Eli Manning Wins First Hickok Belt Monthly Award

SALISBURY, NC (February 3, 2012) — New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has received the highest average ranking from National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association voters, to win the  Hickok Belt Award, as the world’s best pro athlete in January.

Manning, who will lead his Giants against the New England Patriots in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI, received five out of 19 first-place votes to edge Australian Open men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic.  Djokovic, who won the marathon singles final over Rafael Nadal, actually received more first-place votes (eight to Manning’s five).  But none of the 19 voters picked Manning lower than fifth of the ten finalists, while two of the voters picked Djokovic ninth.

The Hickok Belt Award has been resurrected, after a 35-year absence.  Awarded from 1950-1976 by the  Hickok Manufacturing Company of Rochester, NY, the Belt was won by a who’s who of pro athletes, from Mays to Palmer to Koufax to Ali.  A select group of NSSA members is serving as the voting body for the monthly and annual Awards.

To learn more about the Hickok Belt Award, go to:  http://hickokbelt.com/.

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