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Here’s your chance to make history! Vote for who you think should’ve won the award in the years from 1977 to 2011, when no Hickok Belt was awarded. Simply select from the choices below for each year. Then check back often to see who you and other voters believe was the best of the best each year.

All Survey Results

1977 Nominees

 36%
Reggie Jackson
  • Hit 5 home runs in the 1977 Series and 32 in the season
  • Led the Yankees to a World Series win and was selected the Series MVP
 44%
Walter Payton
  • League's leading scorer with 1,852 yards and 16 touchdowns
  • Broke O.J. Simpson's single-game rushing record with a 275-yard performance against the Minnesota Vikings
  • Named NFL MVP
 11%
Bill Walton
  • Scored over 1,000 points and led the league in rebounds
  • Led the Portland Trail Blazers to win an NBA title and was named NBA Finals MVP
 9%
Tom Watson
  • Won the Open Championship in Scotland with a -15 and the Masters Tournament with a -12
  • Awarded the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average
 

1978 nominees

 25%
Nancy Lopez
  • Won nine tournaments including the LPGA Championship
  • Named Female Athlete of the Year by the AP and GWAA
 8%
Larry Holmes
  • Defeated Earnie Shavers by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision
  • Won the WBC Heavyweight Champion title in 1978
 67%
Terry Bradshaw
  • Passed for 2,915 yards and a league leading 28 TDs
  • Named NFL regular season MVP
  • Led the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XIV and was named Super Bowl MVP
 

1979 nominees

 22%
Terry Bradshaw
  • Led the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl XIV victory and won the Super Bowl MVP
  • Passed for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 31-19 win over the Los Angeles Rams
 24%
Earl Campbell
  • Outstanding single season performance earned him All-Pro, Pro-Bowl, and NFL Offensive Player of the year honors
  • Led the league in rushing with 1,697 yards
 18%
Tom Watson
  • Won five PGA tour events to earn PGA Player of the Year award
  • Claimed the Vardon Trophy for owning the lowest scoring average
 35%
Larry Holmes
  • Held a 32-0 record at the end of 1979
  • Successfully defended his title as WBC Heavyweight Champ three times
 

1980 nominees

 15%
Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar
  • Averaged 24.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game and shot 60.4% from the field, earning him NBA MVP
  • Led the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA title
 54%
Wayne Gretzky
  • Scored 164 total points, beating the previous NHL record by twelve points
  • Winner of Art Ross and Hart Trophies
 25%
Mike Schmidt
  • His 48 HRs and 121 RBI and led the Philadelphia Phillies to win the World Series
  • Won the Gold Glove, the Sliver Slugger and the NL MVP
 6%
Earl Campbell
  • Had 1,934 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in the 1980 season
  • Received NFL Offensive Player of the Year honor
 

1981 nominees

 18%
Julius Erving
  • Averaged 22.9 points, 2.6 blocked shots and 7.1 rebounds per game
  • Named NBA regular season MVP
 39%
Sugar Ray Leonard
  • Defeated Larry Bonds, Ayub Kalule and Thomas Hearns
  • His defeat of Hearns won him the Unified Welterweight Title
 35%
John McEnroe
  • Won the US Open and Wimbledon
  • Ranked the world's No. 1 player at the end of the year
 8%
Ken Anderson
  • Passed for 3,754 yards and 29 touchdowns
  • Was selected NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year
 

1982 nominees

 83%
Wayne Gretzky
  • Scored 90 goals and made 112 assists for a total of 212 points
  • Became the first player to break the 200 goals per season mark
 11%
Robin Yount
  • Accumulated 210 hits and 114 RBI, and a .331 batting average
  • His offensive prowess earned him the Silver Slugger award and AL MVP
 5%
Moses Malone
  • Averaged 24.5 points and 15.3 rebounds per game
  • Named NBA MVP and All-NBA First Team
 

1983 nominees

 37%
Martina Navratilova
  • Won Australian Open, US Open and Wimbledon
  • Lost only once in 1983 (4th round of French Open)
 14%
Moses Malone
  • Averaged 26 points and 15.8 rebounds per game in the post season to lead the Sixers to an NBA title
  • Awarded the Finals MVP
 33%
Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Netted 211 hits and 121 runs en route to winning a World Series title
  • Winner of Silver Slugger Award and AL MVP
 17%
Joe Theismann
  • Led the Washington Redskins to a 14 – 2 season
  • Passed for 3,714 yards and 29 TDs
  • Named NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year
 

1984 nominees

 35%
Dan Marino
  • Passed for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns
  • Led the Dolphins to a 14 - 2 regular season record
 3%
Willie Hernandez
  • Held a 9 – 3 record with a .192 ERA and 32 saves
  • Won Cy Young award and AL MVP
 26%
Larry Bird
  • Averaged 26.5 points, 11 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game in the playoffs as the Celtics won the NBA Championship
  • Named Finals MVP
 35%
Joe Montana
  • Passed for 3,630 yards and 28 TDs
  • Led the 49ers to Super Bowl Title and a 15 – 1 record
 

1985 nominees

 38%
Dwight Gooden
  • Dwight Gooden recorded 24 Wins, 268 strikeouts, 16 complete games and a 1.53 ERA
  • Won pitching Triple Crown and Cy Young Award
 14%
Jim McMahon
  • Threw for 2,392 yards and 15 touchdowns
  • Led the Bears to a 15 -1 record and Super Bowl Title
 25%
Magic Johnson
  • Averaged 18.3 points, 12.6 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game in the regular season
  • Led the Lakers to win the NBA Title
 23%
Wayne Gretzky
  • Scored a career high of 163 assists and 215 total points
  • Awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy
 

1986 nominees

 29%
Larry Bird
  • Made 82 three-point field goals in the 1986 season
  • Led the Celtics to their 16th championship and was named Finals MVP
 25%
Lawrence Taylor
  • Recorded 20.5 sacks, leading the Giants to a 14-2 record
  • Won the Defensive Player of the year and NFL MVP honors
 36%
Mike Tyson
  • Won the WBC Title after defeating Trevor Berbick
  • Became the youngest heavyweight champion in history
 9%
Greg LeMond
  • Was the first American to win the Tour de France
 

1987 nominees

 33%
Magic Johnson
  • Averaged 23.9 points and 12.2 assists per game
  • Led the Lakers to win the NBA Championship
  • Named the regular season MVP and Finals MVP
 21%
Jerry Rice
  • Recorded 1,078 receiving yards and 23 TDs in just 12 games
  • Named Offensive Player of the Year
 29%
Dale Earnhardt Sr.
  • Won 11 out of the 29 races, capturing Points Title for a 2nd straight year
 17%
Mike Tyson
  • Successfully defended his heavyweight title four times
  • Defeated formidable contenders Tyrell Biggs, Tony Tucker, Pinklon Thomas and James Smith
 

1988 nominees

 21%
Orel Hershier
  • Posted a 23-8 record and a 2.26 ERA
  • Pitched 59 consecutive scoreless innings
  • Won the World Series and was named World Series MVP
 34%
Barry Sanders
  • Averaged 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards rushing per game
  • Rushed for 2,638 yards and 37 touchdowns for the season
 7%
Magic Johnson
  • Averaged 19.6 points, 11.9 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game
  • Led the Lakers to NBA Championship
 38%
Steffi Graf
  • Won all four Gram Slams Tournaments
  • Had a record of 72 wins and only 3 losses
 

1989 nominees

 64%
Joe Montana
  • Threw for 3,521 yards with a 70.1% completion rate and 26 TDs
  • Led 49er's to Super Bowl title and was named Super Bowl MVP
 7%
Magic Johnson
  • Averaged 22.5 points, 12.8 assists and 7.9 rebounds per game
  • Led the Lakers to NBA finals and was named NBA MVP
 2%
Kevin Mitchell
  • Batted .291 with 125 RBI and 47 HRs
  • Won the MVP and the Silver Slugger Award
 28%
Mario Lemieux
  • Scored 199 points that included 114 goals and 85 assists
  • Became the only player to score 13 shorthanded goals in a season
 

1990 nominees

 56%
Rickey Henderson
  • Posted a .325 batting average with 28HRs and 119 RBIs
  • Stole 65 bases and was awarded AL MVP
 16%
Randall Cunningham
  • Threw for 3,466 yards and 30 TDs
  • Recorded 942 rushing yards and 8.0 yards per carry
 28%
Isiah Thomas
  • Averaged 27.6 pts and 7.0 assists per game
  • Led the Pistons to win the NBA Championship and was selected Finals MVP
 

1991 nominees

 79%
Michael Jordan
  • Averaged 31.5 points per game to lead the Bulls to an NBA title
  • Won both the regular season MVP and Finals MVP
 9%
Thurman Thomas
  • Finished the season with 1,407 rushing yards and 631 receiving yards
  • Was named NFL MVP
 11%
Monica Seles
  • Won Australian, French and US Opens in the same year
  • Ranked the world's No. 1 at the year's end
 

1992 nominees

 70%
Michael Jordan
  • Averaged 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game
  • Won NBA Championship, league MVP and Finals MVP
 20%
Steve Young
  • Passed for 3,465 yards and 25 TDs and rushed for another 537 yards
  • Named NFL MVP
 10%
Barry Bonds
  • Had a .311 batting average with 34 HRs and 103 RBI
  • Stole 39 bases and was named NL MVP
 

1993 nominees

 24%
Mario Lemieux
  • Scored 69 goals and totaled 160 points
  • Named NHL MVP
 15%
Charles Barkley
  • Averaged 25.6 points on .520 shooting, 12.2 rebounds and a career high 5.1 assists
  • Named All-NBA First Team and league MVP
 19%
Barry Bonds
  • Had a .336 average with 46 HRs and 123 RBI
  • Named NL MVP
 42%
John Elway
  • Tossed 4,030 yards with a 63.2% completion rate and 25 TDs
  • Had a QB rating of 92.3 and was named AFC Offensive Player of the Year
 

1994 nominees

 26%
Steve Young
  • Passed 3,969 yards with a 70.3% completion rate and 35 TDs
  • Named the regular season and Super Bowl MVP
 36%
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • The only NBA player to win NBA MVP, Def. Player of the Year, and Finals MVP in the same season
  • Averaged 27.3 points and 11.9 rebounds per game
 28%
George Foreman
  • Became the oldest man ever to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world
  • The 45-year-old Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer to reclaim the title
 10%
Pete Sampras
  • Won 10 of 22 tournaments including Wimbledon and the Australian Open
  • Ended the year ranked number one
 

1995 nominees

 47%
Cal Ripken Jr.
  • Broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak, playing in his 2,131st consecutive game on September 6, 1995
 12%
Jerry Rice
  • Caught an NFL record 122 passes for 1,848 receiving yards and 15 TDs
 12%
Emmitt Smith
  • Rushed1,773 yards and 25 TDs; his 4.7 yards per carry led the league
  • Led the Dallas Cowboys to win Super Bowl XXVIII
 29%
Michael Jordan
  • Averaged 26.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game to lead the Bulls to a record setting 72-wins season
  • Named Regular Season, Finals and All-Star MVP
 

1996 nominees

 69%
Brett Favre
  • Passed for 3,899 yards and 39 touchdowns
  • He was named NFL MVP
 16%
Karl Malone
  • Averaged 27.4 points, 10 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game
  • Led the Utah Jazz to a 64 – 18 record and was named NBA MVP
 15%
Alex Rodriguez
  • Had a .358 batting average with 36 HRs and 123 RBI
  • Won Silver Slugger Award
 

1997 nominees

 26%
Barry Sanders
  • Rushed for 2,053 yards and 14TDs, averaging 6.1 yards/carry
  • Selected co-NFL MVP
 7%
Brett Favre
  • Passed for 3,867 yards and 35 TDs
  • Co-NFL MVP
 29%
Roger Clemens
  • Recorded 21 wins and a 2.05 ERA
  • Struck out 292 batters and was named Cy Young Award winner and AL pitcher of the year
 38%
Michael Jordan
  • Averaged 29.6 Points and 5.9 rebounds per game
  • Won NBA Championship and Finals MVP for the fifth time
 

1998 nominees

 49%
Mark McGwire
  • Won the Silver Slugger Award for offensive excellence
  • Hit 70 homeruns, breaking Roger Marris's record of 61
 27%
Jeff Gordon
  • Set a modern era record of 13 victories
  • Placed 1st in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 11%
Dominik Hasek
  • Recorded 2002 saves in the 1998 season
  • Won the Hart Memorial Trophy
 12%
Terrell Davis
  • Rushed for 2008 yards: the 3rd highest in NFL history
  • NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year
 

1999 nominees

 30%
Kurt Warner
  • Passed for 4,353 yards and 41 touchdowns
  • Led the Rams to a Super Bowl victory
  • He posted a 65.1% completion rate and a passer rating of 109.1
 12%
Pedro Martinez
  • Finished the season with a record of 23 wins and four losses
  • His 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts earned him the pitching Triple Crown and the Cy Young Award
 9%
Andre Agassi
  • Won the French Open and the US Opens
  • Reclaimed his number one ranking, ending Pete Sampras's six-year reign
 50%
Tiger Woods
  • Won the PGA Championship along with seven other Tour events, earning the PGA and PGA Tour Player of the Year honors
  • He was also awarded the Vardon Trophy and the Bryon Nelson Award
 

2000 nominees

 57%
Tiger Woods
  • Won three consecutive Majors (U.S. Open, The Opens Championship and PGA Championship), nine PGA Tour events, and set or tied 27 Tour records
 13%
Pedro Martinez
  • Posted a 1.74 ERA, earning him his third Cy Young award
  • Led the league in strikeouts while compiling an 18 – 6 record
 14%
Derek Jeter
  • Batted .339 with 15 HRs, 73 RBI, 19 runs scored and 22 stolen bases
  • Became the first player to win the MVP award for both the All-Star Game and the World Series in the same year
 17%
Shaquille O'Neal
  • Averaged 29.7 points and 13.6 rebounds per game
  • Became the third player ever to win NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year
 

2001 nominees

 46%
Barry Bonds
  • Hit 73 HRs in 2001, breaking the single season record set by Mark McGwire
  • Bonds drew a record 177 walks and had a .515 on-base average
 31%
Venus Williams
  • Posted a record of 46 – 5 with six tournament titles
  • Winner of Wimbledon and US Open
 23%
Mia Hamm
  • Won FIFA World Player of Year
  • Helped Washington Freedom win league title
 

2002 nominees

 55%
Serena Williams
  • Record of 56 – 5
  • Won Wimbledon, French Open and US Open
  • Ranked number one in the world
 26%
Annika Sorenstam
  • She won eleven tournaments on the LPGA tour, including Kraft Nabisco Championship
  • LPGA Player of the Year
 11%
Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima
  • He scored eight goals to help Brazil win the World Cup
  • World Soccer Player of the Year
 8%
Jarome Iginla
  • Led NHL with 96 points and 52 goals
  • Won Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies
  • Helped Canada claim the Winter Olympics title
 

2003 nominees

 29%
Tim Duncan
  • Averaged 23.3 points and 12.9 rebounds per game
  • Named regular season and Finals MVP
 11%
Annika Sorenstam
  • Made history at the Bank of America Colonial tournament as the first woman to play in a men's PGA Tour event since 1945
 32%
Alex Rodriguez
  • Led AL in home runs, runs scored
  • Won Gold Glove Award (Became youngest person to hit 300 homers)
  • Won AL MVP
 29%
Michael Schumacher
  • Won a record sixth Formula One title
  • Helped Ferrari win their fifth Constructor Title in a row
 

2004 nominees

 33%
Curt Schilling
  • Finished the season with a 21-6 record
  • Pitched and won both games two and six of the World Series, helping the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918
 50%
Lance Armstrong
  • Won his sixth Tour de France
  • He finished 6 minutes and 19 seconds ahead of the second place finisher
 7%
Kevin Garnett
  • Averaged 24.2 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.2 blocks and 1.5 steals per game
  • Named NBA MVP and Rebounding Champion
 10%
Annika Sorenstam
  • Posted 8 wins and 16 top-ten finishes in 18 tournaments
  • Set the record for the lowest season scoring average (69.69)
 

2005 nominees

 21%
Steve Nash
  • Averaged 15.5 points and 11.5 assists per game while posting a 50.2 field goal percentage
  • Named League's MVP
 13%
Danica Patrick
  • Finished 4th in the Indianapolis 500, posting the best result ever by a female driver
  • Named Rookie of the Year
 40%
Lance Armstrong
  • Won his seventh consecutive Tour de France
 25%
Alex Rodriguez
  • Batted .321 with 48 home runs and 130 RBI
  • Became one of only two players to compile at least 35 HRs, 100 runs and 100 RBIs in eight consecutive seasons
 

2006 nominees

 22%
David Ortiz
  • Posted 137 RBIs and hit a Red Sox franchise record 54 home runs in the season
  • Led the American league in HR and RBI categories
 22%
Dwyane Wade
  • Finished the seasoning averaging 27.2 points, 6.7 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.95 steals
  • Led the Miami Heat to 2006 NBA championship and was named the Finals MVP
 38%
Kobe Bryant
  • Led the league in scoring with 35.4 points per game
  • His career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors was the second most points scored in a single game
 19%
LaDainian Tomlinson
  • Rushed for 1.815 yards and 28 touchdowns to lead the league
  • Named NFL MVP
 

2007 nominees

 58%
Tom Brady
  • Led the Patriots to a perfect 16-0 season
  • Threw 50 touchdowns, earning him NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award
 4%
Jimmy Rollins
  • Batted .296 with 212 hits and 94 RBIs
  • Named NL MVP and received the Gold Glove award
 32%
Roger Federer
  • Posted a win-loss record of 75 wins and nine losses
  • Won three out of the four Grand Slams titles, losing only to Rafael Nadal in the French Open finals
 6%
Marta
  • Named the FIFA Woman World Player of the Year
  • Won the Golden Ball award as the best player and the Golden Boot award as the top scorer
 

2008 nominees

 26%
Rafael Nadal
  • Won French Open and Wimbledon Championships
  • Posted a record of 82 – 11 with eight singles titles
 10%
Paul Pierce
  • Led the Boston Celtics to their 17th NBA Championship
  • Named the Finals MVP for his outstanding performance against the Lakers
 54%
Peyton Manning
  • Passed for 4,002 yards and lifted the Colts to a 12-4 record
  • NFL MVP and AFC Offensive Player of the Year
 9%
Dustin Pedroia
  • Batted .326 with 213 hits
  • Awarded AL MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger awards
 

2009 nominees

 28%
Roger Federer
  • Made it to the final round of all four Grand Slams events
  • Won the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships
  • Posted a 61 –12 record
 17%
Lebron James
  • Averaged 28.4 points 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists per games
  • Won NBA MVP
 28%
Sidney Crosby
  • Scored 51 times and dished out 58 assists
  • Became the youngest NHL captain ever to have led his team to a championship
 26%
Jimmie Johnson
  • Won his fourth consecutive championship, becoming the only driver to do so
  • Throughout the season, he won seven races, four pole positions, and recorded 16 top-five finishes
 

2010 nominees

 13%
Kobe Bryant
  • Averaged 27 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5 assists per game
  • Won NBA title and NBA Finals MVP
 18%
Albert Pujols
  • Hit 42 HRs and 118 RBIs to claim NL Home Run and RBI Champion honors
  • Received the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove awards
 25%
Rafael Nadal
  • Won three Grand Slams titles and three Masters championships to regain ATP's number one ranking
 44%
Drew Brees
  • Completed the season with 34 TDs and a 70.62 completion rating
  • Led the Saints to Super Bowl XLIV victory
 

2011 nominees

 33%
Derek Jeter
  • Reached 3,000-hits mark with a homer
  • One of only 28 players to reach the mark and the first Yankee to do so
 29%
Dirk Nowitzki
  • Led the Dallas Mavericks to their first ever NBA title
  • Averaged 27.2 points per game in the playoffs and was named the NBA Finals MVP
 21%
Novak Djorkovic
  • Boasts an impressive 2011 season record of 41 wins and one loss
  • Defeated Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon to capture ATP's top ranking
 17%
Aaron Rodgers
  • Lead the Greenbay Packers to a 2011 Superbowl victory and was named MVP
  • Led the Packers to a 15-1 record in 2011-2012 season