The leader of the “Heatles” earned 31 of 96 votes cast in a poll of news organizations, enough to beat out Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in second (20 votes) and Johnson, who finished third with seven votes.
Nonetheless, the Hendrick Motorsports driver didn’t seem too perturbed by coming up short in winning the award, which has been given out annually since 1931.
In fact, he took the loss in stride on Twitter, even taking time during a tweet on the subject to deliver an apparent jab toward all of the people who look down upon his job as un-athletic.
Or maybe it was just meant for a certain ex-Philadelphia Eagle that, in an apparent attempt to boost buzz for a fledgling sports network’s show of record, chose to talk about what he didn’t know and was promptly skewered for it.
But I’ll let you be the judge…
So I'm told the @AP or @AP_Sports ranked me as the 3rd best athlete of 2013… not bad for a non-athlete. 😎