Drew Brees is Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year
For the third time in six years, an NFL quarterback is Sports Illustrated's choice for Sportsman of the Year. And, no offense to Tom Brady or Brett Favre, but this QB takes the award to another level.
Drew Brees, who led the New Orleans Saints to victory in the Super Bowl, will be presented with the award Tuesday in New York, becoming the fifth NFL quarterback to win the award (Terry Bradshaw in 1979, Joe Montana in 1990, Brady in 2005 and Favre in 2007).
Brees, 31, wins the award for more than merely being a Super Bowl champion. He helped lift a hurricane-ravaged city to a rebirth that happened to coincide with his own career renewal. As Brees has said of coming to New Orleans after his shoulder surgery and its Hurricane Katrina: "I needed New Orleans just as much as New Orleans needed me."
"It's an unbelievable honor, for everything that it stands for," Brees said on "Today." "And it just makes me reflect back on the last five years in New Orleans, and the teams that I've had the opportunity to play for. And it's just been a special, special journey."
I just wanted 2 say congrats 2 my buddy @drewbrees 4 being named SI Sportsmen of the Year - Can't think of a more worthy recipient! WellDone
| November 30, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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