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Congratulations to Dwyane Wade of the NBA champion Miami Heat, your 2006 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

But sportsmanship isn't the first word that comes to mind for a few previous winners. Pete Rose, SOTY in 1975, is banned from baseball for life for gambling.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, who shared honors in 1998, are now linked to performance-enhancing drugs, tainting baseball's home run era.

Otherwise, I'm happy to report most winners seem to have maintained high standards the remainder of their careers and lives. I was half-hoping to find O.J. and Kirby Puckett on the list.

One last note. Rafer Johnson, decathlete and 1958 winner (below), went on to work for Robert Kennedy's 1968 campaign. He was among those who wrestled Sirhan Sirhan to the ground.1958SI.jpg

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