57th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2016 - 2:20PM (CST)
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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 & 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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