Sport: Football
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 2010 Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl MVP, 6x Pro Bowler, 2008 Offensive POY
Remember when Drew Brees was football's pariah? In 2006, the quarterback was thrown out of San Diego quicker than you could say "Phillip Rivers." The Dolphins had a shot at him but passed for Daunte Culpepper. How'd that work out for y'all? Brees is one of the league's elite quarterbacks, brought a Super Bowl championship to New Orleans and, if the Saints needed him to, could probably player-coach in the wake of Sean Payton's suspension. In addition to throwing 46 touchdowns last season, the six time Pro Bowler set NFL records for completion percentage (.712) and passing yards (5,476). With Peyton Manning hanging by a staple, Brees sits between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers on the football's Mount Rushmore—while Daunte Culpepper takes the picture.