10. Brittney Griner, Baylor Women’s Basketball– The Grizzly Beast, as Jerry calls her, dominated the sport like very few ever have finishing off her college career 108-5 and a two-time POY.
9. Andy Murray, Men’s Tennis– Makes this list for simply ending this crazy streak of a British man not winning at Wimbledon. Fred Perry had been the last to do it in 1936.
8. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox– A fantastic season for the best team in the regular season and eventual champion, highlighted by a memorable speech in the face of a city’s disaster and an otherworldly performance in the World Series earning MVP honors.
7. Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens– Arguably the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history miraculously recovered from a torn triceps muscle that threatened to end his season and career to return and help lead Baltimore to an improbable Super Bowl run and victory as he road off into the sunset.
6. Jameis Winston, Florida State– The Heisman trophy winner went through a unique season as both a freshman winning the nation’s highest honor, leading FSU to an unbeaten season where they won every game by double digits, and of course dealing with a most-terrible accusation.
5. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers– What do you do for an encore when you post a triple-crown MVP season? No triple-crown, but how about better numbers, in less games, playing through injury, and another MVP.
4. Jimmie Johnson, NASCAR– A 6th Sprint Cup championship, placing him just one behind Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt on the all-time list.
3. LeBron James, Miami Heat– A second consecutive NBA title, with numerous moments that continue to shape and define him as a player. Oh, also a 4th MVP in 5 seasons.
2. Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis– 34 match winning streak in a season where she went 78-4 and won 11 titles. She won 2 more Grand Slams raising her career total to 17, 4th most ever. She also is the oldest #1 ranked player in the history of her sport at 32 years old.
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos– The start of the year didn’t go so well losing at home in the playoffs, but he was named the comeback player of the year and runner-up for the MVP. He is running away with MVP honors this year for the team with the best record in the sport while shredding the NFL record books yet again.