New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees played through more pain than many realized in 2020. On top of 11 broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Brees played through the season with a torn rotator cuff and a torn fascia (connective tissue) in his foot.
That information was revealed by Brees’ wife Brittany via Instagram. While Brees’ rib and lung injuries were known, his torn rotator cuff and torn fascia went unreported during the season.
Drew Brees' wife says Drew played this season with: A torn rotator cuff, a torn fascia in his foot, 11 broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
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Brittany Brees’ full post read:
“After crying for a few days ... I am so grateful for this year. Your 20th in the NFL my love. This has been the hardest year of our lives, yet in some ways one of the best. This year has shaped us and strengthened us. It has shown us what is truly important, and what is not. I am so proud of you and the man you are. The fact that you played this entire year with a torn rotator cuff, torn fascia in your foot, ... then later 11 broken ribs a collapsed lung ... yet did not complain once ...makes me think I should not have taken the epidural while giving birth to the kids! This is definitely not how I prayed this year would end and to say my heart is broken for you is an understatement but God’s plans are always better. Your children have watched you handle it all with integrity, grace, and the most amazing work ethic. We r so proud of you.”
Brittany Brees’ account is currently set to private on Instagram.
Drew Brees reportedly considering retirement
While Drew Brees hasn’t officially retired yet, there are rumblings he’s going to hang up his cleats. Brees, 42, put up strong numbers in 2020, but saw some decline throughout the year. In 12 games, Brees’ completion percentage, touchdown rate and average yards per pass attempt dropped. He also saw his interception rate rise.
Those struggles could be written off due to Brees’ various injuries, though his age is also an issue. Few quarterbacks continue to play well once they turn 40. Brees and Tom Brady seem to be the exceptions to that rule, though age-related decline could hit at any time.
Combine that with the various injuries Brees played through in 2020, and it’s tough to blame him if he walks away from football in the next few weeks.
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