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Brees won’t be returning for NFL and Notre Dame coverage on NBC | entertainment news

JOE REEDY, AP Sports columnist

Drew Brees officially ended his job at NBC Sports after one year.

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

After this message, Breeze took to social media and said that he had not yet decided his future.

Bevacua said conversations with Bris focused on how he wanted to spend more time with his family.

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“An incredibly busy career in the NFL, and then no hiatus and launching both Notre Dame and NFL football right with us, that was definitely a 24/7 challenge,” Bevacua said. “It was definitely a lifestyle choice for him, which is understandable.”

Brees signed a multi-year contract with NBC in 2020 before he ended a 20-year NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints, holding the record for passing yards and touchdowns. He was an analyst for Notre Dame games with Mike Tirico and was in the studio for Football Night in America most of Sunday. Breeze and Tirico called a wild card round between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Cincinnati Bengals in which Breeze struggled conspicuously.

Breeze was thought by many to be the direct heir to Chris Collinsworth as Sunday Night Football analyst, but Collinsworth will remain in that role as Tirico moves into play-by-play following Al Michaels’ move to Amazon Prime Video for Thursday Night Football.

“It was a new role and everyone has a learning curve. I think he did an incredible job with Notre Dame and got better every week,” Bevacua said. “He was always incredibly prepared, he was curious about how things were and what work was put into them.”

Even though Brees still has his contract with NBC, Bevacua said they wouldn’t interfere if Brees had another opportunity. Fox has an analyst job on the NFL’s No. 2 team, but it’s likely Breeze will spend the season at home.

When it comes to who will name Notre Dame games and take Brice’s place at the NFL studio, Bevacua said they’re close to a final decision.

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