New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announces NFL retirement

The 42-year-old ends his illustrious 20-year career as the most prolific passer in NFL history.

He led the Saints to their only Super Bowl after the 2009 season, when they beat Indianapolis Colts to win the title.

"I am only retiring from playing football, I am not retiring from New Orleans. This is not goodbye, rather a new beginning," he said.

Brees, who joined the Saints from San Diego Chargers in 2006, has thrown for 80,358 yards passing, which is the most in NFL history, while he also made 7,142 completions.