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

 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, Florida State

2009

Tony Dungy

  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 and 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

   

 

 

 





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