Brady named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year
December 8, 2021 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has been named Sports Illustrated’s 2021 Sportsman of the Year. The annual award, which began in 1954, is given to an athlete, coach or team that best embodies the spirit of sportsmanship, character and performance. “The quarterback earns this honor for the second time, 16 years after the first, for a year defined by victory in Super Bowl LV and - in the midst of an MVP-caliber encore - victory over time itself,” wrote Jon Wertham in announcing the award. Brady, 44, previously won the award in 2005 following his third Super Bowl victory with the New England Patriots.