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Highlights From the Sports Illustrated Awards and the Red Carpet Last Night


Diener was on the scene last night at Hard Rock Live for the SI Awards and got a whole bunch of pictures from the red carpet as the stars came through.

To take a look at all of the pictures, visit the Fox Sports 640 Facebook page.  Also, below is the official press release recap!

The 2021 ‘Sports Illustrated Awards Presented by Pepsi Stronger Together’ Announces Tom Brady as 2021 Sportsperson of the Year;  

Billie Jean King Honored with Muhammad Ali Legacy Award 

Suni Lee, Atlanta Braves, Tyler Herro, LaMelo Ball, Candace Parker Among the Winners

An Unforgettable Night at the Intersection of Sports and Entertainment Hosted by DJ Khaled and Cari Champion Celebrated the World’s Best Athletes Live from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida

Hollywood, FL (December 7th, 2021) – The 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards (SI Awards) presented by Pepsi Stronger Together just closed out an incredible award ceremony and night of entertainment from Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino. The event was attended by A-list athletes and talent including Rob Gronkowski, Billie Jean King, DJ Khaled, Udonis Haslem, Logan Paul, Dan Marino, Chad Johnson and many more who came together to celebrate the moments that defined sports in 2021, with awards ranging from Athlete of the Year to Hometown Hero. The night’s top honors, Sportsperson of the Year and The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, were awarded live to Tom Brady and tennis legend, Billie Jean King.

The 2021 Sports Illustrated Awards Winners:

Sportsperson of The Year Presented by FTX – Tom Brady 

The Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Presented by Alkaline88  – Billie Jean King 

Athlete of the Year Presented by U.S. Polo Assn. – Suni Lee and Caeleb Dressel

Hometown Hero Presented by Pepsi Stronger Together – Udonis Haslem & Candace Parker

Best Dressed Presented by JCPenney – Tyler Herro 

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year presented by Emsculpt Neo – LaMelo Ball

Gamer of The Year Presented by Arcade1Up – JuJu Smith-Schuster

Team of the Year Presented by Vitacost – Atlanta Braves

Play of the Year Presented by Alkaline88 – South Dakota’s tip-drill Hail Mary on final play to beat rival SD State

Sportskid of The Year – Zaila Avant-Garde 

For the first time in the history of the awards, Sports Illustrated unveiled its Sportsperson of the Year live from the ceremony, presenting it to seven-time Champion, Tom Brady. The most prestigious honor in all of sports media, Sportsperson of the Year is an annual award given to an athlete, coach or team who best represents the spirit and ideals of sportsmanship, character and performance. Sports Illustrated’s issue spotlighting Brady as 2021 Sportsperson of the Year is on newsstands on December 16 with early access today at SI.com. 

Tom Brady’s 20+ year career is one of the most illustrious in the League’s history. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star Quarterback has a record-setting7 Super Bowl wins and holds the all-time passing record.

Brady, who received the award from teammate and Tight-End Rob Gronkowski, accepted the honor with this to say:

I last won this award in 2005. So much has changed since then. I mean, think of how far we’ve come…back then, Beyonce was still in Destiny’s Child, we only had two CSI’s and one NCIS! ONE!! I mean…LL Cool J was still just a rapper then. Hard to imagine. Tiger Woods and I have both won this award twice, but LeBron has won it three times. Which just means I might have to keep playing for another 16 years so I can finally win a third and catch him.”