HOUSTON — The first Houston Sports Awards were held in downtown Houston on Thursday night, in part to honor the great No. 34s in Houston Sports history, Hakeem Olajuwon, Nolan Ryan and Tyler’s own Earl Campbell.
The Harris County Houston Sports Authority also announced the creation of a Houston Sports Hall of Fame, with an inaugural class of Ryan, Olajuwon and Campbell, a 1974 graduate of John Tyler High School, 1977 Heisman Trophy winner at Texas and longtime Houston Oilers standout.
Other 2018 Houston Sports Award winners:
Athlete of the Year: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
College Athlete of the Year: Ed Oliver, Houston Cougars
High School Athlete of the Year: Grant Gunnell, St. Pius X
Coach of the Year: A.J. Hinch, Houston Astros
Moment of the Year: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros (Game 5 walkoff single in World Series)
Fan of the Year: Carson Riley (caught Carlos Correa HR in ALCS)
Executive of the Year: Jeff Luhnow, Houston Astros
Lifetime Achievement Award: Leslie Alexander, Houston Rockets
Sportsmanship Award: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans