Drew Brees's dedication and unwavering faith have allowed him not only to overcome his own adversity but also to give millions of Gulf Coast residents the greatest gift of all: hope. Brees has inspired many in a multitude of ways and remains a driving force for an entire community as it continues to rebuild.
Raymond Paul Bailey, Ottawa, Ill.
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It is rare to see an athlete in today's world as well-rounded as Drew Brees (Sportsman of the Year, Dec. 6). His passion and the way in which he balances football, family and his community are truly unique and admirable.
Nick Samra, Fairfield, N.J.
Nothing against Brees and all he's done in New Orleans, but this year's best example of sportsmanship was shown by Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce in the way they both handled Joyce's blown call at first base, which cost Galarraga a perfect game. Amid all the negative banter regarding Joyce's gaffe, these two men remained gracious and respectful to each other and to the game.
Jim Bernhold, Minster, Ohio
While I think that Brees was a profound selection for Sportsman of the Year, I can't help but ask, If NASCAR is going to be seriously considered a sport, shouldn't SI have considered Jimmie Johnson, the man who has won the Chase five years in a row, as its Sportsman?
Drew Houck, Portland, Ind.
What about Manny Pacquiao's record-setting accomplishments in the ring and his generosity in supporting the poor in his native Philippines? Yes, Brees is an inspiration to the Big Easy, but Pacquiao is an inspiration to an entire country.