A Lifetime Achievement Award usually means that an athlete’s race is run and a long, well-deserved retirement awaits. Stepping away from the field, however, is proving to be the one task in which Tom Brady fails. The final Winner of the evening was introduced by his friend David Beckham, a perfect example of how this phase of an elite sportsman’s life is supposed to go: Beckham was speaking pitchside at Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer franchise of which he is president. For Brady, it is proving more complicated. Having announced his retirement following the 2021 season, the greatest quarterback the NFL has seen decided he has something left to give the game he loves. However, he could still reflect on a career that has already set new standards in almost every category as he accepted his Award.
“This Award was founded in 2000, when Nelson Mandela said that ‘Sport has the power to change the world,’ and I agree with that. Sport transcends borders, races, religions and ethnicities. It brings so many people together in a positive way. In my view, it brings the best out in individuals.”
As the sun set over Seville and another celebration of all that sport can give us, the message of the 2022 Laureus World Sports Awards was indelible: courage in the face of adversity can inspire success and change lives.