Saints QB Drew Brees named SI “Sportsman of Year”

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was named Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” for 2010, the magazine announced today.

“Drew Brees: Leader of the Saints, Inspiration to his City” reads the cover (left).

“Drew’s accomplishments go far beyond delivering a Super Bowl title,” said Sports Illustrated Group Editor Terry McDonell. “He has been a driving force in a battered city’s ongoing efforts to rebuild and renew while simultaneously resurrecting his own career.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about Brees’ contributions in the SI story. “It’s hard to point to a relationship in our league, between a player and a city, that’s more meaningful than the Saints and Drew Brees,” Commissioner Goodell said.

Following this morning’s announcement, Commissioner Goodell (@nflcommish) tweeted, “congrats @drewbrees for being named SI’s Sportsman of the Year. Great player on the field, even better man in his communities.”

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