Drew Brees named Sports Illustrated’s player of year
The famous American sports magazine Sports Illustrated has named New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as its sportsman of the year because of the Super Bowl championship that he won on the field as well as the charity work he does off of the field.
It was the 57th year that the magazine has given out the award and the winner was announced on national television on Nov. 30th on the ‘Today’ show. Brees was a hero in New Orleans as he led the club to its first-ever Super Bowl championship back in February to raise the spirits of the hurricane-stricken American city.
However, the magazine article points to the fact that there’s a lot more to Brees than just playing professional football for the New Orleans Saints. He joined the club back in 2006, just a few months after the city of New Orleans was devastated by the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. Brees launched a foundation to help the citizens of the city and it has worked hand in hand with about 50 local organizations and schools to help in the area recover from the storm.
Brees said that he’s learned the Sports Illustrated award goes much deeper than just honouring on-field accomplishments and that it’s also important for pro athletes to help out and give back to the community in which they live and/or play in. He added that community work is essential and that’s why the being named the recipient of the award is so special to him.
Brees becomes the fifth NFL quarterback to win the award and is also the third to win it in the past six years. Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers won it back in 1979, Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers was honoured in 1990, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was named the winner in 2005 and Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers was the last to win it back in 2007.
Terry McDonell, who is the Sports Illustrated Group editor, said that it didn’t matter that Brees’ on-field achievements seem so long ago now because the Super Bowl took place near the start of the year. He added that it was a pretty easy choice for the magazine to name Brees the winner because of his excellent contributions to society. He said that Brees works hard all year round, not just during the NFL football season.
Brees is set to be honoured at a special ceremony on Nov. 30th in New York City with some of the past winners of the prestigious award.