Not only did Brees transform into a superstar in New Orleans, he helped lead the franchise to its first-ever Super Bowl. In that game, Brees completed 32-of-39 pass attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns.
Brees ultimately retired from the NFL after the 2020 season came to an end. Fast forward a year later, and Payton has decided to walk off into the sunset as well.
A day after Payton's retirement was announced, Brees went on Instagram to thank his former coach for all that he's done.
"So much appreciation for my head coach," Brees wrote. "What an incredible 16 years. He challenged us, motivated and inspired us, pissed us off at times (in a good way), but always did what was best for the team! Perfect blend of old school and present day. Pushed us to the edge, but knew how to have fun doing it. Always optimistic, always in the moment but preparing for the future. And always bringing out the best! An all-time great! Spent every day of my Saints career trying to prove him right!"
Here's the post from Brees:
It's safe to say Brees and Payton have a strong bond.
On the field, Brees and Payton are tied for second in all-time wins by a quarterback-coach duo. The only duo that has more wins is Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.