58th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00AM (CST)

DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN AWARD

The Distinguished Citizen Award is a time-honored tradition of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. For more than 30 years, the Bowl has recognized some of America's most prominent citizens. The award has been presented to a cross-section of Americans from a wide range of professions, including military commanders, governors, and congressmen, as well as leaders in business, medicine, education, entertainment and sports.

LIST OF PREVIOUS WINNERS

 2016

Archie Manning

Ole Miss legend, College Football Hall of Famer

1968 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Champion


  2015

Dick Vitale

Legendary College Basketball Analyst and Hall of Famer


2014

Bill Dance

Hall of Fame Fisherman


2013

Darrell Waltrip

 NASCAR Hall of Famer


 2012

Lee Corso

Coach & College Football Analyst

2011

Lou Holtz

Legendary Coach


 2010

Bobby Bowden

Legendary Coach


 2009

Tony Dungy

  Super Bowl winning NFL Coach


2008

Kenneth E. Tovo

Brigadier General, U.S. Army 


 2007

Dr. Robert C. Khayat

Chancellor, University of Mississippi


2006

Phil Bredesen

Tennessee Governor 


2005

Ambrose F."Bud" Dudley

Liberty Bowl Founder


 2004

Frederick W. Smith

CEO, FedEx Corporation


 2003

The Danny Thomas Family

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


2002

Pitt Hyde

 AutoZone Founder


2001

 New York City Police Officers, Firefighters & Emergency Workers


2000

Franco Harris

 NFL Hall of Famer/ Running back, Pittsburgh Steelers


1999

Dr. Tom Osborne

Legendary Coach, Nebraska/ Former U.S. Congressman 


1998

William B."Billy" Dunavant, Jr.

Business and Sports Entrepreneur 


 1997

G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery

U.S. Congressman


 1996

Dr. Peter Doherty

Nobel Prize Recipient


 1995

Rochelle Stevens

Olympic Gold Medal Winner


 1994

Johnny Majors

Legendary Coach


 1993

Dr. Adrian Rogers

Pastor


 1992

Charles M. Neinas

Athletic Administrator


 1991

Jerry Clower

Entertainer


1990

Alan C. Page

Professional Athlete/Judge 


1989

Chris Schenkel

Sports Broadcaster 


 1988

Lindsey Nelson

Sports Broadcaster


 1987

Walter Byers

Executive Director NCAA


 1986

Fred Russell

Sports Writer


 1985

Kemmons Wilson

Founder of Holiday Inn


 1984

William Lawrence

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy


 1983

William Simon

Former U.S. Secretary of Treasury


1982

Eddie Robinson

Legendary Coach, Grambling 


1981

Marguerite Piazza

Entertainer 


 1980

Pearl Bailey

Entertainer


1979

Danny Thomas

Founder of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


1978

Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson & Larry Newman

Explorers


1977

Elvis Presley

Entertainer


1976

Roone Arledge

President, ABC Sports


1975

John McKay

Legendary Coach


1974

Paul "Bear" Bryant

Legendary Coach, Alabama


1973

John A. Dramesi

Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force


1972

Frank Leahy

Legendary Coach

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF:

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00 AM CST
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