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Best Championship Performance

2001 – Tiger Woods:  Won U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes

2004 – Phil Mickelson

2005 – Curt Schilling, Boston Red Sox

2006 – Vince Young, U. of Texas

2007 – Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

2008 – Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open

2009 – Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming


Best International Athlete

2006 – Albert Pujols

2007 – Roger Federer


Best International Female Athlete

2008 – Lorena Ochoa, golf

2009 – Lorena Ochoa, golf


Best International Male Athlete

2008 – Rafael Nadal, Tennis

2009 – Usain Bolt, track and field


Best Upset

2004 – Detroit Pistons

2005 – Bucknell beats Kansas in NCAA tournament

2006 – None given

2007 – Golden State Warriors over Dallas Mavericks in first round of NBA playoffs

2008 – New York Giants over New England Patriots at the Super Bowl

2009 – US soccer over Spain in Confederations Cup semifinal


Best Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

1993- Gary Sheffield, San Diego Padres

1994- Mike Piazza, Los Angeles Dodgers

1995- Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros

1996- Hideo Nomo, Los Angeles Dodgers

1997- Tiger Woods, Golf

1998- Nomar Garciaparra, Boston Red Sox

1999- Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings

2000- Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams

2001-Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota Vikings

2002- Tom Brady, New England Patriots

2003- Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees

2004- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2005- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2006- Chris Paul, New Orleans Hornets

2007- Devin Hester, Chicago Bears

2008- Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

2009-Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons


Coach/Manager of the Year (Best Coach/Manager)

1993- Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

1994- Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys

1995- George Seifert, San Francisco 49ers

1996- Gary Barnett, Northwestern

1997- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

1998- Jim Leyland, Florida Marlins

1999- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

2000- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

2001- Joe Torre, New York Yankees

2002- Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers

2003- Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2004- Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons

2005- Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

2006- Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers

2007- Tony Dungy, Indianapolis Colts

2008- Pat Summitt, Tennessee Women’s Basketball

2009-Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers


Comeback Athlete of the Year

1993- Dave Winfield, Toronto Blue Jays

1994- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1995- Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins

1996- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1997- Evander Holyfield, boxer

1998- Roger Clemens, Toronto Blue Jays

1999- Eric Davis, Baltimore Orioles

2000- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2001- Andres Galarraga, Atlanta Braves

2002- Jennifer Capriati, tennis

2003- Tommy Maddox, Pittsburgh Steelers

2004- Bethany Hamilton, surfer

2005- Mark Fields, Carolina Panthers

2006- Tedy Bruschi, New England Patriots

2007- None given

2008- Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers

2009-Dara Torres, swimming


Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year (now known as Best Female Athlete)

1993- Monica Seles, tennis

1994- Julie Krone, jockey

1995- Bonnie Blair, speed skater

1996- Rebecca Lobo, women’s hoops

1997- Amy Van Dyken, Olympic swimmer

1998- Mia Hamm, soccer

1999- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee basketball

2000- Mia Hamm, soccer

2001- Marion Jones, track and field

2002- Venus Williams, tennis

2003- Serena Williams, tennis

2004- Diana Taurasi, Connecticut basketball

2005- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2006- Annika Sorenstam, golf

2007- Taryne Mowatt, University of Arizona softball

2008- Candace Parker, Tennessee Basketball/Los Angeles Sparks

2009-Nastia Liukin, gymnastics


Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year (now known as Best Male Athlete)

1993- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1994- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

1995- Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers

1996- Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles

1997- Michael Johnson, Olympic sprinter

1998- Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle Mariners and Tiger Woods, golf (co-winners)

1999- Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals

2000- Tiger Woods, golf

2001- Tiger Woods, golf

2002- Tiger Woods, golf

2003- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2004- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2005- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2006- Lance Armstrong, cycling

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- Tiger Woods, golf

2009-Michael Phelps, swimming


Outstanding Performance Under Pressure

1993- Christian Laettner, Duke

1994- Joe Carter, Toronto Blue Jays

1995- Mark Messier, New York Rangers

1996- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils

1997- Kerri Strug, Olympic gymnast

1998- Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos

1999- Mark O’Meara, golf


Outstanding Team of the Year (now known as Best Team)

1993- Dallas Cowboys

1994- Toronto Blue Jays

1995- New York Rangers

1996- UConn Women’s Hoops

1997- New York Yankees

1998- Denver Broncos

1999- New York Yankees

2000- Women’s World Cup Team

2001- New York Yankees

2002- Los Angeles Lakers

2003- Anaheim Angels

2004- Detroit Pistons

2005- Boston Red Sox

2006- Pittsburgh Steelers

2007- Indianapolis Colts

2008- Boston Celtics

2009-Los Angeles Lakers


Outstanding Baseball Performer of the Year (now known as Best Baseball Player)

1993- Dennis Eckersley, Oakland A’s

1994- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

1995- Jeff Bagwell, Houston Astros

1996- Greg Maddux, Atlanta Braves

1997- Ken Caminiti, San Diego Padres

1998- Larry Walker, Colorado Rockies

1999- Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals

2000- Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox

2001- Pedro Martinez, Boston Red Sox

2002- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

2003- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

2004- Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants

2005- Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

2006- Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

2007- Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

2008- Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

2009-Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals


Outstanding Pro Football Performer of the Year (Best NFL Player)

1993- Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

1994- Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys

1995- Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions

1996- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

1997- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

1998- Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions

1999- Terrell Davis, Denver Broncos

2000- Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams

2001- Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams

2002- Marshall Faulk, St. Louis Rams

2003- Michael Vick, Atlanta Falcons

2004- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

2005- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

2006- Shaun Alexander, Seattle Seahawks

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- Tom Brady, New England Patriots

2009-Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals


Outstanding Men’s Pro Basketball Performer of the Year (Best NBA Player)

1993- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1994- Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns

1995- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

1996- Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets

1997- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1998- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

1999- Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls

2000- Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

2001- Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

2002- Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers

2003- Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

2004- Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves

2005- Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns

2006- Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

2007- LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2008- Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

2009-LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers


Oustanding Pro Hockey Performer of the Year (Best NHL Player)

1993- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1994- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1995- Mark Messier, New York Rangers

1996- Eric Lindros, Philadelphia Flyers

1997- Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche

1998- Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins

1999- Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres

2000- Dominik Hasek, Buffalo Sabres

2001- Chris Pronger, St. Louis Blues

2002- Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

2003- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Mighty Ducks

2004- Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames

2005- No season

2006- Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers

2007- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2008- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2009- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins


Outstanding College Football Performer of the Year

1993- Garrison Hearst, Georgia

1994- Charlie Ward, Florida State

1995- Rashaan Salaam, Colorado

1996- Eddie George, Ohio State

1997- Danny Wuerffel, Florida

1998- Peyton Manning, Tennessee

1999- Ricky Williams, Texas

2000- Michael Vick, Virginia Tech

2001- Chris Weinke, Florida State


Outstanding College Basketball Performer of the Year

1993- Christian Laettner, Duke

1994- Bobby Hurley, Duke

1995- Grant Hill, Duke

1996- Ed O’Bannon, UCLA

1997- Tim Duncan, Wake Forest

1998- Keith Van Horn, Utah

1999- Antawn Jamison, North Carolina

2000- Elton Brand, Duke

2001- Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati



Outstanding Women’s College Basketball Performer of the Year

1993- Dawn Staley, Virginia

1994- Sheryl Swoopes, Texas Tech

1995- Charlotte Smith, North Carolina

1996- Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut

1997- Saudia Roundtree, Georgia

1998- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee

1999- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee

2000- Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee

2001- Tamika Catchings, Tennessee


Outstanding Men’s Tennis Performer of the Year (Best Male Tennis Player)

1993- Jim Courier

1994- Pete Sampras

1995- Pete Sampras

1996- Pete Sampras

1997- Pete Sampras

1998- Pete Sampras

1999- Pete Sampras

2000- Andre Agassi

2001- Pete Sampras

2002- Lleyton Hewitt

2003- Andre Agassi

2004- Andy Roddick

2005- Roger Federer

2006- Roger Federer

2007- Roger Federer

2008- Roger Federer

2009-Roger Federer


Outstanding Women’s Tennis Performer of the Year (Best Female Tennis Player)

1993- Monica Seles

1994- Steffi Graf

1995- Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario

1996- Steffi Graf

1997- Steffi Graf

1998- Martina Hingis

1999- Lindsay Davenport

2000- Lindsay Davenport

2001- Venus Williams

2002- Venus Williams

2003- Serena Williams

2004- Serena Williams

2005- Maria Sharapova

2006- Venus Williams

2007- Maria Sharapova

2008- Maria Sharapova

2009-Serena Williams


Outstanding Men’s Golf Performer of the Year

1993- Fred Couples

1994- Nick Price

1995- Nick Price

1996- Corey Pavin

1997- Tom Lehman

1998- Tiger Woods

1999- Mark O’Meara

2000- Tiger Woods

2001- Tiger Woods

2002- Tiger Woods

2003- Tiger Woods

2004- Phil Mickelson


Best Golfer

2005- Tiger Woods

2006- Tiger Woods

2007- Tiger Woods

2008- Tiger Woods


Best Male Golfer

2009-Tiger Woods


Best Female Golfer

2009-Lorena Ochoa


Outstanding Women’s Golf Performer of the Year

1993- Dottie Mochrie

1994- Betsy King

1995- Laura Davies

1996- Annika Sorenstam

1997- Karrie Webb

1998- Annika Sorenstam

1999- Annika Sorenstam

2000- Juli Inkster

2001- Karrie Webb

2002- Annika Sorenstam

2003- Annika Sorenstam

2004- Annika Sorenstam


Outstanding Jockey of the Year (Best Jockey)

1994- Mike Smith

1995- Chris McCarron

1996- Jerry Bailey

1997- Jerry Bailey

1998- Gary Stevens

1999- Kent Desormeaux

2000- Chris Antley

2001- Kent Desormeaux

2002- Victor Espinoza

2003- Jose Santos

2004- Stewart Elliott

2005- Jeremy Rose

2006- Edgar Prado

2007- Calvin Borel

2008- Kent Desormeaux

2009-Calvin Borel


Outstanding Bowling Performer of the Year (Best Bowler)

1995- Norm Duke

1996- Mike Aulby

1997- Bob Learn, Jr.

1998- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

1999- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2000 – Parker Bohn III

2001- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2002- Pete Weber

2003- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2004- Pete Weber

2005- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2006- Walter Ray Williams, Jr.

2007- Norm Duke

2008- Norm Duke

2009- Norm Duke


Outstanding Auto Racing Performer of the Year (Best Driver)

1993- Nigel Mansell, Formula 1

1994- Nigel Mansell, IndyCar

1995- Al Unser, Jr., IndyCar

1996- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

1997- Jimmy Vasser, Cart

1998- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

1999- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR

2000- Dale Jarrett, NASCAR

2001- Bobby Labonte, NASCAR

2002- Michael Schumacher, Formula 1

2003- Tony Stewart, NASCAR

2004- Dale Earnhardt Jr.

2005- Michael Schumacher

2006- Tony Stewart

2007- Jeff Gordon

2008- Jimmie Johnson

2009- Jimmie Johnson


Outstanding Men’s Track Performer of the Year

1993- Kevin Young

1994- Michael Johnson

1995- Dennis Mitchell

1996- Michael Johnson

1997- Michael Johnson

1998- Wilson Kipketer

1999- Maurice Greene

2000- Michael Johnson

2001- Maurice Greene

2002- Maurice Greene

2003- Tim Montgomery

2004- Tom Pappas

2005- None given

2006- Justin Gatlin


Outstanding Women’s Track Performer of the Year

1993- Evelyn Ashford

1994- Gail Devers

1995- Gwen Torrence

1996- Kim Batten

1997- Marie-Jose Perec

1998- Marion Jones

1999- Marion Jones

2000- Marion Jones

2001- Marion Jones

2002- Marion Jones

2003- Gail Devers

2004- Gail Devers

2005- None given

2006- Allyson Felix


Best Track and Field Athlete

2007- Jeremy Wariner

2008- Tyson Gay

2009-None Given


Outstanding Boxing Performer of the Year (Best Boxer)

1993- Riddick Bowe

1994- Evander Hoyfield

1995- George Foreman

1996- Roy Jones, Jr.

1997- Evander Holyfield

1998- Evander Holyfield

1999- Oscar De La Hoya

2000- Roy Jones Jr.

2001- Felix Trinidad

2002- Lennox Lewis

2003- Roy Jones, Jr.

2004- Antonio Tarver

2005- Bernard Hopkins

2006- Oscar De La Hoya

2007- Floyd Mayweather


Best Fighter

2008-Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

2009-Manny Pacquiao, Boxing


Outstanding Soccer Performer of the Year

1999- Zinedine Zidane, France

2000- Mia Hamm, U.S.A.

2001- Mia Hamm, U.S.A.

2005- Mia Hamm, U. S. A.

2006- Ronaldinho, Brazil


Best Male Soccer Player

2002- Landon Donovan

2003- Ronaldo

2004- David Beckham


Best Female Soccer Player

2002- Tiffany Milbrett

2003- Katia

2004- Mia Hamm


Best MLS Player

2006- Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

2007- Landon Donovan, Los Angeles

2008- David Beckham, Los Angeles

2009-Landon Donovan, Los Angeles


Outstanding Women’s Pro Basketball Performer of the Year (Best WNBA Player)

1998- Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)

1999- Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)

2000- Cynthia Cooper, Houston Comets (WNBA)

2001- Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets (WNBA)

2002- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

2003- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)

2004- Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

2005- Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

2006- Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets

2007- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks

2008- Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm

2009-Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks


Outstanding Action Sports Athlete

2000- Tony Hawk, skateboarding

2001- Shaun Palmer, snowboarding/mountain biking

2002- Kelly Clark, Snowboarding

2003- Shaun White, Snowboarding


Outstanding Female Action Sports Athlete

2004- Dallas Friday

2005- Sofia Mulanovich, surfing

2006- Hannah Teter

2007- Sarah Burke, skiing

2008- Gretchen Bleiler, Snowboarding

2009-Maya Gabeira, surfing


Outstanding Male Action Sports Athlete

2004- Ryan Nyquist

2005- Dave Mirra, bike stunt

2006- Shaun White

2007- Travis Pastrana, motocross

2008- Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding

2009- Shaun White, Skateboarding/Snowboarding


College Team of the Year

2001- Oklahoma football


Female U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year

2001- Marion Jones


Best Female Olympic Performance

2005- Team USA softball


Male U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Year

2001- Rulon Gardner


Best Male Olympic Performance

2005- Michael Phelps, swimming


Best U.S. Olympian

2002- Sarah Hughes, Figure Skating

2006- Shaun White


Best U. S. Male Olympian

2009-Michael Phelps, swimming


Best U. S. Female Olympian

2009-Shawn Johnson, gymnastics


Baseball Play of the Year

1993- Francisco Cabrera’s game-winning hit for Atlanta in NL Playoffs vs. Pittsburgh

1994- Greg Maddux eludes a tag at the plate

1995- Kenny Rogers’ perfect game

1996- Braves catcher Javier Lopez in the World Series

1997- San Diego’s Ken Caminiti makes a backhand grab…and throws to first

1998- Jim Edmonds of the Angels on the dead run away from the plate, “The Catch”


NBA Play of the Year

1993- Michael Jordan flip shot vs. Dallas

1994- John Starks lefty dunk vs. Bulls in playoffs

1995- Isaiah Rider’s fling shot falling out of bounds

1996- Back-to-back buzzer beaters by Scottie Pippen and Walter Bond

1997- Michael Finley, Suns, steals and scores in mid-air

1998- Rex Chapman of Phoenix hits a wild three-pointer


NHL Play of the Year

1993- Jaromir Jagr goal around three players

1994- Wayne Gretzky plucks the puck out of the air to score

1995- John Vanbiesbrouck with a glove save (and no stick)

1996- Tomas Sandstrom scores from the seat of his pants.

1997- Steve Yzerman’s OT goal in a scoreless Game 7 vs. St. Louis

1998- Darren McCarty of Detroit scores on a great move to win the Stanley Cup


College Basketball Play of the Year

1993- Christian Laettner buzzer beater against Kentucky

1994- (tie) Bryant Reeves half-court bomb/Jason Kidd behind-the-back pass

1995- Buzzer beater by Charlotte Smith wins the NCAA title for North Carolina

1996- Tyus Edney’s game-winning drive in the NCAA Tournament

1997- Tulane’s Jerald Honeycutt’s falling-out-of-bounds game-winner vs. Florida State

1998- Kwan Johnson of New Orleans with a long-distance three-pointer beating the buzzer


College Football Play of the Year

1993- Western Washington’s Chris Moore catch between the legs

1994- Mike Brechler’s surprise punt return for a TD, Beloit College vs. Lawrence

1995- Kordell Stewart to Michael Westbrook:Colorado’s last second win at Mich.

1996- Nebraska’s Tommie Frazier’s TD scramble in Fiesta Bowl

1997- Memphis’ Kevin Cobb somehow doesn’t fall, scoring on a kickoff vs. Tenn.

1998- Nebraska’s Matt Davison to Scott Frost: the Immaculate Reception II for OT vs. Missouri


NFL Play of the Year

1993- Don Beebe strips the ball from Leon Lett on one-yard line in Super Bowl XXVII

1994- Eric Metcalf’s game-winning punt return, Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh

1995- Robert Bailey’s “surprise” punt return

1996- Kordell Stewart scrambling TD pass

1997- Desmond Howard scores a kick-off return TD in the Super Bowl

1998- Brad Johnson of Minnesota completes a pass to himself and scores


Outrageous Play of the Year

1993- The Rabbit scores a TD in Michigan-Purdue game

1994- Leon Lett attempts to recover a blocked field goal

1995- Half court shot by Cincinnati student Corie Clouse at Midnight Madness for one year scholarship

1996- Fan Mike Pantazis’ jump from stands on Monday Night Football

1997- Michigan’s Mike Legg scores an amazing goal with stick control

1998- Lansdale (Pa.) Catholic with a “Cal-Stanford” play vs. Upper Perkiomen Highschool


 Outstanding Performance by an Athlete in Entertainment

1994- Charles Barkley vs. Barney on Saturday Night Live

1995- John Kruk on Late Night With David Letterman

1996- George Seifert does the Bossa Nova


Humanitarian Award

1999- Sammy Sosa, Chicago Cubs


Showstopper of the Year

1993- Injured Derek Redmond finishes in Olympics

1994- Jim Abbott’s no-hitter, Yanks vs. Cleveland

1995- High School football: incredible comeback/letdown Plano East vs. Tyler John Tyler

1996- Cal Ripken Jr.’s record-breaking 2,131st game

1997- Warren Morris wins the College World Series for LSU with 9th-inning HR

1998- Tiger Woods wins the Masters

1999- Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals): #62


Memorable Performance (Best Moment)

2000- Justin Leonard’s long distance putt wins Ryder Cup

2001- Cathy Freeman lighting torch in Sydney

2002- Barry Bonds breaking McGwire’s HR record

2003- Pete Sampras wins US Open to end Grand Slam drought

2004- Brett Favre on Monday Night Football the day after his father died

2005- Reggie Miller’s final game

2006- Justin McElwain’s 20 points in his lone high school game

2007- New Orleans Saints return home, beat Falcons on Monday Night Football

2008- “Great Sportsmanship” (Central Washington University’s Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace, Western Oregon University’s Sara Tucholsky)

2009- U.S. swim team wins thrilling finish in Olympic relay


Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in a Commercial

1993- Larry Johnson as Grandmama for Converse


Outstanding Performance by a Sports Personality in an Attempt to Break into Show Business

1993- Shaquille O’Neal raps with Fu Schnickens on the Arsenio Hall Show


Dramatic Individual Performance of the Year

1997- Evander Holyfield takes the heavyweight championship from Mike Tyson

1998- Michael Jordan fights off the flu in Game Five of the NBA Finals vs. Seattle

1999- David Wells’ (New York Yankees) perfect game


Game of the Year (Best Game)

1996- AFC Championship between Indianapolis and Pittsburgh

1997- Ohio State edges Arizona State in the Rose Bowl

1998- Denver Broncos win a thrilling Super Bowl XXXII

2002- Yankees-Diamondbacks World Series Game 7

2003- Ohio State-Miami Fiesta Bowl

2004- Super Bowl-Patriots vs. Panthers

2005- ALCS Game 5, Yankees-Red Sox

2006- Rose Bowl, USC-Texas

2007- Fiesta Bowl, Boise State over Oklahoma

2008- New York Giants over New England Patriots in the Super Bowl

2009-Pittsburgh Steelers over Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl


Best Finish

2007- Dodgers vs. Padres, 9-18-06 as Dodgers hit four home runs to tie game and win in 10th on Nomar Garciaparra home run

2008- Western Kentucky over Drake in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, winning on a buzzer beater by Ty Rogers


Lifetime Achievement Award

2001- Jack Nicklaus, golf


Come From Behind Performance of the Year

2001 – Tiger Woods:  Winning at Pebble Beach, after being seven down with seven holes to go


Most Spectacular Play of the Year (Best Play)

2001- Antonio Freeman: Catch vs. Vikings on Nov. 6

2002- Derek Jeter shovel throw on errant relay in Game 3 of 2001 AL Divisional Series?

2003- LSU’s Hail Mary touchdown pass

2004-New Orleans Saints’ lateral

2005- Blake Hoffarber’s last-second three-pointer from his back

2006- Alabama’s Tyrone Prothro’s catch vs. Southern Mississippi

2007- Boise State beats Oklahoma with a two-point conversion on the Statue of Liberty play

2008- New York Giants Eli Manning’s pass to David Tyree at the Super Bowl

2009-Ben Roethlisberger to Santonio Holmes at the Super Bowl


Record Breaking Performance of the Year

2001- Pete Sampras:  Breaks Roy Emerson’s Grand Slam Singles championship record

2002- Barry Bonds breaking Mark McGwire’s HR Record

2003- Emmitt Smith breaks Walter Payton’s career rushing record

2004- Eric Gagne for consecutive saves in one season

2005- Peyton Manning most touchdown passes in one season

2006- Shaun Alexander’s NFL-record 28 touchdowns in one season

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers

2009-Michael Phelps, Olympic swimming


Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award

1993- Jim Valvano, former NC State hoops coach

1994- Steve Palermo, American League umpire

1995- Howard Cosell, sports announcer

1996- Loretta Claiborne, Special Olympics athlete

1997- Muhammad Ali, boxer

1998- Dean Smith, former UNC hoops coach

1999- Billie Jean King, tennis player

2000- Dave Sanders, Columbine HS coach & teacher

2001- Cathy Freeman, Olympic athlete

2002- Passengers on United Flight 93 – Todd Beamer, Mark Bingham, Tom Burnett and Jeremy Glick

2003- Pat & Kevin Tillman, NFL player and MLB prospect

2004- George Weah, Liberian soccer player

2005- Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and Jim MacClaren

2006- Afghan female soccer players

2007- Trevor Ringland and Dave Cullen, Peace Players

2008- John Carlos and Tommie Smith, 1968 Olympics

2009-Nelson Mandela


Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

2007- Kay Yow, NC State women’s basketball coach

2008- Kevin Everett, former Buffalo Bills TE

2009-Don Meyer, Northern State basketball coach


Best Sports Movie

2002- The Rookie

2003- Bend it like Beckham

2004- Miracle

2005- Friday Night Lights

2006- Glory Road

2007- Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

2008- Semi-Pro

2009-The Express: The Ernie Davis Story


Best Male College Athlete

2002- Cael Sanderson, Iowa State Wrestling

2003- Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse Basketball

2004- Emeka Okafor, Connecticut Basketball

2005- Matt Leinart, USC football

2006- Reggie Bush, USC football

2007- Kevin Durant, Texas basketball

2008- Tim Tebow, Florida Football

2009- Tim Tebow, Florida Football


Best Female College Athlete

2002- Sue Bird, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

2003- Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

2004- Diana Taurasi, Connecticut Women’s Basketball

2005- Cat Osterman, Texas softball

2006- Cat Osterman, Texas softball

2007- Taryne Mowatt, Arizona softball

2008- Candace Parker, Tennessee Basketball

2009-Maya Moore, Connecticut Basketball


Best Disabled Athlete

2002- Erik Weihenmayer

2003- Marlon Shirley

2004- Kyle Maynard


Best Female with a Disability

2005- Erin Popovich

2006- Sarah Reinertsen

2007- Jessica Long, Paralympic swimming

2008- Shay Oberg, Softball (Montana State-Billings)

2009- Erin Popovich, swimming


Best Male with a Disability

2005- Marlon Shirley

2006- Bobby Martin

2007- Casey Tibbs, track and field

2008- Ryan Kocer, Wrestling (Wagner, SD)

2009- Jason Lester, Ironman


Best Outdoors Sports Athlete

2002- Kevin VanDam

2003- Jay Yelas

2004- Tina Bosworth

2005- J. R. Salzman

2006- Not given

2007- Dean Karnazes, marathon

2008- Captain Scott Smiley, Mountain Climber

2009- Not given


Best Angler

2006- Tammy Richardson


Under Armour Undeniable Performance Award

2004- Brett Favre

2005- Misty May and Kerri Walsh

2006- Kobe Bryant

2007- University of Tennessee basketball

2008- Warner Robins, Georgia beats Tokyo to win the Little League World Series Championship Game with a Dalton Carriker walk-off home run in the bottom of the 8th inning (extra innings)


Under Armour All-America Moment Award

2009- Andre Debose and Russell Shepard, football


GMAC Professional Grade Award

2004- Steve McNair

2005- Lance Armstrong

2006- Doug Flutie


Hummer Like Nothing Else Award

2007- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers

2008- George Martin walks across America



Auto Racing– Dale Earnhardt

Baseball– Mark McGwire

Pro Basketball– Michael Jordan

Boxing– Evander Holyfield

Pro Football– Jerry Rice

Golf– Tiger Woods

Hockey– Mario Lemieux

U.S. Male Olympian– Michael Johnson

U.S. Female Olympian-Bonnie Blair

Tennis– Pete Sampras

Coach/Manager– Phil Jackson

College Team– (tie) Florida State Football/Tennessee Women’s Basketball

Pro Team– Chicago Bulls

Female Athlete– Steffi Graf

Male Athlete– Michael Jordan

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