SOURCE: The Hickok Belt Award
ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - Jan 16, 2013) - Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings has been selected as the Hickok Belt Award winner for the month of December 2012. Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA). Peterson ran away with the award based on his performance in a month that saw him gain 861 yards as he carried the Vikings into the playoffs. Peterson finished December with a total of 2,097 rushing yards for the season, the second most all time.
Other finalists for the month of December in order of how the NSSA voters ranked them were: Peyton Manning (football), Lionel Messi (soccer), Juan Manuel Marquez (boxing), LeBron James (basketball), Marshawn Lynch (football), Tom Brady (football), Drew Brees (football), Kobe Bryant (basketball) and Graeme McDowell (golf).
Peterson's selection as the Hickok Belt Award winner for December 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 the December recipient, Peterson will join previous monthly award winners including Eli Manning, Jeremy Lin, Lindsey Vonn, Bubba Watson, Josh Hamilton, LeBron James, Usain Bolt, Pablo Sandoval, Brad Keselowski and two time monthly winner Serena Williams as candidates for the annual award. The overall winner will be selected from this elite group, as the Hickok Belt Award, the crown jewel of sports, will be presented for the first time in over 36 years.
Details for the award ceremony to honor the 2012 award winners and unveil this year's overall Hickok Belt Award champion are being finalized. Event details, including ticket information for the event will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more about the upcoming event as well as the rich history of the Hickok Belt Award please visit www.HickokBelt.com.