Drew Brees Wins SI’s Sportsman of the Year!


Tuesday evening, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was named Sports Illustrated’s 57th Sportsman of the year. In 2009, Brees completed 363 passes for 4,388 yards and 34 touchdowns while leading the Saints to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history. But more important than any statistic or championship Drew Brees obtained, was the hope he provided the city of New Orleans. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, in what was one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. The next year, Drew Brees was signed to the New Orleans Saints. Since 2006, Brees’ legacy continued to grow, never being about wins or losses, rather presenting a sense of city rebirth and unity. In a time when the city was left with a feeling of abandonment, Brees offered the idea of revival. Former coach of San Diego and now offensive coordinator of the New York Jets had this to say, “New Orleans was the perfect fit for Drew. There were questions about Drew and there were questions about New Orleans. But things happen for a reason”. Well in 2010, I don’t think there are many questioning Drew anymore, as he now receives one of the most prestige awards in sports. Way to go No. 9, you have accomplished something that will never be forgotten.

 

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