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Chris Rix Lifetime Achievement Award – 2008 Recipients

We have had some great reader nominees for the first class of recipients for the Chris Rix Lifetime Achievement Award, and thanks to you, we now have an extensive list of players who just wouldn’t leave school. As I was running through the list, a few categories emerged that each player belonged to. I have broken down the recipients into these categories and given a short description to each one and named it after the player who best exemplifies the virtues of the category.

The Casey Dick Crappy Quarterback Division – I couldn’t name a category of the award after Chris Rix, so Casey Dick gets the nod in this one, because he is terrible (I once watched him attempt a Hail Mary pass at the end of a half that he threw about 20 yards out of bounds on the sideline). There is a wealth of mediocre college QB’s who somehow got a hold of a big time starting job, and they firmly held onto it for the next 9 years.
(*=recipient with honors)

Chris Rix*
Chris Leak
Jeff Smoker
Reggie Ball
Ron Pawlus
Drew Tate
Casey Dick*
Drew Weatherford

The Cherokee Parks Duke Basketball Division – Duke just gets so much coverage from ESPN/CBS that it’s impossible for a guy who plays for them early in their career to not seem like he’s been there forever…and Duke players are just SO annoying.

Chris Duhon
Steve Wojciechowski
Greg Paulus
Cherokee Parks*
DeMarcus Nelson
Daniel Ewing
JJ Redick

The Mateen Cleaves Good College Player, But Never Good Enough to Leave School Early Division – Some guys just have the kind of game that is perfect for the college level. They play right away, and are good right away, but the scouts are never salivating over them, so they end up in school for 7 years.

Pat White
Mateen Cleaves*
Levance Fields
Wayne Turner
Paul Davis
Julius Hodge
Carl Krauser
Aaron Miles

The Gerry McNamara Role Player For an Elite Team Early in Career, Featured Player Later Division – These guys contributed immediately, and possibly even started early in their careers for really good teams, and they grew into more significant roles as their careers progressed. Note that this kind of player is often WAY overrated.

Walter Hodge
Dante Cunningham
Gerry McNamara*
Drew Neitzel

The Bran Cardinal Ugly Big 10 Players Division – Big 10 sports just are not fun to watch, so their best players are often no fun to watch either; they deserve their own category.

Brian Cardinal*
Ron Dayne
Evan Eschmeyer
Luke Recker

Jess Settles Assist to Injury/Transfer Division – These players played early on and stuck in college for much longer than normal either due to sitting out a year due to transferring or due to injury or sometimes even both.

Eric Devendorf
Ellis Myles
Jess Settles*
David Padgett
Ronald Steele
Juan Palacios
Drew Lavender
Luke Recker

Bobby Frasor Best Supporting Actor Division – Some players just are always meant to play a role, and they find a role early, and they just keep on playing it. They never are featured players, but they are always good enough to contribute to high profile programs, so they are in the public consciousness right away.

Bobby Frasor*
Bobby Newcombe
Sasha Kaun
Jackie Manuel
Jared Prickett
AJ Moye

Carlos Huerta Kickers/Punters Division – There is only so much developing a kicker or punter can do at the college level, so good kickers and punters often find a starting job early in their career and keep on kicking or punting.

Carlos Huerta*
Brandon Coutu
Punting Colquitts
Alexis Serna
Art Carmody

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12 Responses to “Chris Rix Lifetime Achievement Award – 2008 Recipients”

  1. wink December 22, 2008 at 12:23 pm #

    I think Luke Recker is in the wrong category. The man played for IU, Arizona and Iowa and was in college hoops for like 8 years. He needs to move over to the Settles category.

  2. D.C.'s biggest fan December 22, 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    I am Dustin Colquitt’s biggest fan. How can I vote for him?

  3. Guy Smiley December 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm #

    Luke Recker is now a member of two separate divisions of the CRLAA, and given how much he likes to change teams, I don’t think he would have it any other way.

  4. Tbone December 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    Andrew Wilson was an FSU Basketball player for about 8 years. Really. Look it up.

  5. Bill December 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm #

    lawrence thunderbird should be in the gerry mcnamara category. played on the elite team with jackson. when jackson left it was suppose to be his show…..uh oh!

  6. Rufus December 22, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    You have to have Shane Battier in the Gerry McNamara category

  7. deebee December 22, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    how about dominic james, jerel mcneal, and wesley matthews? they have been the big 3 at marquette since dwayne wade graduated…

  8. AT December 22, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    How is Kyle Wright not in the running for the Casey Dick award?

  9. michaelruffin December 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    thank you for adding drew weatherford to the list that chris rix was on top… weatherford was 10x worse than rix.. rix just made bad decisions at times.. weatherford was just god awful… the guy couldnt throw a fade route cuz he would throw it 20 years outta bounds.. he just sucked, simple as that… rix was actually decent for the first part of his career.

  10. michaelruffin December 23, 2008 at 12:05 am #

    as a packer fan i’d also like to add aj hawk to the big10 list.. u ever watch him in the nfl?? by far one of the worse linebackers in the nfl..ohio state cant produce linebackers to the nfl.. they’re all good in college.. but anybody can be good in college playin in the big10..

  11. Guy Smiley December 23, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    Jordan Shipley just clinched receiving the CRLAA in 2009.



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