Drew Brees praises 'maturity' of young quarterbacks like Mahomes, Mayfield

Over the past 20 seasons, NFL fans have been treated to the likes of Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers regularly gracing their television screens on any given Sunday.

The talent of such a group of quarterbacks is undeniable, with 10 Super Bowl victories between the quartet, as well as countless NFL records set, broken and set again. 

While age may be just a number in some aspects of life, that's not the case for professional athletes, as much as Tom Brady would like you to think so. Brady, the oldest quarterback in the league, turned 42 earlier in August. Brees is right behind him at age 40, with several other stars including Aaron Rodgers in their late thirties. 

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The harsh reality is that many of these quarterbacks will be out of the league within a few years – possibly even sooner than anticipated after the retirement of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at the age of 29. 

According to Brees, though, the league will be left in good hands. 

The Saints quarterback heralded the next round of signal-callers, calling Baker Mayfield, Patrick Mahomes and Kyler Murray "phenomenal athletes" and praising their maturity.

"There's a level of maturity there that's unique to the position, especially for young guys," Brees told AOL.com. "Typically it takes a little while, but those guys have seemed to embrace it very quickly."

Brees specifically called out Mahomes for his "remarkable" MVP year in 2018, as well as the "excitement" and "potential" of No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray. 

Brees is currently preparing for his 14th season in New Orleans. 

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