‘None of this happens without New Orleans,’ Sportsman of the Year Drew Brees says

James Varney

Drew Brees, who brought his rebuilt shoulder to a city some thought would never rebuild after Hurricane Katrina and led the New Orleans Saints to a Super Bowl title last season, was selected Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year on Tuesday.

As Sports Illustrated Group Editor Terry McDonell, who personally made the pick, put it, Brees didn’t win because his admirable work is done. Rather, more is to come with Brees, he said. His artistry on the field is inseparable from his work off. All of which, McDonell said with undisguised astonishment, is genuine.

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