New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees officially announced his retirement on Sunday afternoon via Instagram. Not to be outdone, the Atlanta Falcons responded to their longtime NFC South foe with a funny, yet cold-hearted video ending with a simple message: “You will not be missed.”
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NFL Twitter Never Holds Back
Some NFL fans found the video funny, others only found a way to poke fun of the Falcons, whose social media team is never afraid to push the envelope.
When will the Super Bowl jokes end? Probably never.
Overall, the video wasn’t that bad, but try changing this fan’s mind.
Seriously though, if the Falcons can’t compete with the Saints in 2021, Falcons fans will (rightfully) have a bone to pick.
Local Falcons reporter Jeanna Kelley knew this tweet would embarrass Atlanta.
The Falcons’ official Twitter has some serious cleaning up to do, but if recent history is any indicator, they likely won’t.
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Brees’ Kids Steal the Show in Retirement Video
After 20 NFL seasons, the former Chargers and Saints quarterback has played his last snaps in the league. Brees, with some help from his four absolutely adorable kids — Baylen, Bowen, Callen and Rylen — posted his retirement video on Instagram on Sunday, 15 years to the day he first signed on with New Orleans in 2006.
“After 15 years with the Saints and 20 years in the NFL, our dad is finally gonna retire, so he can spend more time with us! Yeah!”
Brees also added a message below his announcement:
After 20 years as a player in the NFL and 15 years as a Saint, it is time I retire from the game of football. Each day, I poured my heart & soul into being your Quarterback. Til the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organization, my team, and the great city of New Orleans. We shared some amazing moments together, many of which are emblazoned in our hearts and minds and will forever be a part of us.
You have molded me, strengthened me, inspired me, and given me a lifetime of memories. My goal for the last 15 years was striving to give to you everything you had given to me and more. I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning. Now my real life’s work begins!
During his two decades in the league, Brees recorded 80,358 passing yards (most all-time), 7,142 completions (most all-time), 571 passing touchdowns (second-most all-time), 13 Pro Bowl selections, a Super Bowl ring and Super Bowl MVP honors.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan also wrote a touching farewell to his longtime rival.
“Twice a year, for 13 years, I knew I was going against one of the best to ever do it,” Ryan wrote on his Instagram account. “Drew not only raised the play of his teammates but his rivals as well. Congrats on a hell of a career and best of luck in retirement.”