KEY POINTS

  • Drew Brees announced his retirement via social media on Monday
  • He played for 20 seasons in the NFL
  • His career earnings totaled about $270 million by the time he retired

Drew Brees has announced his retirement after spending 20 seasons in the NFL. With his two decades of playing professional football, how many zeros does the quarterback have in his bank account?

Brees’ net worth is estimated to be around $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He built his massive fortune during his time in the NFL, with his career earnings totaling $269.7 million after 20 seasons, per Spotrac.

The 42-year-old football player’s wealth is not surprising given his multimillion-dollar contracts. His last year with the New Orleans Saints saw him taking home a $25 million paycheck. At his peak, Brees earned $40 million while playing for New Orleans. 

Brees also makes big bucks from his endorsements. The QB reportedly took home $15 million per year just from his partnership with major brands.

He has also heavily invested in real estate. Brees and his family own a New Orleans property, which they bought for $1.575 million in 2006. They also have 42,000-square-foot family entertainment and sports facility called Surge Entertainment Center in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The newly retired New Orleans quarterback started playing football during his high school days. He continued honing his craft during his time at Purdue. Despite his team being an underdog in collegiate football, Brees led them to matches against the heavyweights of the league. 

His NFL career took off after joining the San Diego Chargers in 2001. It was in his second year that the team saw his potential and made him a quarterback. He stayed with the Chargers for five years before transferring to the Saints, where he would spend the next 15 years of his career.

Brees’ four children revealed his retirement through a video posted on his Instagram account on Monday. “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!” they said in the clip.

His retirement makes him the all-time leader in career passing yards at 80,358 and the second all-time in touchdowns at 571, ESPN reported. Brees will also be remembered for reviving the Saints franchise after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when he arrived in 2006 together with coach Sean Payton. 

Drew Brees Saints Eagles Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws the ball for a touchdown during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 18, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images