Sports Illustrated will name its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Dec. 6. Leading up to the announcement, SI writers provided their nominees and the reason why they believe their candidate deserved the annual honor. Click through the gallery to check out 2011's nominees and read excerpts from our stories. "I've always loved college sports, because hey, I loved college and I love sports. It's really as simple as that: Two of our most enjoyable institutions, mixed together into one glorious cocktail. And that is why Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is my Sportsman of the Year. He reminded us that college sports do have redeeming value, in a year when the whole enterprise seemed to be covered in slime." Click here to read more.