Rank 'Em: New York's Most Loved of 2012
New York's Most Loved of 2012
Peyton's little brother proved he too is elite, leading the Giants to their second Super Bowl win in five years.
With the Giants at 7-7 late in the 2011 regular season, he led Big Blue to six straight victories, including a win in SB XLVI.
The 38-year-old knuckleballer went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA in 2012 to become just the third Met to win the Cy Young Award.
Cruz salsa danced his way into NFL superstardom in just his first full season, notching 1,536 receiving yards for the Super Bowl champs.
After playing just 55 minutes in the first 23 games of last season, former coach Mike D'Antoni gave Lin an opportunity against the Nets on Feb. 4, and Linsanity was born.
The Yankees' 2012 season ended badly, but Jeter hit .316, with 15 HRs and 58 RBIs -- and 216 hits -- finishing seventh in the AL MVP voting, despite turning 38 in June.
In just his second NFL season, JPP emerged as a pass-rushing star, finishing the 2011 regular season with 16.5 sacks (fourth-best in the league).
The Giants' defensive leader came on strong late in 2011, with 1.5 sacks in the title game win and two sacks of Tom Brady in SB XLVI.
In his first full season in New York, Melo averaged 22.6 points per game, and led the Knicks to the first round of the playoffs.
Lunqvist had a career year in 2011-12, going 39-18-5, with five shutouts. He led the Rangers to the best record in the east.