Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Florida Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Month

October 2013

Professional Athlete of the Month  

Steven Stamkos
NHL Hockey
Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos tied for the League lead with seven points (3-4—7) in helping the Lightning win a trio of games. He opened the week with 2-2—4, including the primary assist on Martin St. Louis’ overtime winner, in a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 24. 

Stamkos then recorded one assist in a 3-2 triumph over the Buffalo Sabres Oct. 26 and 1-1—2, plus the shootout winner, in a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers Oct. 27. The 23-year-old native of Markham, Ont., has posted five multi-point games this season and ranks second in the NHL with 17 points (8-9—17) in 11 contests. 

Article courtesy of espn.go.com
Amateur Athlete of the Month 

Jameis Winston 
NCAA Football 
Florida State University
Photo courtesy of espn.go.com

Good thing for the Florida State Seminoles that freshman quarterback Jameis Winston isn't eligible for the NFL draft. If he were, he'd probably be the first overall pick. Or at least that's what one NFL scout told me earlier this week.

The scout said he is not allowed to talk publicly about players who are not eligible for the draft, but he did offer me this comment under the condition of anonymity:  
"Rarely, do you see a quarterback at Winston's age who has the combination of size, speed, arm strength and field awareness that he has," the scout said. "He's a bigger, stronger, faster version of  (Louisville's) Teddy Bridgewater."
The scout went on to say that obviously it would depend on which team has the No. 1 pick, but he said ANY team in need of a quarterback would "absolutely move up" if they had a chance to draft Winston.
Translation: Enjoy Famous Jameis while while you can, Seminole fans.
Players can enter the NFL three years after they leave high school. That means after next season -- when Winston is just a redshirt sophomore -- he will be eligible for the draft and will likely be the No. 1 pick.

Article courtesy of Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

About the Florida Sports Hall of Fame 
“Athlete of the Month” Award

The FSHOF has created a monthly recognition award for any male or female athlete, all ages, amateur or professional, and is a current Florida resident. The Athlete of the Month Award will create an opportunity for the grassroots sports fan to make nominations and to learn more about the mission of the FSHOF to help fight childhood obesity and children’s diabetes. A special panel chaired by FSHOF Board of Director Russ Sloan including FSHOF Enshrined Members, FSHOF Staff, and local media will review nominations and vote to determine the award winners. Athlete of the Month recipients are featured on the FSHOF website, have a plaque showcased at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex, and receive a certificate of recognition.  

Simply click on our Nomination Chairman's 
email link below and make your nomination. 

Russ Sloan
Florida Sports Hall of Fame 
Board of Directors
Nominating Committee Chairman

Click to Submit Your Nomination

Past Florida Sports Hall of Fame 
 Athlete of the Month Award Winners

September 2013

Professional Athlete of the Month
Major League Baseball
Will Myers
Tampa Bay Rays

Photo Credit: USA Today

  Amateur Athlete of the Month
Endurance Swimmer
Diana Nyad

Photo Credit: blog.zap2it

August 2013
Professional Athlete of the Month
Olympic and World Gold Medal Winner
Ryan Lochte

Photo Credit. Gawker.com
Amateur Athlete of the Month
Duke Johnson
University of Miami Football

Photo Credit: Palm Beach Post

July 2013 

Jose Fernandez 
Miami Marlins Pitcher 
National League 
Rookie of the Month

Photo Credit: CBSSports.com

June 2013

Miami Heat
Back to Back
NBA World Champions

Photo Credit: NBA.com
May 2013

Luke Weaver
NCAA College Baseball 
Florida State University

April 2013

Andres Arroyo
Track and Field
Florida Dairy Farmers
Track Athlete of the Year

March 2013 

Sherwood Brown
College Basketball
Florida Gulf Coast University
NCAA March Madness Star

February 2013

Kali Davis White
National Track Athlete of the Year 
Boyd Anderson High School

January 2013

Lindsey Owens
Orlando Bishop Moore
High School Volleyball
State Championship Team
National High School Player of the Year

December 2012

Two Time Winner LeBron James
NBA Basketball 
 Sports Illustrated
Sportsman of the Year

Photo Courtesy of Wilfredo Lee/AP

October 2012

Buster Posey
Professional Baseball
San Francisco Giants
World Series Champions

Two Time Winner! 
September and November 2012

Derrick Henry
Yulee High School 
 High School Football

August 2012

Sanya Richards-Ross
Track and Field
Olympic Gold Medal Winner

July 2012

Ryan Lochte
Olympic Gold Medal Winner

June 2012

LeBron James
NBA Basketball
Miami Heat 
World Champions

May 2012

Mike Zinino
University of Florida
NCAA Baseball

April 2012 

Jeff Demps 
University of Florida 
NCAA Track and Field

March 2012

Bradley Beal
University of Florida
NCAA Basketball

February 2012
Dwight Howard
Orlando Magic 
NBA Basketball

January 2012 

Noor Davis
Leesburg High School 
High School 
Football & Baseball