“I would never regret it. Never,” he said. “No complaints. No regrets. Man, I’ve always tried to play this game with a great respect and a great reverence for it. And I appreciate all that this game has given to me.” “There are obviously so many incredible memories, so many incredible relationships that have come as a result of playing this game,” Brees continued. “And, man, you find out so much about yourself and you have to fight through so much when you play this game.” Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the physical setbacks he endured, Brees said he still found joy during the season. “I probably had to fight through more than I’ve ever had to in any other season in my career — from injury to all the COVID stuff to just crazy circumstances,” he explained. “And it was worth every moment of it. Absolutely.”
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Brees leaves the field a one-time Super Bowl champion and the holder of a number of records, including the most career passing yards and most career pass completions in NFL history, according to NFL Network. In December 2019, months after returning from hand surgery, Brees broke Payton Manning’s record of career touchdown passes and set a new record for single-game completion percentage. Brees joined the Saints in 2006 after being traded from the San Diego Chargers, the team that originally drafted him out of Purdue in 2001. He helped New Orleans win their first Super Bowl in Feb. 2010, and was named the game’s most valuable player. PEOPLE can exclusively announce that Dancing with the Stars season 25 winner Jordan Fisher will sing the National Anthem and perform as part of halftime festivities at the NFL’s 2018 Pro Bowl at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 28.