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

 

2017

Tim McCarver

St. Louis Cardinals and National Baseball Hall of Famer


 

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

First Downs        
Most Rushing   24   Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
Most Passing   18   Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Most by Penalty   4   Alabama vs. Colorado, 1969
    4   Arkansas vs. Tennessee, 1971
Total   30   Ole Miss vs. Air Force, 1989
    30   Arkansas vs. Kansas State, 2015
Fewest Rushing   0   Tulane vs. Penn State, 1979
Fewest Passing   0   Ole Miss vs. Auburn, 1965
    0   Virginia Tech vs. Ole Miss, 1968
Fewest Total   8   Alabama vs. Penn State, 1959
         
Rushing        
Most Attempts   73   Penn State vs. Oregon, 1960
Most Yards Gained   473   Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
Fewest Attempts   23   East Carolina vs. Illinois, 1995
Fewest Yards Gained   -8   Tulane vs. Penn State, 1979
         
Passing        
Most Attempts   58   Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Most Completions   35   Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Most Yards Gained   423   Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Percent Completed   82.4   Nebraska (14 of 17) vs. North Carolina, 1977
Fewest Attempts   2   Air Force vs. Mississippi State, 1991
Fewest Completions   1   Virginia Tech vs. Ole Miss, 1968
    1   Air Force vs. Ohio State, 1990
    1   Air Force vs. Mississippi State, 1991
Fewest Yards Gained   2   Virginia Tech vs. Ole Miss, 1968
         
Total Plays        
Most Rushing and Passing   91   Baylor vs. LSU, 1985
Total Offensive Yards   575   Indiana vs. South Carolina, 1988
Fewest Rushing and Passing   47   Alabama vs. Penn State, 1959
Fewest Total Offensive Yards   131   Alabama vs. Penn State, 1959
         
Interceptions        
Most Made by a Team   7   Alabama vs. Illinois, 1982
Most Int Return Yds   104   Tennessee vs. Arkansas, 1971
         
Points Scored        
Largest Margin of Victory   37   Mississippi State 44, Rice 7, 2013
Most Points in Game (team)   47   Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
Most Points in Game (2 teams)   84   Louisville 44, Boise State 40, 2004
         
Most Points (quarter)   21   Penn State vs. Oregon, 1960
    21   Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
    21   BYU vs. Tulane, 1998
    21   Boise State vs. Louisville, 2004
    21   Houston vs. South Carolina, 2006
         
Most Points (half)   31   Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
    31   Boise State vs. Louisville, 2004
         
Most Touchdowns (game)   6   Ole Miss vs. Air Force, 1989
    6   Southern Miss vs. Pittsburgh, 1997
    6   Louisville vs. Boise State, 2004
    6   Penn State vs. Oregon, 1960
    6   Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
    6   Mississippi State vs. Rice, 2013
    6   Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, 2014
    6   Arkansas vs. Kansas State, 2015
         
Most Field Goals (game)   4   East Carolina vs. Stanford, 1995
         
Fewest Points (game)   0   Alabama vs. Penn State, 1959
    0   Villanova vs. Oregon State, 1962
    0   Texas A&M vs. USC, 1975
    0   Air Force vs. Ole Miss, 1992
    0   East Carolina vs. Illinois, 1994
    0   Southern Miss vs. Utah, 2003
         
Fewest Points (two teams)   6   Oregon State 6 vs. Villanova 0, 1962
         
Attendance        
Largest Crowd   63,816   Mississippi State vs. UCF, 2007
Rushing        
Attempts   36   Cecil Sapp, Colorado Sate vs. Louisville, 2000
Yards Gained   254   Bob Anderson, Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
Yards Lost   45   Alex Bowden, Auburn vs. Ole Miss, 1965
Net Yardage   254   Bob Anderson, Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
Longest Run   99   Terry Baker, Oregon State vs. Villanova, 1962
 
Passing        
Attempts   55   Tony Eason, Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Completions   35   Tony Eason, Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Interceptions   4   Allen McCune, West Virginia vs. Utah, 1964
    4   Tony Eason, Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
    4   Marcus Crandell, East Carolina vs. Illinois, 1994
Yards   423   Tony Eason, Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
Longest Touchdown   89   Pete Gonzalez to Jake Hoffert, Pittsburgh vs. Southern Miss., 1997
Touchdown Passes   4   Mark Herrman, Purdue vs. Missouri, 1980
    4   Johnny Johnson, Illinois vs. East Carolina, 1994
    4   Blake Mitchell, South Carolina vs. Houston, 2006
    4   Kyle Allen, Texas A&M vs. West Virginia, 2014
 
Pass Receiving        
Most Receptions   10   Bobby Joe Edmonds, Arkansas vs. Auburn, 1984
    10   Deon Branch, Louisville vs. Colorado State, 2000
    10   Allen Lazard, Iowa State vs. Memphis, 2017 
Most Yards Gained   220   Jameon Lewis, Miss. State vs. Rice, 2013
Touchdowns   3   Sherrod Gideon, Southern Miss vs. Pittsburgh, 1997
 
Total Offense        
Most Yards   413   Tony Eason, Illinois vs. Alabama, 1982
 
Interceptions        
Most Interceptions   3   Louis Campbell, Arkansas vs. Tennessee, 1971
    3   Jeremiah Castille, Alabama vs. Illinois, 1982
Total Yards   92   Andy Avalos, Boise State vs. Louisville, 2004
Longest Runback   92   Andy Avalos, Boise State vs. Louisville, 2004
 
Scoring        
Most Points   18   Bob Anderson, Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
    18   Sherrod Gideon, Southern Miss vs. Pittsburgh, 1997
    18   Alex Singleton, Tulsa vs. Iowa State, 2012
    18   Alex Collins, Arkanas vs. Kansas State, 2015
Most Touchdowns   3   Bob Anderson, Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
    3   Sherrod Gideon, Southern Miss vs. Pittsburgh, 1997
    3   Alex Singleton, Tulsa vs. Iowa State, 2012
    3   Alex Collins, Arkansas vs. Kansas State, 2015
Most Field Goals   4   Chad Holcomb, East Carolina vs. Stanford, 1995
Longest Field Goal   48   Tyler Jones, Boise State vs. Louisville, 2004
Most Extra Points   6   Dave Haney, Colorado vs. Alabama, 1969
    6   Greg Hogue, Ole Miss vs. Air Force, 1989
In 2018, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl celebrates 60 years of outstanding post-season college football action. AutoZone Liberty Bowl fans have welcomed legendary field generals and have witnessed unforgettable MVP performances by some of college football's finest athletes. We invite you to join in the festivities as these current gridiron heroes carry on what has become a time-honored Memphis and national tradition.

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Lawrence Taylor, 1977 North Carolina

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Kellen Winslow, 1980 Missouri

 

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Bo Jackson, 1984 MVP Auburn

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Antowain Smith, 1996 Houston

 

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Bear Bryant, 1959, 1969, 1976, 1982 Alabama

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Lou Holtz, 1973 NC State

 

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Tom Osborne, 1977 Nebraska

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Terry Baker, 1962 Oregon State

 

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Sherrod Gideon, 1997 MVP & 1999 Southern Miss

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Randy White, 1974 MVP Maryland

 

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Steve Spurrier, 2006 South Carolina

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Archie Manning, 1968 Ole Miss

 

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John Majors, 1986 Tennessee

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Donovan McNabb, 1996 Syracuse

 

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Doug Flutie, 1983 MVP Boston College

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Ernie Davis, 1961 Syracuse

 

1998

Shaun King, 1998 MVP Tulane

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Lavell Edwards, 1998 BYU

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