Tim Tebow has been named 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year! He was the obvious choice, but regardless, what a great --
Wait: What's that? Tebow didn't win Sportsman of the Year?
Well, who did?
Derek Jeter has been named 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Tim Tebow has been... well, snubbed.
We talked about this at the beginning of the month: I think Tebow is the clear choice for Sportsman of the Year (SI), Athlete of the Year (SN) or whatever your superlative award (ESPY).
*Led Florida to a national title.
*Came back to school for senior year.
*Hasn't lost this season.
*His never-ending community commitment.
*The general hysteria around everything he does.
Finally: He is arguably the greatest college football player of all time. And if you don't like "greatest," then how about "most popular," "most compelling," "most high-profile" -- you pick.
Tebow hasn't lost a game in 2009. He has won championships. He has handled an absurd level of celebrity with relative ease. He has led. He has created an impossible standard.
If that's not worth "Sportsman of the Year," what is?
Oh, they must be saving him to be named "Sportsman of the Decade." That MUST be it....