Favre Named SI's 2007 Sportsman Of The Year

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*The Winningest Quarterback of All Time Is the Fourth

Pro Football Player Honored Since the Award's Inception in 1954*

Packers quarterback Brett Favre, the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes and victories under center, has been chosen as the 2007 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. The award, given annually by the magazine to the athlete who best symbolizes in character and performance the ideals of sportsmanship, was announced by SI Group Editor Terry McDonell.

The Sportsman of the Year issue, dated Dec. 10, will hit newsstands Wednesday, Dec. 5. A tribute to Favre, including exclusive video segments, galleries of past Sportsman covers and My Sportsman nominations from dozens of SI writers, will be featured on www.SI.com/sportsman. Favre will receive the Sportsman of the Year award, a sterling silver trophy crafted by Tiffany & Co., at a party in his honor in New York City Tuesday evening.

"Brett is a great winner, but this award recognizes much more than winning," said McDonell. "It recognizes performance off the field equally and celebrates the love of the game. Brett is having an astounding year on every level."

This season, Favre has completed 296 of 439 passes (67.4 percent) for 3,412 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He is on pace to set career highs in completions, completion percentage and yards. His current quarterback rating of 97.9 would be the second-highest single-season mark in his career.

In this week's cover story, SI senior writer Alan Shipnuck talks with Favre about leadership and Favre states, "It's somehow getting 52 other guys to raise their level of play. To get them to believe in what we're trying to do. 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."

Favre has started 249 consecutive games, the longest streak ever by an NFL quarterback. This season, his 16th in Green Bay, he tied Bart Starr for most seasons in a Packers uniform. He also broke Dan Marino's career records for touchdown passes and pass attempts, as well as John Elway's record for career victories by a quarterback. With 60,912 passing yards, Farve should soon surpass Marino's career record of 61,361.

Favre's Sportsman credentials include an impressive history of philanthropy. In 1996, Favre established the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, which has donated more than $4 million to charities in Wisconsin and his home state of Mississippi, including $1 million raised to assist Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties on Mississippi's Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Favre is the fourth NFL player to be named Sportsman, and all have been quarterbacks: Terry Bradshaw (1979, with Willie Stargell), Joe Montana (1990) and Tom Brady (2005) were the others. Favre is the first Green Bay Packers player to earn the honor.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMEN AND SPORTSWOMEN OF THE YEAR

*1954 ROGER BANNISTER, TRACK

1955 JOHNNY PODRES, BASEBALL

1956 BOBBY MORROW, TRACK

1957 STAN MUSIAL, BASEBALL

1958 RAFER JOHNSON, TRACK

1959 INGEMAR JOHANSSON, BOXING

1960 ARNOLD PALMER, GOLF

1961 JERRY LUCAS, COLLEGE BASKETBALL

1962 TERRY BAKER, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

1963 PETE ROZELLE, PRO FOOTBALL

1964 KEN VENTURI, GOLF

1965 SANDY KOUFAX, BASEBALL

1966 JIM RYUN, TRACK

1967 CARL YASTRZEMSKI, BASEBALL

1968 BILL RUSSELL, PRO BASKETBALL

1969 TOM SEAVER, BASEBALL

1970 BOBBY ORR, PRO HOCKEY

1971 LEE TREVINO, GOLF

1972 BILLIE JEAN KING, TENNIS & JOHN WOODEN, COLLEGE BASKETBALL

1973 JACKIE STEWART, AUTO RACING

1974 MUHAMMAD ALI, BOXING

1975 PETE ROSE, BASEBALL

1976 CHRIS EVERT, TENNIS

1977 STEVE CAUTHEN, HORSE RACING

1978 JACK NICKLAUS, GOLF

1979 TERRY BRADSHAW, PRO FOOTBALL & WILLIE STARGELL, BASEBALL

1980 U.S. OLYMPIC HOCKEY TEAM*

1981 SUGAR RAY LEONARD, BOXING

1982 WAYNE GRETZKY, PRO HOCKEY

1983 MARY DECKER, TRACK

1984 EDWIN MOSES, TRACK & MARY LOU RETTON, GYMNASTICS

1985 KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, PRO BASKETBALL

1986 JOE PATERNO, COLLEGE FOOTBALL

1987 ATHLETES WHO CARE**

1988 OREL HERSHISER, BASEBALL

1989 GREG LEMOND, CYCLING

1990 JOE MONTANA, PRO FOOTBALL

1991 MICHAEL JORDAN, PRO BASKETBALL

1992 ARTHUR ASHE, TENNIS

1993 DON SHULA, PRO FOOTBALL

1994 BONNIE BLAIR & JOHANN OLAV KOSS, SPEED SKATING

1995 CAL RIPKEN JR., BASEBALL

1996 TIGER WOODS, GOLF

1997 DEAN SMITH, COLLEGE BASKETBALL

1998 MARK MCGWIRE & SAMMY SOSA, BASEBALL

1999 U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM*

2000 TIGER WOODS, GOLF

2001 RANDY JOHNSON & CURT SCHILLING, BASEBALL

2002 LANCE ARMSTRONG, CYCLING

2003 TIM DUNCAN & DAVID ROBINSON, PRO BASEKTBALL

2004 BOSTON RED SOX

2005 TOM BRADY. PRO FOOTBALL

2006 DWYANE WADE, PRO BASKETBALL

  • HERB BROOKS (COACH), CRAIG PATRICK (ASSISTANT COACH), MIKE ERUZIONE (TEAM CAPTAIN), BILL BAKER, NEAL BROTEN, DAVE CHRISTIAN, STEVE CHRISTOFF, JIM CRAIG, JOHN HARRINGTON, STEVE JANASZAK, MARK JOHNSON, ROB MCCLANAHAN, KEN MORROW, JACK O'CALLAHAN, MARK PAVELICH, MIKE RAMSEY, BUZZ SCHNEIDER, DAVE SILK, ERIC STROBEL, BOB SUTER, PHIL VERCHOTA, MARK WELLS.

** BOB BOURNE (PRO HOCKEY); KIP KEINO (TRACK); JUDI BROWN KING (TRACK); DALE MURPHY (BASEBALL); CHIP RIVES (COLLEGE FOOTBALL); PATTY SHEEHAN (GOLF); RORY SPARROW (PRO BASKETBALL); REGGIE WILLIAMS (PRO FOOTBALL).

*TONY DICICCO (COACH), MICHELLE AKERS, BRANDI CHASTAIN, TRACY DUCAR, LORRIE FAIR, JOY FAWCETT, DANIELLE FOTOPOULOS, JULIE FOUDY (TEAM CAPTAIN), MIA HAMM, KRISTINE LILLY, SHANNON MACMILLAN, TIFFENY MILBRETT, CARLA OVERBECK (TEAM CAPTAIN), CINDY PARLOW, CHRISTIE PEARCE, TIFFANY ROBERTS, BRIANA SCURRY, KATE SOBRERO, TISHA VENTURI, SASKIA WEBBER, SARA WHALEN.*

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