Why Jimmie Johnson Winning Athlete of the Year is an Outrage

Steve ChottCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

On Monday, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson won AP Athlete of the Year. This award comes after Johnson has won four straight NASCAR championships.

Johnson is the first NASCAR driver to ever win four straight, and he got awarded with the AP Athlete of the Year award.

But does Johnson deserve this award?

The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT!

What Jimmie Johnson has done is an amazing feat. Some people like to say that they could race NASCAR. I know that I couldn't race in NASCAR, and I definitely couldn't win four straight championships.

But I'm not convinced what Jimmie Johnson does takes "athleticism".

According to the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, an athlete is "a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina"

While driving a car at the speeds they do does take strength, it doesn't take agility or stamina. For these reasons, some people like to say NASCAR isn't even really a sport.

I'm not going into that now, but someone who sits in the same spot for three hours isn't an athlete, and isn't athletic.

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Besides the fact that Jimmie Johnson isn't an athlete, he is getting this honor more as a reward for what he has done over the past four years, not this year.

The AP Athlete of the Year award is awarded for the athlete of 2009, and Johnson is being awarded for the accomplishments he's achieved in the past four years.

Give the award to LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Joe Mauer, Alex Ovechkin, Lionel Messi, or anyone else who is an "athlete".

But instead they gave it to Jimmie Johnson which is an outrage.


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