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SI Sportsman of the Year

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Left_Coast, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    is Brett Favre

    NEW YORK — Brett Favre’s standout season for the resurgent
    Green Bay Packers has earned him the title of 2007 Sports
    Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, making him the fourth
    quarterback to win the award in its 53-year history.
    The 38-year-old Favre joins fellow quarterbacks Terry Bradshaw
    (1979), Joe Montana (1990) and Tom Brady (2005) as recipients of
    the award, given to an athlete who symbolizes the ideals of
    Favre, a three-time NFL MVP, said in the cover story of the
    magazine’s Dec. 10th issue that leadership is about finding ways 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,” Favre said. “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
    Favre has started a quarterback-record 249 consecutive games,
    and this year surpassed Dan Marino for career touchdown passes and
    pass attempts. He is 450 yards away from breaking Marino’s career
    record of 61,361 yards.
    Favre has had one of the best seasons of his 17-year career,
    completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 3,412 yards with 18
    touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
    He’s on pace to surpass his career marks in completion
    percentage, yards passing and fewest interceptions per attempts.
    The magazine also recognized Favre’s history of philanthropy,
    including his Fourward Foundation that’s donated more than $4
    million to charities in Wisconsin and Mississippi and assisted
    Mississippi’s Gulf Coast counties after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade won the magazine’s award last year.
  2. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Solid choice.

    But it will get drilled from all angles on here in 3,2,1...
  3. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    (Madden circling on telestrator) Here's a guy who's having a great comeback season ...
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    So I guess the first eight months of the year don't count?
  5. D-3 Fan

    D-3 Fan Active Member

    If Dan Patrick is reading this thread, he'll be pissed. He's going to announce the winner tomorrow night and he didn't want to know, according to what he said on his show last week.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Dan Patrick still has a show?
  7. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Not a bad choice ... solid guy, HOFer having the best season of his career. Tough because his season's not over yet, but there were no other overwhelming choices for it.

    Beats having one of the Red Sox win it and giving Boston another cover.
  8. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    MacGregor basically wrote a profile last year of Favre though that read like a Sportsman of the Year story. Will be interesting to see how they make it read differently.
  9. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    Not bad, but I would have preferred the Colorado Rockies, mainly for giving their playoff (or was it World Series?) share to the family of the minor league coach, and their play from late September to mid-October was pretty impressive too.
  10. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Beat me to it. Great play, great story, good hearts.
  11. Jack_Kerouac

    Jack_Kerouac Member

    Link to Alan Shipnuck's fine story on it.

  12. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    That would have been a good choice, especially in light of how much fun they had (and how much fun they were to watch) down the stretch.

    I'm not much of a fan of naming an entire team, but I wouldn't be able to argue against that choice.
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