David Ortiz was considered for Sports Illustrated Sportsman of Year award

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  December 16, 2013 08:19 AM

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Sports Illustrated's Peter King revealed the magazine's choice for its sportsman of the year, one of the most anticipated awards each year, during Sunday's NFL night game.

The honor went to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, but King said Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was among those considered.

Ortiz was the MVP of the World Series, but also the face of the Red Sox as they rebounded from a pair of dismal seasons in 2011 and 2012. His inspirational speech at the Red Sox' first home game after the Boston Marathon bombings helped Boston's healing process, and his dugout pep-talk during the World Series made it crystal clear who was the team's leader.

Mariano Rivera of the Yankees was also considered, King said.

"[Manning] wins it in the midst of the greatest individual season of his career. At age 37, two years after four neck procedures put his career in serious doubt," King said.

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