On Friday, the 35-year-old, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees told reporters that he plans on playing until he is 45-years-old. Brees cited the late career success of Brett Favre, Payton Manning and Tom Brady as evidence that he can play well into his 40’s. Brees also told reporters that he sees playing until he’s 45 as a personal challenge.
“No doubt. There’s no question,” Brees said, in a private moment. “I’m not getting ahead myself, like it’s a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I’m having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn’t I wanna do that? The biggest challenge is physically, the maintenance, the recovery, the way you train. You gotta hope that you stay healthy, but why not?”
Following his comments, Brees was randomly selected to be drug tested on back-to-back days. Brees took to Twitter yesterday to question the randomness of the tests.
On Friday I said I thought I could play til age 45. I have been “randomly” selected for drug tests the last 2 days. What’s up with that! Lol
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) July 27, 2014
While I doubt the tests were random, I have no doubt that Brees can play into his 40’s. Even if the Saints want to get rid of him, he could pull a Brett Favre and bounce from team to team in search of another championship.