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The individual excellence that was a big part of 2017

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Many standout individual performances highlighted the sports calendar in 2017. Although the many of the most popular sports are team sports, that did not stop athletes from around the country from having terrific individual performances throughout the year. Those individual performances also served as a reminder of how incredible sports can be on the field or court of play after reminders from sports fans and even Donald Trump who forget that athletes are more than talented people playing a game for a career.

Sports fans were treated early in 2017 to a couple of fantastic championship games in the NFL and in college football. The New England Patriots came back to win Super Bowl 51 over the Atlanta Falcons by erasing the biggest deficit in Super Bowl history and it led Tom Brady to earning his fifth Super Bowl ring and discussions that he is “officially” the greatest of all time among NFL quarterbacks. In college football, Alabama and Clemson had a rematch of their terrific 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship with former Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson totaling four total touchdowns in a Clemson win. Watson had fabulous performance against a strong Alabama defense.

During the 2017 NBA Finals, new rivals the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers matched up again with new addition Kevin Durant being named Finals MVP due to an all-around brilliant performance. Durant’s former teammate in Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook, was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the regular season because he had a season for the ages by averaging a triple-double for an entire season. Westbrook did something that had not been done in the NBA since NBA legend Oscar Robertson did so over 50 years ago. In the National Hockey League, future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby led the Pittsburgh Penguins to another Stanley Cup championship in 2017. Crosby displayed his skill and importance to his team throughout the playoffs with a strong playoff run.

The home run was at an all-time high in Major League Baseball. Two massive power hitters in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, now teammates, both hit a record amount of home runs during an interesting 2017 Major League Baseball season that ended with a fun World Series between the Astros and Dodgers. During that World Series, Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, garnered a lot attention due to his excellence throughout 2017. There were even athletes who did great things off the playing field like J.J. Watt’s fundraising for hurricane relief, NFL players like Michael Bennett assisting disenfranchised communities of color, and NHL players in Las Vegas responding to the tragedy with the Las Vegas shooting.


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