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Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  5 responses

LeBron James Named AP Male Athlete of the Year

The Associated Press has chosen LeBron James as its male athlete of the year. Hard to argue with their decision:

James was announced Thursday as The Associated Press’ 2013 Male Athlete of the Year, becoming the third basketball player to capture the award that has been annually awarded since 1931. James received 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, beating Peyton Manning (20) and Jimmie Johnson (7).

“I’m chasing something and it’s bigger than me as a basketball player,” James told the AP. “I believe my calling is much higher than being a basketball player. I can inspire people. Youth is huge to me. If I can get kids to look at me as a role model, as a leader, a superhero … those things mean so much, and that’s what I think I was built for. I was put here for this lovely game of basketball, but I don’t think this is the biggest role that I’m going to have.”

Past winners include Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Carl Lewis, Joe Montana, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps. Serena Williams was the AP Female Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday. James joins Michael Jordan and Larry Bird as NBA players to win the award.

“I don’t think I’ve changed much this year,” James said. “I’ve just improved and continued to improve on being more than just as a basketball player. I’ve matured as a leader, as a father, as a husband, as a friend.”

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  • TriggaMan

    If Peyton would of won a playoff game last year I would of had to argue this, but they got it right, the king reigns in glory

  • spit hot fiyah

    “how does it feel to get snubbed?”

  • The Seed

    Really, did they watch the NBA Finals, his best game was game 7. LOL

  • 2chainz
  • RedDragon10

    I wouldn’t mainly because the award is for best “athlete.” Which makes me wonder, how can a nascar driver receive votes for this award?

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