Brees named SI's Sportsman of the Year

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees passes against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas October 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Mike Stone)

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NEW YORK -- New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been named Sports Illustrated's 2010 Sportsman of the Year.

The award is presented annually to the person or team who transcended the year in both athletic performance and character.

Brees guided the Saints to the franchise's first Super Bowl title last February and was named the game's MVP in the 31-17 upset of Indianapolis. He has also established The Brees Dream Foundation to support cancer research and the education of children in need. It also aids in civic recovery, as the region continues to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

"Drew's accomplishments go far beyond delivering a Super Bowl title to a notoriously long-suffering franchise," said Sports Illustrated Group Editor Terry McDonell in the magazine's press release. "He has been a driving force in a battered city's ongoing efforts to rebuild and renew while simultaneously resurrecting his own career."

Brees is the sixth quarterback to win SI's coveted honor, including the third in the past six years. Brett Favre won it in 2007 and Tom Brady was recognized in 2005. The other quarterbacks were Oregon State's Terry Baker in 1962, Terry Bradshaw [shared with Willie Stargell] in 1979 and Joe Montana in 1990.

Last year's winner was New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.


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