Jeremy Lin selected as the Hickok Belt Award Winner for February 2012

ROCHESTER, NY— The “Linsanity” surrounding Jeremy Lin continues as the New York Knicks point guard was selected as the Hickok Belt™ Award winner for the month of February 2012.  Voting was conducted by a select national panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).  Lin was selected based on his breakout performance in February in which he came off the bench to lead the injury-riddled Knicks to a 10-5 record for the month.  During that stretch Lin averaged 35.1 minutes, 20.9 points and 8.4 assists while shooting 47.2% from the field and 32.5% from three point range. That stretch included a career-high 38 points on February 10 versus Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Other finalists for the month of February in order of how the NSSA voters ranked them included: Eli Manning (Hickok Belt Award winner for January), Matt Kenseth, Kevin Durant, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Lundqvist, Kobe Bryant, Steven Stamkos, Roger Federer and Marcel Hirscher.

Jeremy Lin’s selection as the Hickok Belt Award winner for February, not only recognizes him as “the best of the best” in professional sports for the month, it also marks another milestone in the return of the award given to the top professional athlete across all sports.  As a monthly recipient, Lin becomes the second of twelve finalists for the overall annual award, joining Eli Manning who was selected the Hickok Belt Award winner for January 2012.  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.