Over the weekend, James Winston’s commentary on realizing his passion is “not football”, which is “playing football” seems to resonate with Drew Brees. It’s also more interesting than anything he’s ever said in public. Brees is going through a pseudo-midlife crisis exacerbated by career changes that can best be described as somewhere between Ric Flair’s dusty ass deciding to return to wrestling. and Michael Keaton play a hand-washing actor clinging to fame in Birdman. You can bet Brees was thinking of buying a convertible and also hair extensions.
When Brees retired, the networks didn’t go after him because of his voice on their broadcasts. Outside of New Orleans, he was never a standout pitcher, and being an NFL starting quarterback was the heart and soul of who he was.
For nearly two decades, he was caught between the giants of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. For two decades, he was a gentle quarterback with the personality of an unseasoned tuna salad. He lacks Manning’s sociable nature and Teflon Tom’s uncharacteristic temperament. Brees barely had time to hold the field and beat the touchdown record before Brady stole his thunder.
Even after retirement, Brady and Manning are still agonizing about their broadcasting careers. Last week, Fox announced they were prepared to dump a massive $300 million fortune on Brady to provide “bad” analysis and vanilla commentary a decade after he retired. The #1 color analysis job has become a lucrative afterlife.
On Sunday, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that Brees and NBC’s American football night broke up. Reportedly, the network has scaled up Brees after one season and lost confidence in him as a potential successor to Cris Collinsworth, after he walked sideways in the booth during the hot Bengals-Raiders playoffs. guide. The outcry during his rookie year as an analyst was so negative that NBC didn’t even believe he would improve.
Brees is no stranger to failure. He was called too low at the combined NFL. He was dropped from San Diego to make way for Phillip Rivers. The Dolphins team doctors determined that he was too spoiled to take a gamble. However, he is now 43 years old. This has to be a particularly devastating ego blow considering how ManningCast is flourishing at ESPN. NBC doesn’t have the #2 job because they only air one game a week, so if he doesn’t catch up on another network, he’ll spend his Sunday watching his main rivals slash it. at golden hour.
Faced with that prospect, Brees has done what most athletes facing an uncertain future do after a broadcast fails. No, not podcasting. At some point, the athletes missed the crowd of fans and the noisy pressurized atmosphere. The broadcast and the pressure of a live performance reduce the familiar adrenaline and dopamine levels. Brees teased the idea of returning to the field and made a passive-aggressive request about rejoining the Saints.
We have seen this movie before. Jason Witten was desperate to return to the Cowboys after his color commentary went viral and Rob Gronkowski left the Fox studio shortly after to return and play with Brady in Tampa Bay. Saints Reportedly made inquiries about Brees provisional start in Week 15, when the only remaining quartet on their roster tested positive for COVID ahead of Monday Night Football.
Unfortunately, for Brees, Sean Payton had left the building and his arm strength had abandoned him years earlier. Current Saints head coach Dennis Allen told the media he considers Brees’ contemplation a joke. However, if Brees is out there trolling about taking a handball tour, he still has to find something to do with his time over the next few decades.
He could go the conservative news route. Conservative audiences love athletes with strong views on culture war topics like the national anthem, but Brees not even Spine stand up for his beginning. There is no shame in a QB Hall of Fame. started from a smaller local media market where he could hone his skills. There needs to be a high school in the area to find an assault coordinator. He could continue his professional football business by taking on a low-level position in the office or spending more time expanding his portfolio. If he just wanted to play ball, the fan-controlled Football League has become a haunting playground for former NFL stars like TO and Johnny Manziel.