Athletes of the Decade according to Sporting News:
NFL Athlete of the Decade: Peyton Manning, QB, Colts
The most intense back-and-forth was Manning vs. Patriots QB Tom Brady.
College Football Athlete of the Decade: Matt Leinart, QB, USC
Matt Leinart isn't the people's choice (that would be Florida's Tim Tebow), but just look at Leinart's record with the Trojans.
MLB Athlete of the Decade: Albert Pujols, 1B, Cardinals
In the baseball category, there wasn't much discussion: Albert Pujols easily got the nod over Alex Rodriguez.
NBA Athlete of the Decade: Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers
In the NBA, Kobe Bryant edged the Spurs' Tim Duncan.
NASCAR Athlete of the Decade: Jimmie Johnson, No. 48, Hendrick Motorsports
Three consecutive Cup championships form a pretty good basis for arguing Jimmie Johnson over two-time champ Tony Stewart.
College Basketball Athlete of the Decade: Tyler Hansbrough, C, North Carolina
Love him or hate him, Tyler Hansbrough was the decade's most influential player. He's SN's pick, over former Blue Devils point guard Jason Williams.
NHL Player of the Decade: Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Red Wings
You could make great arguments for Nicklas Lidstrom and Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, but Lidstrom's six Norris trophies in eight seasons were tough to beat.