Best Sports Role Model Houston 2003 - Craig Biggio
Readers' Choice: Craig Biggio
It's not easy being an athlete. You make millions of dollars, and the public expects you to perform at the highest level and not be a jerk. Craig Biggio is no longer able to perform at the highest level. There's also word that he can be a bit of a jerk. But he's the Sportsman of the Year because of his actions off the playing field. He's a prominent supporter of the Sunshine Kids, an organization that helps fulfill wishes of children with cancer. He's raised over a million dollars for the organization. He invites the kids and their families out to the ballpark. He and his wife visit hospitals and kids' homes. And every year he sponsors a baseball game in which he pitches and the children get to play. In this case, the sins of the player are easy to forgive.