Record-setting Saints QB Drew Brees announces retirement at 42

This Feb. 7, 2010, file photo shows New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrating with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami. Brees, the NFL’s leader in career completions and yards passing has decided to retire after 20 NFL seasons, including his last 15 with New Orleans. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

NEW ORLEANS — The Drew Brees era with the New Orleans Saints — marked by a Super Bowl celebration, raucous record-setting nights in the rebuilt Superdome and the undersized quarterback’s outsized role in a historic city’s rebirth — has ended.