Last night in New York City Sports Illustrated honored New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter with it’s 2009 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award. The award is presented annually to a person who excels in athletic performance and demonstrates great character, both qualities Jeter has strived to represent in his 14 years with the Yankees.
The captain credited his parents for his success on and off the field by saying, “I thought the cover came out nice. The only thing that I thought was missing from that were my parents on both sides,” Jeter said. “Even if you don’t see them, just know that they’re there beside me at all times.”
Check out pictures from last night’s ceremony below!