Happy Thanksgiving from the Proday Media family. We hope that you are enjoying great food, family and friends. This has been a monumental year in sports. One filled with lessons learned and blessings.  Before you tear up that turkey and stuffing, be sure to read our list of the sports personalities that we are thankful for so far in 2017.

Colin Kaepernick

He may have been black balled by NFL owners, but what he has gained by standing up for his beliefs is something that could not have been gained from touchdowns and QBR. Kap has entered into the rarified activist-athlete air of Muhammad Ali, John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Bill Russel and pre-Trump support Jim Brown. Although he hasn’t spoken publicly in months, GQ’s 2017 Citizen of the Year’s actions are loud and clear. Even if he never takes another snap, Kap is a hero in our book.

Shannon Sharpe

When Sharpe was joined FS1 to debate with Skip Bayless on Undisputed, many had no idea what the NFL great would bring to the table. Those people have been pleasantly surprised with brutal honesty, southern charm and true sports knowledge. Sharpe isn’t your typical talking head, he speaks his mind at all times and judging by the plethora of memes featuring Sharpe, the internets love it. Toast the Yak and light up the Milds for the most charismatic man on sports television.


Serena Williams

The youngest Williams sister has had the best year on record in quite some time. She began the year by winning the Australian Open while eight months pregnant, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and got married in 2017. Even for an athlete who is widely considered to be the G.O.A.T. of tennis, this year will be hard to beat. We’re thankful that we were able to witness the greatness that is Serena!

Marshawn Lynch

How can you not love Marshawn? He is the definition of a free athlete. He literally does what he wants to, when he wants. Although the Raiders have greatly underachieved this season, Lynch has given fans a few shining moments to talk about, both on and off the field. Keep it a buck, what other player would ever run a scrimmage at his high school while suspended from the league or defend a friend—who plays for the opposing team—during a fight? No one else!


McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas

Ex USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser is a vile person who deserves all of the bad things that await him in prison. This poor excuse for a human was accused of sexually assaulting over 100 athletes, including the aforementioned trio—many of whom were underage at the time of the abuse. We salute Maroney, Raisman, Douglas and all of the other women who have been courageous enough to speak out publicly about their experiences. Hopefully the light that they have brought to this issue will prevent this type of behavior from happening again

posted on 11/23/2017 by branden peters
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