Considering the discussion in the first post of the day, it seems somehow fitting that Derek Jeter officially was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year earlier this morning.
Jeter passed Lou Gehrig to become the all-time Yankees hits leader this season and led the Yankees to their 27th World Series title, fifth of his career. He has also continued to be the model superstar, staying out of trouble away from the field, while having continued success on it. As we’ve seen, that’s no small thing.
Was he the best choice for the award? You certainly could have made a good case for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and for Roger Federer as well. I thought it would have been nice to see Eunice Kennedy Shriver as a posthumous Sportswoman of the Year, since her work to literally create the Special Olympics was fantastic (she passed away in August).
You still can’t go wrong with Jeter. His presence, both with the Yankees and within the game of baseball, is truly something special and in a time when more and more stars see their accomplishments waylaid by trouble, Jeter is one of the few who consistently stays the course. That’s pretty impressive.