New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has announced his retirement.
The 42-year-old has brought the curtain down on a 20-year playing career, which saw him join the Saints from San Diego Chargers in 2006.
He helped the side win Super Bowl 44 in 2010, when they beat Indianapolis Colts to win the title for the first time.
“I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning,” he said.
In a message on social media, he added: “Until the very end, I exhausted myself to give everything I had to the Saints organisation, 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 moulded 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.”
Brees’ 80,358 yards passing is the most in NFL history.
More to follow.