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Drew Brees opens up about how long he intends to keep playing

Drew Brees will enter the 2019 NFL season as a member of the exclusive “Age-40-and-Up” fraternity, but the New Orleans Saints quarterback remains uncertain just how long he intends to keep playing.

That said, Brees recently told Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer that he’s making sure to appreciate the little things, as the end of his storied career obviously is coming sooner rather than later.

“I feel I can play a lot longer,” Brees says. “But we’ll see. I just don’t want to take it for granted, I know it’s not going to last forever so I just want to enjoy the moment while it’s here. And about three or four years ago, I just made that commitment—I’m going play every year like it’s my last. I know we say that a lot. But I’m really going to play it like it’s my last.

“And that’s just forced me to enjoy it even more.”

With his 19th season looming, Brees said he is “smarter than I have ever been” when it comes to his mastery of Sean Payton’s offense, and believes his “ability to be as good as I ever have been.”

Brees has remained remarkably consistent with his message related to his future, even if the veteran signal-caller continues to decline to set a definitive endpoint for his Hall of Fame-caliber career.

There is no question that Brees still ranks among the NFL’s top quarterbacks and somehow continues to elevate his play. Still, regardless of how long he continues to suit up, Brees has previously acknowledged that Father Time always wins in the end.

With that in mind — and how Brees and the Saints are coming off a brutally disappointing end to last season— it’s all about savoring the moments, beginning with the 2019 campaign. After that, it truly is anyone’s guess where Brees goes from there.