Brett Favre's standout season for the Green Bay Packers has earned him the title of 2007 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. He's just 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. It goes to an athlete who symbolizes the ideals of sportsmanship.
Favre, a three-time NFL MVP, says in the cover story of the magazine's December 10th issue that leadership is about finding ways to raise his team's level of play.
He says it's done by setting an example. In his case, he says he's always been prepared, practiced every day, studied, in other words done things the right way.
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.