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Sports Illustrated FANS' CHOICE

INSPIRING PERFORMER of 2012

Rank Your Top Five Inspiring Performers

The winner will be featured in the Dec. 17 issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

Which athlete inspired you the most this year? Which competitor displayed the most courage, fortitude and strength of character on the field of play? SPORTS ILLUSTRATED wants you to select the Most Inspiring Performer of 2012. Beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 21, fans can go to Facebook.com/SportsIllustrated and rank their favorites among 15 candidates selected by SI's editors. The winning athlete will be included in the Dec. 17 issue of the magazine. In the following weeks SI will be asking you to vote on Picture of the Year (balloting begins Nov. 29 for the Dec. 24 issue) and Moment of the Year (Dec. 6 for the cover of the Dec. 31 year-end issue). Remember, every vote counts!

SI DIGITAL BONUS

FIELD BOSS

From the SI Vault: Dec. 9, 1968

Notre Dame built a pocket to stuff O.J. Simpson in and also unveiled a dashing young quarterback, Joe Theismann, to lead the Irish to a winning tie against USC.

BY DAN JENKINS

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CHUCK SOLOMON (DICKEY)

R.A. DICKEY

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AL TIELEMANS (DOUGLAS)

GABBY DOUGLAS

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THOMAS LOVELOCK (MURRAY)

ANDY MURRAY

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ROBERT BECK (MANNING)

PEYTON MANNING

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HEINZ KLUETMEIER (PISTORIUS)

OSCAR PISTORIUS

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GEORGE LONG (THEISMANN)

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