Eli Manning Selected as the Hickok Belt Award Winner for January 2012

ROCHESTER, NY— Eli Manning has been selected as the Hickok Belt Award winner for the month of January 2012.  Voting was conducted by a select national panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).  Manning was selected based on his performance in January that included playoff wins against Atlanta, Green Bay and San Francisco.  During that stretch, Manning completed 76 of 123 passing attempts for 923 yards and 8 TDs to guide the New York Giants into last weekend’s Super Bowl versus the New England Patriots.

Eli Manning’s selection as the monthly winner for January, not only recognizes him as “the best of the best”, it also marks another milestone in the return of the Hickok Belt Award given to the top professional athlete across all sports.  As a monthly recipient, Manning becomes the first of 12 finalists for the overall annual award.  Winners as selected by the NSSA will be announced each month throughout 2012. The overall winner will then be announced in early 2013, as the Hickok Belt Award, the crown jewel of sports, will be presented for the first time in over 36 years.

The Hickok Belt Award was originally presented annually from 1950 – 1976.  Past recipients include a list of the 20th century’s elite athletes including the likes of Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Jim Brown and others that defined their sports. To learn more about the rich history of the Hickok Belt Award and keep up with all the news surrounding the award in 2012, please visit www.HickokBelt.com.