A look at the winners of the award, which started in 1998:
2011, Seimone Augustus: After two years of misfortune, the Lynx star dug deep and inspired her team to a WNBA title.
2010, Earl Santee: The architect of Target Field turned a desolate urban parking lot into the "best ballpark in America."
2009, Brett Favre: Future Hall of Famer led the Vikings to a 12-4 regular season and into the NFC Championship Game. At 40 years old, Favre completed 68 percent of his passes and threw 33 TD passes.
2008, Lindsey Vonn: Vonn, who got her start on Burnsville's Buck Hill, became the most successful downhill skier in U.S. history and the first American woman in 25 years to win the World Cup overall title.
2007, Adrian Peterson: The Vikings' rookie sensation became an instant star, and in only his eighth game set an NFL single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the Chargers.
2006, Twins organization: A playoff team with a Cy Young Award winner (Johan Santana), an MVP (Justin Morneau) and a batting champ (Joe Mauer) also got approval for a new outdoor stadium.
2005, Greg Eslinger: Virtually unnoticed by recruiters, the consensus All-America center became one of the greatest Gophers and won the Outland Trophy.
2004, Lindsay Whalen: The driving force behind the transformation of the Gophers women's basketball program into a national power.
2003, John Gagliardi: The St. John's coach earned his 409th victory on Nov. 8, 2003, becoming college football's winningest coach, and his team won the NCAA Division III national title.
2002, Harry Crump: Hennepin County judge issued a restraining order that kept the Twins out of MLB's contraction plans.
2001, Joe Mauer: The baseball, basketball and football star at Cretin-Derham Hall High School was one of the state's all-time great prep athletes before he put on a Twins uniform.
2000, Jac Sperling: The Wild's chief executive officer led the NHL back to Minnesota and started the rally to build Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul.
1999, Glen Mason: The Gophers' most successful football season in three decades (culminating with a Sun Bowl vs. Oregon) earned him Coach of the Year honors from his Big Ten peers.
1998, Randall Cunningham: Out of football before joining the Vikings as a backup quarterback, he led the team to a 15-1 regular season.
Note: Candidates are nominated by members of the Star Tribune sports department, and a selection committee of staff members makes the final choice.
|Atlanta||2||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Washington||3||Bottom 6th Inning|
|NY Mets||6||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||4||Top 7th Inning|
|Miami||2||Top 9th Inning|
|Baltimore||2||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Boston||0||Bottom 6th Inning|
|Detroit||1||Top 8th Inning|
|Miami||0||Top 4th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||3:05 PM|
|Chicago WSox||3:05 PM|
|Kansas City||3:05 PM|
|Phoenix||102||4th Qtr 8:49|
|Charlotte||92||4th Qtr 2:53|
|Golden State||8:00 PM|
|Vancouver||0||1st Prd 19:43|
|Toronto||0||1st Prd 20:00|
|Edmonton||0||1st Prd 20:00|
|San Jose||3:00 PM|
|Louisiana||80||1st OT 0:31|
|Duke||60||2nd Half 0:39|
|Saint Josephs||65||2nd Half 0:20|
|Michigan State||2:30 PM|
|Chicago||0||1st Half 44:55|
|Vancouver FC||6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||44|
|Stetson||3||1st Half 17:43|
|Fla Gulf Coast||2|
|St Francis-PA||2||1st Half 17:55|
|Drake||0||1st Half 19:16|
|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon||X||48-30|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon||X||42-14|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||14-13|