New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will take a step back from his "official" role as a leader in the NFL Players Association as Brees stepped down from his seat on the union's executive committee. Brees had been on the committee since 2008.

"I have served as a Player Rep and a member of the executive committee for a long time and will always be a strong voice and outspoken advocate for players, their families, and the Union," Brees said in a statement through the NFLPA. "I am excited to see young leaders in this league step into this role and continue to advance the cause of our Union and the future of our league."

Brees alluded to USA Today and Fox Sports on Tuesday how he wanted to focus on his family with a fourth child on the way and being his team's quarterback.

Meanwhile, Saints tight end Benjamin Watson and Steelers free agent safety and Marrero native Ryan Clark couldn't secure the job of president of the players' union as free agent tackle Eric Winston won Wednesday's election beating out the other two candidates. Watson and Clark will be on the executive board.