The 39-year-old, who's announced that this will be his last season, is a five-time World Series champion and 13-time All-Star, but it's the intangibles he brings to the game that have been lauded most by his fans and mocked most by his detractors.
Well, add "one of the world's best leaders" to the intangible bin.
Writes the magazine: "As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect. It's not the five World Series rings he's won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort."
Other members of the sports world on the list are Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley (who all tied for 20th), as well as Johns Hopkins University swim teams coach George Kennedy (No. 36).
VERDUCCI: Derek Jeter represented everything a superstar should be