Peyton Manning is SI's Sportsman of the Year, but did he deserve it?
Peyton is already adding another award to his mantle, picking up the 2013 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award.
While most of the previous editions of this award have gone to players who win championships, this one was apparently for a different reason, since Peyton lost his only playoff game this year.
Via Will Brinson, someone over at Wikipedia has their theory:
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was the runner-up, and personally I would say that he would have been a far more deserving winner. He put on a hitting clinic in the postseason, particularly in the World Series against the Cardinals, where he hit .688 and led the Red Sox to victory. His grand slam in Game 2 of the ALDS was also a huge moment in the postseason.
Another great candidate could have been Serena Williams. She won two major championships this year, and 11 championships overall. She's the #1 singles player in the world, and had a record of 78-4 in 2013.
Assuming the award was given to Manning as a sort of lifetime achievement award, there's another candidate who would have made more sense. Mariano Rivera, a year after having a crushing knee injury, came back and had an incredible season in his final year of his career. If you're going to give out a lifetime achievement award, Rivera seems like the obvious choice.
No matter what, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Peyton Manning didn't deserve it. Who's with me?