportunities. However, it is believed Brees will at least spend the 2022 college and pro seasons at home.
Meanwhile, it was reported last month that Brees was recovering from left shoulder surgery and as a result would not be physically able to prepare for the upcoming NFL campaign if he seriously an inch to play this fall.