Brees won’t return for NBC’s NFL and Notre Dame coverage | Entertainment News

By JOE REEDY, AP Sports Reporter

Drew Brees is officially over at NBC Sports after a year.

NBC Sports President Pete Bevacqua said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that Brees will not be part of the network’s NFL and Notre Dame coverage this year. The New York Post reported last month that the former quarterback will not be returning as a studio or game analyst.

Following that report, Brees took to social media and said he hasn’t decided on his future.

Bevacqua said conversations with Brees centered around him wanting to spend more time with his family.

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“The incredible activity of an NFL career and then not really taking a break and jumping right in with us with Notre Dame football and the NFL, that was definitely a 24-hour mission,” said Bevacqua. “It was definitely a lifestyle choice for him, which is totally understandable.”

Brees signed a multi-year contract with NBC in 2020, before ending a 20-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints as the record holder for passing yards and touchdowns . He was an analyst for Notre Dame games with Mike Tirico and was in the studio most Sundays for “Football Night in America.” Brees and Tirico called the wild card round game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals where Brees obviously struggled.

Many thought Brees would be Cris Collinsworth’s heir apparent as a ‘Sunday Night Football’ analyst, but Collinsworth will stay in that role as Tirico moves into the play-by-play spot after Al Michaels stints to Amazon Prime Video for “Thursday Night Football.

“It was a new role and everyone has a learning curve. I think he did an amazing job with Notre Dame and got better every week,” Bevacqua said. “He was always incredibly prepared, curious about how things were run and the work that went into it. was consecrated.”

Even though Brees remains under contract with NBC, Bevacqua said they wouldn’t stand in the way if another opportunity presented itself to Brees. Fox has an opening for an analyst on his No. 2 NFL team, but it’s likely Brees will spend the season at home.

When it comes to who will call the Notre Dame games and fill Brees’ NFL studio spot, Bevacqua said they’re getting closer to a final decision.

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