Meet the 32 winners of the original The Hickok Belt Award.

Past Hickok Belt™ Award winners were truly a select fraternity. It’s a list that reads like a Who’s Who of twentieth century American sports. The award celebrated the pinnacle, of the Hall of Fame careers of such icons as Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Jim Brown, Mickey Mantle, Joe Namath and Arnold Palmer. An impressive list to be sure, but no more impressive than each winner’s individual stories— simply click here to learn more about each of them.


Otto Graham (1955)

One of football’s all-time greats, Graham was named to the NFL’s Seventy-Fifth Anniversary team after leading the Cleveland Browns to seven titles. His 105-17-4 record is the best by a quarterback in the history of pro football. The Northwestern University graduate also was a gifted basketball player who was a guard for the Rochester Royals of the National Basketball League, a forerunner to the modern-day NBA. Interestingly, Graham had to be coaxed out of retirement to play for the Browns in 1955, the year he won the Hickok. After retiring, he spent time as a coach and athletic director at the Coast Guard Academy, and also coached briefly in the NFL. He died at age eighty-two in 2003.

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Pitoniak, Scott, Jewel of the Sports World: The Story of the Hickok Belt Award, Rochester New York: RIT Press, Copyright © 2010