Most Influential Athletes of America
Riding a long time rep as a good quarterback and a good guy. Brees will always be remembered as the one who led post Katrina New Orleans to its first Super Bowl title. Brees started his career with the San Diego Chargers, earning the starting job in 2002 and making the Pro Bowl in 2004. He was the NFL s Comeback Player of the Year in 2004, the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011, and the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sports Illustrated named Brees as its 2010 Sportsman of the Year. In 2013, Brees became the fastest player ever to join the 50,000 yard club. He did it in 183 games, passing the 50,000 milestone during a 31 13 Saints win over the Carolina Panthers.