In 1986, the Board of Directors of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame created two special awards which may be presented at the Annual Induction Banquet & Ceremony. These awards, which are separated from the induction of members, are the Distinguished Alabama Sportsman and the Distinguished American Sportsman.

J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner

2019 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Daniel A. Moore

2019 Distinguished American Sportsman

Jimmy Rane

2018 Distinguished American Sportsman

Dr. Gaylon McCollough

2017 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Pete Derzis

2017 Distinguished American Sportsman

Edgar Welden

2016 Distinguished American Sportsman

Ron Froehlich

2015 Distinguished American Sportsman

Mike Slive

2015 Distinguished American Sportsman

Charles Kelley

2014 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Kennith Blankenship

2014 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Don Logan

2011 Distinguished American Sportsman

Rick Woodward

2010 Distinguished American Sportsman

Mickey Newsome

2010 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Nick Bollettieri

2009 Distinguished American Sportsman

Ronald Bruno

2009 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Joe Gibbs

2008 Distinguished American Sportsman

Mal Moore

2007 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

David Housel

2007 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Michael Stephens

2006 Distinguished American Sportsman

Jim Wilson, Jr.

2005 Distinguished American Sportsman

George Mann

2004 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Roy Kramer

2003 Distinguished American Sportsman

John Croyle

2002 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Bill Legg

2001 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Bill Ireland

2000 Distinguished American Sportsman

Larry D. Striplin, Jr.

1998 Distinguished American Sportsman

Dr. Larry Lemak

1997 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Tom York

1996 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Dr. Wilford Bailey

1995 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Dr. David Bronner

1994 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Charles O. Finley

1993 Distinguished American Sportsman

George H.W. Bush

1992 Distinguished American Sportsman

Dr. James Andrews

1992 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Hugh Culverhouse

1991 Distinguished American Sportsman

Ray Scott

1990 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Jack Warner

1989 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman

Bob Hope

1988 Distinguished American Sportsman

Hall Thompson

1987 Distinguished Alabama Sportsman