Brees named Sportsman of the Year

Brees shot to fame when he helped the Saints win the Super BowlBy Tucker Harrington

Following the Super Bowl win of the New Orleans Saints, the team's quarterback Drew Brees is being recognized as the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

The recognition award was presented 10 months after Brees helped the Saints go to their first Super Bowl in the team's 47 year history, according to the New York Daily News. On the cover of the magazine announcing his prize, Sports Illustrated writes "The Saints' Super Bowl-Winning Quarterback Continues to Inspire a City on the Rebound."

In addition to his football victory, Brees has also been actively involved in helping New Orleans rebuild itself following the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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

According to Bloomberg, previous athletes who have won the recognition award include Derek Jeter, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.