ESPY's Top Male Athlete: Jimmie Johnson—For Real?

Kyle Strittholt@Man0fSteel94Correspondent IJuly 2, 2009

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29:  Jimmie Johnson, the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion, poses with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Trophy in Times Square during NASCAR Champions Week November 29, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

There are so many phenomenal athletes nowadays, it's hard to determine who really is the best.

So when I looked at this year's finalists for the ESPY's Top Male Athlete I was a little stunned.

I saw LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Michael Phelps and then thought, "This is a pretty good list," but then saw the final name, Jimmie Johnson.

I have nothing against racing—you have to be very talented to do it and I will admit there is no way I could go a lap. But to tell me Jimmie Johnson is on the top four list of all male athletes? You have to be completely out of your mind.

Jimmie Johnson won three straight Sprint Cup Championships, but does that say he's the best athlete?

I think he could be at the top for most talented, but not one of the most athletic guys in the world.

LeBron James and Kobe Bryant do unimaginable things on a day-to-day basis and both are the best basketball players in the world.

Look at Michael Phelps and what he did at the Olympics. He is the only person in history to win eight gold medals.

Do you really want to compare Jimmie Johnson to them?

How about Adrian Peterson, who has been a dominant football player?

I honestly don't know if they have to be from this country, but Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. Why isn't he on this list?

Jimmie Johnson is my choice for Best Driver, but as Top Male Athlete I don't think he should be compared to any of these stars.

I highly doubt that he will win with Michael Phelps on the list, but if he some how does that will be a huge disappointment.