In the first week of Drew Brees’ new NBC broadcasting role, it was his hair that stole the spotlight. The 42-year-old visibly has way more hair than he did in his recent years playing football.
Brees himself hasn’t spoken about his magically reappearing hairline, but fans speculate he used some sort of hair restoration products or received a hair transplant before starting his new on-air gig. Another possibility is that Brees wears a hair piece. Nothing has been confirmed.
Here’s a timeline of all the moments Brees’ hair has made headlines:
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While there isn’t an exact date when Brees’ hair noticeably started growing, there were a few moments fans noticed a change during July and August 2020 before the football season started.
In July 2020, Brees released a video and his hairline looked to be restored. Fans began commenting on his new hair and wondered what this could mean. Brees didn’t post many photos following this video, and if he did, he was wearing hats. It was tough to tell what was going on with his hair.
A post shared by Drew Brees (@drewbrees)
But, in August, Brees appeared with a shaved head. At the time, fans wondered if he had gotten a bad haircut. Looking back, it’s possible he could’ve shaved his head in order to get a hair transplant. However, this is just speculation since he has never confirmed any of this.
My QB lookin’ OLD!😭 pic.twitter.com/P8H5kZWnba
Right after the 2021 NFL season ended and there was still a question of whether or not Brees would return to football, a video was released of Brees working out. Not only did this video make headlines due to the fact that he could’ve been working out to return to football, but it caused a lot of discussion because of how much more hair he had.
Drew Brees going the extra mile in a workout 👀 @brgridiron
(via @ToddDurkin) pic.twitter.com/PhFgWwgKBb
This is when the rumors of Brees transitioning to a broadcasting role started heating up Why else would he have miracle hair growth? And, the rumors ended up being true since he announced his official retirement on March 14.
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When Brees made his NBC debut on Sept. 9 at the NFL season opening game, his hair once again went viral, arguably the most it ever has. Brees sported a full head of hair.
Fans took to Twitter to comment on the former Saints quarterback’s new look, making various jokes about his hair making the biggest “comeback” of the season.
What if I told you the greatest comeback in Drew Brees’ career wasn’t on the field, but on his head? #NFLKickoff pic.twitter.com/8VHzdWxIin
In just his first full week of reporting on-air, his hair has made more of an impact on viewers than what he’s been saying. His new hair is still an adjustment for football fans since they are used to seeing him balding in recent years.