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Drew Brees teases NFL return, says broadcast future 'undecided'

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Drew Brees teases NFL return, says broadcast future 'undecided'
Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spent last NFL season as a broadcaster for NBC. File Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | License Photo

May 16 (UPI) -- Longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is "undecided" about his future role as a broadcaster and "may play football again," he tweeted.

Brees tweeted the update Sunday night. The 20-year NFL veteran last played in 2020 and spent the 2021 season as a part-time broadcaster and in-studio analyst for NBC's Sunday Night Football. He also called Notre Dame games alongside broadcaster Mike Tirico.

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The New York Post reported earlier Sunday that Brees would not return to the network.

"Despite speculation from media about my future this fall, I'm currently undecided," Brees tweeted. "I may work for NBC, I may play football again, I may focus on business and philanthropy, I may train for the pickleball tour, senior golf tour, coach my kids or all of the above. I'll let you know."

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Brees, 43, spent his final 15 NFL seasons with the Saints. The 13-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl XLIV MVP completed 70.5% of his throws for 2,942 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 starts in his final season. He was 41-13 over his final four seasons with the NFC South franchise.

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Brees trails only Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady for several NFL quarterback career records, including pass completions and attempts, yards and touchdowns. His 24.9 completions per game are the most in NFL history. His 98.7 career passer rating ranks No. 5 all-time.

Cris Collinsworth and Mike Tirico are set to resume their Sunday Night Football broadcast duties this fall. Former NBC play-by-play announcer Al Michaels joined Amazon's Thursday Night Football.

Former Fox broadcasters Troy Aikman and Joe Buck also left the network this off-season to join ESPN's Monday Night Football. The veteran duo will replace Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick in that role.

Fox Sports announced in March that Kevin Burkhardt will replace Buck. Greg Olsen is expected to join Burkhardt in the broadcast booth. The network announced last week that Brady will become a broadcaster with the network when he retires from the NFL.

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The Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams will host the Buffalo Bills in the first game of the 2022 regular season at 8:20 p.m. EDT Sept. 8 on NBC.

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