With what could be his final playoff run, Drew Brees reveals what drove him to play this season.
Last season, the New Orleans Saints were expected to make a deep run to the Super Bowl in hopes that quarterback Drew Brees could retire on top. That didn’t happen, as the Saints suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card Round. With speculation about his playing status for months, the Saints and Brees agreed to term on a two-year, $50 million contract extension in March.
Days ahead of the Saints’ playoff game against the Chicago Bears, Brees said he didn’t return for himself. Rather, he did it for the organization and the entire city of New Orleans.
Brees says he didn't come back for himself this season. Says he came back for the city and the organization.
"That's why I'm here."
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) January 6, 2021
Brees looking to bring another Lombardi Trophy to New Orleans
Brees helped bring the Saints and the city of New Orleans their first Lombardi Trophy back in 2010. It provided hope for the town years after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Now, he wants to try and win the franchise’s second Super Bowl.
This season, Brees has dealt with a bit of regression in his play, with many speculating that this could very well be his last in a Saints uniform. Just like in 2019, Brees was sidelined multiple games with an injury. This time, it was fractured ribs and a punctured lung during in New Orleans’ Week 10 contest against the San Francisco 49ers, forcing him to miss four games.
In 13 games, Brees completed 70.5-percent of his passes for 2,942 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions. His passing yardage total is his lowest since his 2003 season with the then-San Diego Chargers (2,108).
The Saints know they can’t overlook their opponent, much like they did this past postseason. They face an 8-8 Bears team that essentially fell backwards into the division. There’s good news for the Saints, as wide receiver Michael Thomas is trending towards playing this Sunday, his first game since Week 14. That certainly helps Brees’ case to attempt to make one more trip to the Super Bowl before his career reaches its end.