The James J. Corbett Award
The Corbett Award was created in 1967 and named in honor of the late James J. Corbett to commemorate his many contributions to intercollegiate athletics and specifically to the Sugar Bowl. At the time of his death, Mr. Corbett was the Athletic Director at Louisiana State University. These awards are presented annually to the most outstanding amateur male and female athletes in the State of Louisiana. The Corbett recipients are selected each year by members of the N.O. Sports Hall of Fame Committee, based on nominations submitted by the state’s sportswriters, sportscasters and sports information directors.
Since its inception in 1967 (through 2017), Corbett Award winners include 17 NFL players, eight Major League Baseball players, four NBA players (including two Hall of Famers), eight Olympians (including seven Gold Medal winners), three WNBA players and one PGA Tour star.
- 2017-18: Armand Duplantis, Lafayette High School Track & Field
- 2017-18: Aleia Hobbs, LSU Track & Field
- 2013-14: Leonard Fournette, St. Augustine High School Football (NFL)
- 2013-14: Christina Hamilton, UL-Lafayette Softball
- 2005: Micah Owings, Tulane Baseball (MLB)
- 2005: Seimone Augustus, LSU Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)
- 2000: Brad Cresse, LSU Baseball
- 2000: Peta-Gaye Dowdie, LSU Track & Field (Olympian)
- 1999: Tim Rattay, Louisiana Tech Football (NFL)
- 1998: Shaun King, Tulane Football (NFL)
- 1997: Brandon Larson, LSU Baseball (MLB)
- 1996: Warren Morris, LSU Baseball (MLB)
- 1995: Kerry Joseph, McNeese State Football (NFL)
- 1994: Russ Johnson, LSU Baseball (MLB)
- 1993: Todd Walker, LSU Baseball (MLB)
- 1992: Shaquille O’Neal, LSU Basketball (NBA, Olympic Gold)
- 1991: Shaquille O’Neal, LSU Basketball (NBA, Olympic Gold)
- 1990: Esther Jones, LSU Track & Field (Olympic Gold)
- 1989: Chris Jackson, LSU Basketball (NBA)
- 1988: Teresa Weatherspoon, Louisiana Tech Basketball (WNBA, Olympic Gold)
- 1987: Marc Zeno, Tulane Football
- 1986: Eun Jung Lee, Northeast Louisiana Basketball
- 1985: Lauri Young, Northeast Louisiana Track & Field
- 1984: Kim Mulkey, Louisiana Tech Basketball (Olympic Gold)
- 1983: Buford Jordan, McNeese State Football (NFL)
- 1982: Alan Risher, LSU Football (NFL)
- 1981: Pam Kelly, Louisiana Tech Basketball (WBB Hall of Fame)
- 1980: Hal Sutton, Centenary Golf (PGA)
- 1979: Roch Hontas, Tulane Football
- 1978: Charles Alexander, LSU Football (NFL)
- 1977: Doug Williams, Grambling Football (NFL)
- 1976: Terry Robiskie, LSU Football (NFL)
- 1975: Robert Parish, Centenary Basketball (NBA Hall of Fame)
- 1974: Terry Kieffer, UNO Baseball
- 1973: Rodney Milburn, Southern Track & Field (Olympic Gold)
- 1972: Bert Jones, LSU Football (NFL)
- 1971: Rodney Milburn, Southern Track & Field (Olympic Gold)
- 1970: Rick Kingrea, Tulane Football (NFL)
- 1969: Pete Maravich, LSU Basketball (NBA Hall of Fame)
- 1968: Pete Maravich, LSU Basketball (NBA Hall of Fame)
- 1967: Nelson Stokley, LSU Football
Track & Field Stars Win Corbett Awards as Louisiana’s Top Amateur Athletes
A pair of track and field starts have been selected as the winners of the Corbett Awards for the top male and female amateur athletes in the state of Louisiana for 2017-18. It is the first time that a pair of track and field standouts have won the Corbett Awards (one overall Corbett was awarded from 1967 to 1999 when the committee began selecting a male and a female honoree). Six other track and field standouts, including Olympic Gold Medalists Rodney Milburn (two-time winner in 1971 and 1973) and Esther Jones (1990), have earned the honor in the award’s history.
Other track and field stars to be recognized are LSU stars Kimberlyn Duncan (two-time winner in 2011 and 2013), Xavier Carter (2006) and Peta-Gay Dowdie (2000) and Lauri Young (1985) from Northeast Louisiana (now UL Monroe).
Duplantis is just the second high-school athlete to win the Corbett Award, while Hobbs, a graduate of McMain High School in New Orleans, also earned the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Year honor.
Hobbs, a nine-time All-American captured the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship in the 100-meter dash with a time 11.01 seconds in the midst of a heavy rainstorm and into a headwind – it was the fastest 100-meter dash into a headwind in collegiate history. In addition, she anchored the LSU 4×100 relay team that posted the fastest time in collegiate history (42.05) at the SEC Championships before keying the team’s NCAA Championship in the event.
Prior to her double wins at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Hobbs had also won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 60-meter dash with an NCAA record time of 7.07. Once outdoor season started, Hobbs became dominant. She set a meet record and facility record in the 100-meter dash in the preliminary heat of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships (10.93) and then broke that mark at 10.92 as she won her second straight conference title in that event. At the NCAA East Regional Championships in Tampa, she accomplished the same feat, setting a meet and facility record with a 10.98 in the prelims before shattering that mark with a 10.90 in the finals. Her 10.90 mark was the second-fastest in the world to that point in 2018 and the third-fastest wind-legal time in NCAA history. To top things off, she won the USATF outdoor national title in the 100-meter dash to become the first woman since 1991 to win the NCAA title and U.S. national title in the 100-meter dash.
Duplantis set his first age-group world-record as a seven-year old. And he continued to shatter pole vaulting marks on an annual basis. Those records reached a pinnacle on May 5, 2018, as he won the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA pole vault state championship while also setting a world junior record with a mark of 19 feet, 5 1/2 inches at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
The 18-year old has spent the summer competing on the world-level in Europe – in meets such as the event in Montreuil outside Paris where he topped world-record holder Renaud Lavillenie from France. He also captured the U20 world championship in the IAAF World Junior Championships in Finland. Upon returning to the United States in mid-August, he will prepare for his first collegiate competition as a member of LSU’s track and field team.