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In 2017, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl will again support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is a partnership that brings together a college football tradition and an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for catastrophic diseases in children.

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic will increase awareness of the lifesaving work performed at St. Jude Hospital for cancer-stricken children by providing international exposure.

When founder Danny Thomas opened St. Jude Hospital in 1962, fewer than 5 percent of its patients survived. Today, more than 90 percent live because of the dedicated work of St. Jude's doctors and scientists and the generosity of St. Jude's supporters. St. Jude Hospital freely shares all of its research, findings, and treatments with all other medical institutions. All St. Jude patients are treated regardless of ability to pay. ALSAC, St. Jude's fund-raising arm, covers all patient costs beyond those reimbursed by third-party insurance.

Each year, players and coaches from both teams visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help spread holiday cheer and give encouragement to St. Jude patients.  

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SPIRIT OF 1776 AWARD

The Spirit of 1776 Award is presented to an individual who embodies the patriotic spirit of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and has served their community in an exemplary manner.

SPIRIT OF 1776 AWARD RECIPIENTS

2016

T. Michael Glenn

2015

Mike Slive

2014

The Waterboys

2013

George W. Bryan

2012

Bill Courtney

2011

Jim Campbell

2010

Angelo Lucchesi

2009

Leigh Anne Tuohy

2008

Gene Bartow

2007

The Bear Bryant Family

2006

Billy J. "Spook" Murphy

2005

Dr. Arthur Nienhuis

2004

Dr. David Sisk

2003

Shaun Micheel

2002

Ronnie Jorgenson

2001

TANG - Gary Webb and Ronnie Lee

2000

Harry Zinn

1999

Richard Green

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl Outstanding Achievement Award was inspired by Danny Thomas, the great entertainer who founded St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl seeks to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of music and entertainment, and service to the community. Many of the most prominent names in music and entertainment are previous recipients of this honor. Some of the most recent recipients of the Outstanding Achievement Award are listed below:

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The Commodores
2016

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 Craig Morgan
2015

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2014

 

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Diamond Rio
2013

 

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 The Temptations
2012

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 KC & The Sunshine Band
2012

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The O'Jays
2010

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Eddie Money
2009

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 Sara Evans
2008

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Taylor Hicks
2007

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LeAnn Rimes
2006

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The Beach Boys
2005

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Little Richard
2004

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Lou Rawls
2003

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2002

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2001

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2000

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B.B. King
1999

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

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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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