Sports Illustrated

SOTY

12 LEADING OFF

PICTURES OF THE YEAR

SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR

66 Serena Williams

For how she dominated, and the ways in which she grew

By S.L. Price

LEGACY AWARD

88 Jack Nicklaus

Golf's consummate professional remains a towering figure

By Michael Bamberger

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

98 Best of the Rest

Individual excellence was abundantly evident across the landscape of sports

GOLFER OF THE YEAR

108 Jordan Spieth

Can he top what he did in 2015? Don't bet against him

By Alan Shipnuck

TEAM OF THE YEAR

116 The Warriors

They're going with the flow and joining the all-time greats

By Lee Jenkins

BREAKOUT OF THE YEAR

124 Malcolm Butler

The Super Bowl hero is not likely to fumble his fame

By Emily Kaplan

INSPIRATION OF THE YEAR

130 U.S. Women's Soccer

In winning the World Cup, the team captivated a nation

By Grant Wahl

RETIREES OF THE YEAR

136 Over and Out

Money, Hair Canada, Wonder Boy: Some of sports' biggest stars called it quits in 2015

ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR

144 American Pharoah

He reminded the country why it loves horse racing

By Tim Layden

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS

150 Everyday Sportsmen

There are many, lasting ways for athletes to demonstrate how inspiring sports can be

50 COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Baker Mayfield

There's a method behind the Oklahoma QB's madcap style

By Albert Chen

56 PRO FOOTBALL

Michael Bennett

Seattle's defensive end has an opinion about everything

By Greg Bishop

Departments

6 SI Now

8 Editor's Letter

30 Inbox

33 Scorecard

42 Faces in the Crowd

44 Just My Type

Dan Patrick: Michael Irvin

156 Point After

Steve Rushin: On time

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