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 2021), Corbett Award winners include 19 NFL players, nine 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.

  • 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

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LSU Stars Sweep Corbett Awards as State’s Top Amateur Athletes

LSU track star Tonea Marshall and Tiger football star Joe Burrow have been selected as the winners of the Corbett Awards for the top female and male amateur athletes in the state of Louisiana for 2019-20. It is the 10th time that LSU has swept the honors since separate male and female awards were instituted in 2000. The duo are the 42nd and 43rd Tiger stars to earn the honor in the 54 years that it has been presented.

Marshall became the third-fastest 60-meter hurdler in NCAA history at 7.86 seconds in Lubbock, Texas, on January 18. She also set the SEC Indoor Track Championship meet record in late February with a time of 7.89 to claim her first ever SEC individual title. Her three best times (7.86 and twice at 7.89) made her only the second woman in NCAA history to have three performances of 7.90 seconds or faster in the 60-meter hurdles. Her 7.86 time was the fifth-best in the world this year as of June 1.

Burrow, a native of Athens, Ohio, set the NCAA FBS record with 60 touchdown passes while leading the nation with 5,671 passing yards (an LSU and SEC record and the third most all-time) and narrowly missing setting the FBS record for completion percentage – he finished at 76.3 percent as he completed 402 of 527 passes (Texas’ Colt McCoy set the mark at 76.7 percent in 2008).

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