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2022 Paycom Jim Thorpe Award FINALISTs

 

KEY DATES

  • July 25, 2022: Preseason Watch List Released
  • Oct. 24, 2022: Semifinalists Announced
  • ESPN Official Release – Nov. 29, 2022: Finalists Announced
  • ESPN Official Release TBD: Winner Announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards
  • Feb. 7, 2023: Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Banquet Honoring the 2022 Winner in Oklahoma City

The prestigious Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is given annually to the best defensive back in college football based on performance on the field, athletic ability and character. This preseason watch list includes 35 of the nation’s best defensive backs, representing 10 conferences and one independent. The winner will be announced on ESPN’s live presentation of The Home Depot College Football Awards.

The official presentation of the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award takes place in Oklahoma City, following The Home Depot College Football Awards. The current winner and all former winners are invited each year to celebrate. Over 500 supporters attend the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Banquet each year, including many celebrities and dignitaries.

2022 Finalist Fan Vote

HISTORY

Given annually to college football’s top defensive back, the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award is one of the National College Football Awards Association’s most coveted honors. Established in 1986, the award recognizes performance on the field, athletic ability and character, in accordance with its namesake.

A native Oklahoman who excelled in several sports, Thorpe garnered many accolades, including two Olympic gold medals during the 1912 Games in Stockholm. Controversially, he was stripped of his medals in 1913 due to questions surrounding his amateur status. However, in July 2022, Thorpe was reinstated as the sole winner of the pentathlon and decathlon, officially restoring his legacy.

During his football career, Thorpe played running back, punter and placekicker, but shined as a defensive back.

As an Oklahoma company celebrating innovation, Paycom is a proud sponsor of the Jim Thorpe Award, named for one of our state’s true trailblazers.

PAST WINNERS

2021: Coby Bryant,
Cincinnati

2021: Coby Bryant,
Cincinnati

2020: Trevon Moehrig,
TCU

2019: Grant Delpit,
LSU

2018: Deandre Baker,
Georgia

cutout image of Deandre Baker in Georgia uniform

2017: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
2016: Adoree’ Jackson, USC
2015: Desmond King, Iowa
2014: Gerod Holliman, Louisville
2013: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
2012: Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
2011: Morris Claiborne, LSU
2010: Patrick Peterson, LSU
2009: Eric Berry, Tennessee

2008: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State
2007: Antoine Cason, Arizona
2006: Aaron Ross, Texas
2005: Michael Huff, Texas
2004: Carlos Rogers, Auburn
2003: Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
2002: Terence Newman, Kansas State
2001: Roy Williams, Oklahoma

2000: Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin
1999: Tyrone Carter, Minnesota
1998: Antoine Winfield, Ohio State
1997: Charles Woodson, Michigan
1996: Lawrence Wright, Florida
1995: Greg Myers, Colorado State
1994: Chris Hudson, Colorado
1993: Antonio Langham, Alabama

1992: Deon Figures, Colorado
1991: Terrell Buckley, Florida State
1990: Darryll Lewis, Arizona
1989: Mark Carrier, USC
1988: Deion Sanders, Florida State
1987: Bennie Blades, Miami (FL) (tie)
1987: Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma (tie)
1986: Thomas Everett, Baylor

JIM THORPE: ALL-AMERICAN HERO

Paycom is proud to sponsor the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to college football’s top defensive back in the country by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The honor is named for trailblazing Thorpe (1887-1953), an Oklahoma original considered one of the most versatile athletes in sports history. It’s easy to see why …

FOOTBALL

52 games on 6 NFL teams

BASEBALL

91 runs in 6 MLB seasons

TRACK & FIELD

2 gold medals at 1912 Olympics

BASKETBALL

headed World Famous Indians travel team

BALLROOM DANCING

1912 intercollegiate champion

1911-12

2-time college All-American

1912

1st American Indian to win Olympic gold
for the U.S.

1920

1st president of organization now known
as the NFL

1950

named 20th century’s “greatest athlete,” Associated Press (AP)

1951

played by Burt Lancaster in the movie
Jim Thorpe – All-American

1963

Pro Football Hall of Fame charter member

1973

President Nixon proclaims April 16 as
Jim Thorpe Day

1998

commemorated on U.S. Postal Service 32¢ stamp

1999

3rd place, Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century, AP

2000

voted Greatest Athlete of the Twentieth Century, ABC Sports

2007

7th place, Top North American Athletes of the Century, ESPN

PERSONAL BESTS

10 seconds = 100-yard dash

4 minutes, 35 seconds = 1-mile run

23 feet, 6 inches = long jump

6 feet, 5 inches = high jump

11 feet = pole vault

47 feet, 9 inches = shot put

163 feet = javelin

136 feet = discus

SOURCES

Baseball Reference, “Jim Thorpe,” baseball-reference.com, 2007.

Botelho, Greg, “Roller-coaster life of Indian icon, sports’ first star,” cnn.com, July 14, 2004.

MSN Encarta, “Jim Thorpe,” web.archive.org, 1997-2007.

Wikipedia, “Jim Thorpe,” en.wikipedia.org, April 23, 2017.

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