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Sport Tom Brady named SI Sportsperson of the Year, but should he have been?

07:11  08 december  2021
07:11  08 december  2021 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL).

IMO it should ONLY be one person . When SI makes it an entire team or more than one player its a cop-out. He is simply transcending his sport and elevating himself into a dimension that makes him a cultural icon. He might not be everyone’s idea of icon, but neither was Muhammad Ali or Jim Brown, which is the point. We will probably look back in 20 years and acknowledge that King James could have simply shut up and taken his money to the bank, the way MJ did, the way Derek Jeter did, or the way Tom Brady does.

The year is almost over, and in the eyes of Sports Illustrated, Tom Brady stands alone.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has been named SI's 2021 Sportsperson of the Year, the magazine announced on Tuesday. It is the second time Brady has won the award, having also taken it in 2005 after winning his first three Super Bowls in four years.

Whatever you think of Brady, it seems certain that 2021 will go down as one of the greatest years in his lengthy and decorated career. After leaving behind a two-decade career with the New England Patriots under Bill Belichick, Brady cemented his legacy with his record seventh career Super Bowl title, which gives him more than any single team in the NFL.

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Baseball, especially, is full of them," Sports Illustrated Managing Editor Chris Stone said. "Madison Bumgarner isn't the Sportsman of the Year because he 's from a tiny town, but that town goes a long way toward defining who he is and it gives his story a different texture from past Sportsmen. "The legend of Madison Bumgarner fits neatly in the space where we keep our idea of the archetypal outdoorsy, countrified man, where also reside the embellished, fictionalized Boone [North Carolina] and Mayberry’s Sheriff Andy Taylor. It’s just that in Bumgarner’s case, the stories are true," SI ’s Tom

Tom Brady & Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay Lightning goalie), in some sort of “Tampa Bay, City of Champions” tribute. Longshots: Felix & Caleb Dressel (this is a longshot because Dressel won “only” 5 gold medals in Tokyo, and Mark Spitz didn’t get it when he won 7 in 1972) Brady & Rob Gronkowski Yeah, but MVP is different from SI Sportsperson of the Year . All the baseball players chosen by SI this century have been World Series winners (individually or in '04 - the Red Sox as a team). The last time an MVPs that got the SI nod without winning the Series was basically in the 60s (I’m not going to

At the age of 44, Brady looks well on his way to another great year, leading the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns and sitting as the betting favorite for a fourth MVP award.

It was a big year for Brady, but there were other big years in sports. Here are a few that may have had an argument.

Who else could have won Sportsperson of the Year?

Giannis Antetokounmpo: After years of regular-season dominance and playoff frustration, the Greek Freak finally broke through and led the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title in 50 years. He entered the year having just committed to Milwaukee long-term, and will exit it as a champion and one of the most beloved athletes in Wisconsin history.

Suni Lee/Simone Biles: No moment was more dramatic in the Olympics this year than when Biles, quite possibly the greatest gymnast in the sport's history, dropped out of the all-around competition due to the "twisties," the gymnastics equivalent of the yips. Lee stepped up like few athletes ever have and won gold to continue Team USA's dominance in the event, while Biles worked through her issues and later delivered one of the most inspiring bronze medals you will ever see on the balance beam.

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They are SI 's 2017 Sportsperson of the Year honorees. Thirty years ago, Sports Illustrated’s then-managing editor, Mark Mulvoy, always one for surprises, named eight athletes as the franchise’s collective “ Sportsperson should always transcend the mere playing of the game,” Mulvoy says.

Tom Brady all but wrote his own tribute when he won his fifth Super Bowl ring and became the greatest quarterback of all time. Even the most virulent haters have no answer for that stroke-inducing overtime win over Atlanta. The mic was dropped. On the other side is Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback who not only is not coming off a Super Bowl, but who remains unemployed for reasons that seem to create a controversy every other day on social media. Kaepernick, whose decision to kneel during the national anthem last season transcended sports , landed in the "Icons" section of the Time list (we would

Shohei Ohtani: Even Babe Ruth couldn't top what the Los Angeles Angels two-way star did this year. Ohtani hit like a star, pitched like a star and created combinations of numbers that baseball had never seen before, leading to a well-deserved AL MVP award.

Candace Parker: Brady wasn't the only aging star to change teams and win a title in 2021. What's more, Candace Parker did it with her hometown team, leading the Chicago Sky to their first-ever WNBA title.

Nikita Kucherov: Winning a championship is hard. Winning back-to-back championships is even harder. Winning two championships in the span of 10 months? Come on. Kucherov led all scorers in the NHL playoffs for the second straight year, and may have the Lightning on track for dynasty consideration.

Allyson Felix: The United States has had some very good track and field athletes. And now none of them have as many Olympic medals as Felix. With one more gold and bronze in Tokyo, the 36-year-old Felix now owns 11 medals across five different Games and will go down as a generation-defining athlete in Team USA.

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Sports Illustrated names J.J. Watt, Jose Altuve its Sportspersons of the Year . play. Watt, Altuve SI honor is well deserved (2:00). Mike Golic and Trey Wingo praise Texans DE J.J. Watt and Astros slugger Jose Altuve for their role in rebuilding Houston. Watt knows that he has a long way to go before he 'll be ready to play football again, but the 28- year -old defensive end got a boost when he was able to walk again. "Friday was my first day walking, and it was an extremely happy day,'' Watt said.

The recently named Sportsperson of the Year posed for the magazine wearing a safety pin on his lapel, which has been used to show solidarity with minorities, women, and immigrants in the wake of Donald Trump's win last month. The NBA great was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton and campaigned for her in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio just days before the election. James also opted to not stay at a Trump Hotel during a recent trip with his team, calling his decision a personal preference.

College athletes: We're getting a little outside the box here (like SI did last year), but try to find a bigger winner in 2021 than elite college athletes, who can now directly profit from their labor thanks to the NCAA finally giving up on its amateurism defense.

The fans: If we want to get 2006 Time Magazine about this, the sports industry saw fans finally return in full force while still dealing with a pandemic.

Should any of these names beaten out Brady for the Sports Illustrated honor? It probably depends on your taste, though all of this goes to show that 2021 did not lack for stories in the sports world.

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