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Posted: Wednesday November 4, 2009 4:40PM; Updated: Friday November 27, 2009 12:36PM

2009 SI Sportsman of the Year Essays

S.L. PRICE: Perennial Sportsman snub Roger Federer completed career Grand Slam
MICHAEL BAMBERGER: Paralympic superstar Kurt Fearnley devotes self to good works
SETH DAVIS: Tyler Hansbrough came back to school for all the right reasons
RICHARD DEITSCH: Myron Rolle passed up the NFL draft to be a Rhodes scholar
SELENA ROBERTS: Eunice Kennedy Shriver always enjoyed winning against misperception
TIM LAYDEN: Jamaica's Usain Bolt managed to improve on the impossible in Berlin
BRYAN ARMEN GRAHAM: Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko rule boxing with uncommon dignity
IAN THOMSEN: The more things change for Oregon's Chip Kelly, the more they stay the same
PETER KING: No athlete in any sport has meant as much to his community as Drew Brees
PABLO S. TORRE: Brendon Ayanbadejo shows courage with his stance on same-sex marriage
GRANT WAHL: The U.S. men's soccer team benefitted from fair play and paid it forward
CHRIS BALLARD: Kobe Bryant's unparalleled intensity helped the Lakers to a championship
ALAN SHIPNUCK: Phil Mickelson exhibited class and grace during his darkest days
MICHAEL FARBER: Sidney Crosby validated the lofty expectations with a Stanley Cup victory
AIMEE CRAWFORD: Working mothers across the sports spectrum enjoyed a banner year
LEE JENKINS: Michigan State hoopsters adopted Detroit's economic plight as their own
BEN REITER: Cash didn't change CC Sabathia, who came up huge during Yanks' title run
ALBERT CHEN: Andy Roddick won fans' hearts despite loss to Federer in Wimbledon final
CHRIS MANNIX: Pound-for-pound champ Manny Pacquiao never stops giving back
LARS ANDERSON: Three-time champion Jimmie Johnson is best closer in NASCAR history
MARK BEECH: Femme fatales Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta posted perfection
AUSTIN MURPHY: Florida's Tim Tebow accomplishes as much off the field as on it
GARY VAN SICKLE: Y.E. Yang's PGA Championship triumph inspired an entire continent
GEORGE DORHMANN: Myles Brand was true agent of change in world of college athletics
PHIL TAYLOR: Uncommon blend of honesty and compassion sets Tony Dungy apart
DAMON HACK: By losing gracefully, Tom Watson was the real winner at the British Open
ALEXANDER WOLFF: The Spanish male athlete has become a figure of worldwide dominance
JACK McCALLUM: Diana Taurasi gave fans of the WNBA something worth watching
JON WERTHEIM: MMA star Anderson Silva helped legitimize a controversial sport
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