Best Athletes of 2011 People In Sports
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Best Athletes of 2011

List Criteria: Only vote for athletes based on their 2011 season

Whether they led your favorite team to a championship or helped a rival team eliminate yours from the playoffs, the best athletes of 2011 provided us with hours of cheers (and a few tears) throughout the year in sports.

These fine athletes accomplished feats never before completed, like when Tom Brady passed for a ridiculous 517 yards in a single game, but also showed that they were human, like when Peyton Manning was ruled out at the beginning of the 2011 NFL season.

Other athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons, like tennis star Serena Williams who was criticized for her on-court profanity or Cam Newton, the number-one NFL Draft pick who dealt with a pay-for-play scandal that shortened his college football career.

Even entire teams were in the news, many for overcoming big obstacles to win a championship, like the Boston Bruins in the NHL, or for huge collapses right before a playoff run, like the Boston Red Sox in the MLB. Others were laughed at when high expectations ended in disappointment, such as the dramatic year for LeBron James and the Miami Heat, who lost in the NBA Finals.

In the end, only one sports team from each league or sport could be named the best, the champions of the year and from each league comes an MVP, one person that stood above the rest in accomplishing great things. Those most valued players, and a few who may not be sporting a new championship ring, but still played quite well, make up the best athletes of 2011.

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    the people's #1 &most listed
    Aaron Rodgers

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    80
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    Usain Bolt

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    77
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    75
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    1988 More
    74
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    Novak Djokovic

    1987 More
    73
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    1987 More
    70
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    1977 More
    66
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    Sebastian Vettel

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    1989 More
    58
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    55
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    1986 More
    54
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    54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Jon Jones

    1987 More
    49
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    1974 More
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    1982 More
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    1981 More
    45
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    1976 More
    45
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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    1985 More
    44
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    Trent Richardson

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    1975 More
    42
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    1981 More
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    1980 More
    39
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    1989 More
    39
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    ranked high on reranks
    Jimmie Johnson

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    39
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    Hope Solo

    1981 More
    39
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    1977 More
    39
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    1970 More
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    1981 More
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    1971 More
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    Brian McCann

    1984 More
    37
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    1981 More
    37
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    1974 More
    36
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    ranked high on reranks
    Shaquille O'Neal

    1972 More
    35
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    1972 More
    34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Arjen Robben

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    Kevin Durant

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    34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    José Bautista

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    1970 More
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    Casey Stoner

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    1986 More
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    1957 More
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    1986 More
    33
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    1983 More
    32
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