New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is once again contemplating a retirements but he acknowledged that he has no regrets over coming back for this season. Brees, a 13-time Pro Bowl quarterback, contemplated retirements after last season but eventually decided to give it another shot and try to win his second Super Bowl.
Unfortunately for Brees and the Saints, their goals of winning it all fell apart on Sunday night when they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-20 on their home field. "I would never regret it. Never," said Brees, who missed four games in November and December because of a punctured lung and 11 broken ribs but still helped the Saints earn the No.
2 seed in the NFC with a 12-4 record before their disappointing finish
Brees has had a legendary NFL career .
"No complaints. No regrets. Man, I've always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it.
And I appreciate all that this game has given to me," said Brees, who led the Saints to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history in 2009 and holds the NFL record for career passing yards. "There are obviously so many incredible memories, so many incredible relationships that have come as a result of playing this game.
And, man, you find out so much about yourself and you have to fight through so much when you play this game. "And I'd say this season, I probably had to fight through more than I've ever had to in any other season in my career -- from injury to all the COVID stuff to just crazy circumstances.
And it was worth every moment of it. Absolutely." The Saints had it all in their hands but the costly fumble from Saints tight end Jared Cook in the third quarter turned the game around. After the fumble, Buccaneers scored a touchdown to tie the game at 20 points apiece and then scored one more touchdown and a field goal to finish the game on a 17-0 run.
"I'd say it's pretty uncharacteristic because we preach playing 'winning football.' And you turn the ball over four times, that's not 'winning football' -- especially in the playoffs, especially against a team like that," said Brees, who blamed himself for the interceptions.
"Well, a couple of them I probably shouldn't have thrown and maybe forced it in there. And we were probably just a little off on the overall execution. But at the end of the day, that's what this game came down to was those turnovers."