As consistent as Brees was, at times that focus blinded him to the changes that were swirling around him. Long a vocal supporter of the military, he equated kneeling to the national anthem to protest police brutality and denigrate the flag.
When riots raged across the country last summer and the league and its players became more actively involved in systemic racism and social injustice, Brees reiterated that he found it disrespectful to kneel. His comments disgruntled teammates past and present, many of whom were confused that someone so aware in general could be so insensitive. Brees later apologized, saying his comments “missed the mark”.
“It hurt – damn it, Drew, really? No way, ”said Moore. “But sometimes it takes a situation like this for someone to grow. I won’t let anything like this erase the history we had together. I had to teach him a lesson and I think it was a moment of reflection for him. “
Brees has had plenty of time to think about his future after the last three seasons, which all ended in a playoff defeat at the Superdome. Eliminated by the Rams in the post-2018 playoffs after officials missed a pass interference call against Los Angeles, and from Minnesota in overtime after the 2019 season when he missed five games with a thumb injury, the Saints lost against Tampa Bay at home in the divisional round in January, also because the Buccaneers converted two of Brees’ three interceptions into touchdowns.
On that day, Brees, who was already coping with the aftermath of 11 broken ribs and lung injuries in week 10, also played with a torn fascia in his foot and a torn fascia – as revealed in an Instagram post Brittany Brees would do two days later Rotator cuff. Brees struggled to bring the Tampa Bay offensive down and went past for 134 yards, his by far the fewest in 18 postseason games. If it all seemed like a contradicting conclusion to a glorious career, it is because it was – but somehow it misses the point.
So much of Brees mythology is focused on what it lacks, things out of its control – the prototypical size of a quarterback, an Elway-like arm, a second championship to improve its legacy – rather than that, what he is, what he has, what he could do it. And in the past two decades, as the NFL moved into a temporary league, no one better summoned their superpower to fulfill the elementary responsibility of the position – throwing a football precisely and consistently – finer than him.