Drew Brees’ time as an NBC broadcaster looks to be over as he and the company look set to part company – but was Brees fired from his analyst role?
Former professional sports people only have a limited menu on which to dine once their playing career comes to an end.
You either go into coaching/management in your chosen sport, become an analyst/announcer/commentator/pundit or cut all ties and go and do something different.
In the case of former New Orleans Saints NFL star Drew Brees, he selected option 2 when his time came up – heading to NBC.
But after just a single season in the booth, Drew Brees and NBC are set to part company – but was Brees fired?
What has he said about the situation?
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Super Bowl winner to leave NBC
After a career spent with the San Diego Chargers and then the Saints, picking up Super Bowl XLIV in 2009, Brees retired at the end of the 2020 season.
In total, the quarterback made 305 appearances in the NFL, recording 608 touchdowns and 15,917 passing yards.
For 2021, Brees joined the NBC team having been coveted by multiple broadcasters.
He joined as back-up to Cris Collinsworth, and as a key member of the “Football Night in America” show.
After just the one season, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reported that NBC and Drew Brees had decided to end the deal.
Drew Brees was not fired by NBC
Despite the end of the deal between the two, Drew Brees was not fired by NBC – instead it being a mutual agreement.
Brees was happy calling live games than sitting in the studio being the analyst – which as number two to Collinsworth meant he would not be getting the pick of the games.
Moreover, a poor showing on the Las Vegas Raiders vs Cincinnati Bengals game in the Playoffs did not help his cause.
Brees has responded to the news on social media – denying he was fired.
He wrote on Twitter that he is “currently undecided” on what he will do for the 2022/23 season.
Cryptically he added: “I may work for NBC, I may play football again.”
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