Former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is getting into the pickleball game. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Drew Brees has found his next gig.
The longtime New Orleans Saints quarterback and former NBC analyst announced on Thursday that he is now the co-owner of a professional pickleball team.
Yep, you read that right.
“I am an avid pickleball player, fan and student of the game,” Brees said in a statement, via Nola.com. “The opportunity to be a part of the ownership group of the Mad Drops PC is something I’m extremely excited about, and I look forward to helping raise awareness around the incredible players and competitions in MLP, helping grow the sport of pickleball and fostering overall fan engagement.
"As a long-time professional athlete and competitor, myself, I look forward to working with the Mad Drops PC team in our relentless quest to win many championships in the years to come.”
It’s unclear how much Brees bought in to join the ownership group of the Austin-based Mad Drops Pickleball Club. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jim Buss and Bravo’s Ryan Serhant and entrepreneur Andrew Dodge also joined.
Brees’ new team is apparently set to compete next in Newport Beach, California, on Aug. 5.
While it’s definitely an unusual path for a former quarterback to take after they retire from the league, it shouldn’t be all that surprising.
First, owning a pickleball team isn’t that time consuming — meaning that Brees can still do other things. He’s rumored to be in talks to join Amazon’s broadcast team for its “Thursday Night Football” coverage this fall, too.