sports The Best Athletes of 2011  

Ranker Community
Originally by
4.7k votes 507 voters 27.7k views 100 items Embed

List Rules 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.

Check out more lists like Best Athletes of 2012, Ugliest Athletes of All Time, Sexiest Male Athletes
list ordered by

1
107 79
Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Dirk Nowitzki age 39

The Smartest Professional Athletes 10 Incredibly Talented Actors Whose Skills Were Overshadowed by One Role

2
97 76
Usain Bolt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Usain Bolt age 31

3
90 65
Novak Djokovic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

4
84 98
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Aaron Rodgers age 34

5
66 78
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Derrick Rose age 29

6
88 55
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Lionel Messi age 30

7
71 72
Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

8
37 13
Michael Schuhmacher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

9
66 84
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Tom Brady age 40

10
26 14
Lindsey Vonn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Lindsey Vonn age 33

11
48 34
Sebastian Vettel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

12
33 15
Mario Götze is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Mario Götze age 25

13
31 11
Nicklas Lidström is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

14
18 4
Sally McLellan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Sally McLellan age 31

15
31 18
Wesley Sneijder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

31 Hilariously Honest Video Game Titles That Save Everybody Time The Best Pop Folk Artists of All Time

16
48 52
Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Rafael Nadal age 31

17
16 1
Therese Johaug is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Therese Johaug age 29

18
17 2
Lewis Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Lewis Hamilton age 32

19
45 59
Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Kobe Bryant age 39

20
15 3
Tatyana Chernova is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Tatyana Chernova age 29

21
14 2
Marit Bjørgen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Marit Bjørgen age 37

22
14 2
Thomas Morgenstern is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Thomas Morgenstern age 31

23
15 1
Maria Höfl-Riesch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Maria Höfl-Riesch age 31

24
18 3
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
snowman69 added Chipper Jones age 45

25
15 1
David Storl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added David Storl age 25

26
36 22
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Wes Welker age 34

27
12 1
Andreas Thorkildsen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Andreas Thorkildsen age 35

28
12 1
Brian McCann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
snowman69 added Brian McCann age 31

29
25 11
Apolo Ohno is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Apolo Ohno age 35

9 Misconceptions and Falsehoods About the Salem Witch Trials Countries Ruled by a Presidential System

30
19 5
Casey Stoner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Casey Stoner age 30

31
14 1
Sofiya Velikaya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Sofiya Velikaya age 30

32
23 10
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

33
15 10
Anderson Silva is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

34
14 1
Jodie Williams is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Jodie Williams age 24

35
14 1
Betty Heidler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Betty Heidler age 32

36
36 21
Hope Solo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Hope Solo age 36

37
15 2
Linn Jørum Sulland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Linn Jørum Sulland age 33

38
40 56
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Blake Griffin age 28

39
14 2
Kim Clijsters is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Kim Clijsters age 34

40
27 16
Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Jimmy Graham age 29

41
31 20
Shaun White is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Shaun White age 31

42
13 2
Samantha Stosur is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Samantha Stosur age 33

43
13 2
Stacy Lewis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Stacy Lewis age 30

Athletes Charged with Domestic Violence Famous Male Gymnasts

44
11 1
Mohamed Farah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Mohamed Farah age 34

45
21 10
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

46
13 2
Ashton Eaton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Ashton Eaton age 29

47
42 69
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011

48
12 7
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Dwyane Wade age 35

49
20 20
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Arjen Robben age 33

50
12 3
Valentina Vezzali is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Athletes of 2011
Boqueman added Valentina Vezzali age 43