The SI Sportsperson of the Year has been chosen by Sports Illustrated since the magazine’s 1954 founding to ‘honor the person or team whose performance most embodies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement’.
Even though Sports Illustrated is a US based publication, non American athletes are also eligible to win that year award. There have also been several years in which multiple athletes have won the award.
This wear we finally had athletes who represent two Houston sports teams win the SI Sportsperson of the Year award in Jose Altuve and JJ Watt.
We all are aware of the awesomeness of the Houston Texans all world defensive lineman, but he also has a heart as big as the over 600 square miles of Houston.
As H-town was reeling in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, Watt raised $37 million for relief efforts here.
Altuve is not only a humanitarian who devotes time to several causes here in the Houston area, also led the Houston Astros to their first ever World Series title in a memorable playoff run for this team. Altuve also captured the American League MVP along the way
It has been an amazing sports year in Houston with the Astros title, the Dynamo making it to the MLS Western Conference finals and the Rockets getting off to a strong start in the 2017-18 NBA season. Altuve and Watt winning the SI Sportsperson of the Year just adds an exclamation point to it.