Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre has been named by Sports Illustrated as the 2007 Sportsman of the Year. He is only the fourth quarterback in 53 years to win the award. Previous QB’s include Terry Bradshaw, who won in 1979, Joe Montana in 1990, and Tom Brady in 2005. The award is given to an athlete who embodies the ideals of sportsmanship.
He spoke with SI regarding leadership and how he tries to “raise his team’s level of play”.
“You do that by setting an example, by doing things the right way. I’ve always shown up, I’ve always been prepared, I practice every day. I practice hard. I study. No matter what happens on the field, I never point blame at anybody else. Everything I do comes back to leadership, the example I want to set.”
His career has spanned 17 years and started a record 249 games (as a QB), and this year he passed Dan Marino in career touchdown passes and pass attempts. Another 450 yards and he’ll break Marino’s record of 61,361 yards. He is truly having the season of his life.
His charity work did not go unnoticed by Sports Illustrated either. It was noted that through his Fourward Foundation he has donated more than $4 million to charities in Wisconsin and Mississippi (he was born and raised in MS). He has helped the Mississippi counties that were affected by Hurricane Katrina as well.
Congratulations, Brett…an honor well deserved.