Bayou City Buzz - Houston Sports Awards

With help from the sports broadcasters known as "the Voices of Houston," the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority presented the inaugural Houston Sports Awards at the Hilton Americas on Thursday.

"The Voice of Houston" included Bill Worrell, Clyde Drexler, Matt Bullard, Marc Vandermeer, Andre Ware, Todd Kalas, Geoff Blum, Bill Brown, Jim Deshaies, Seth Payne and Kevin Eschenfelder.

"We are thrilled with this, our first class of Legacy Award winners for the Houston Sports Awards," said Harris County - Houston Sports Authority Public Relations Director Patti Smith. "The selection committee did a phenomenal job and all three of these recipients are clearly deserving in their respective categories. We look forward to honoring and celebrating them in February."

Former Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Houston Astros general manager was presented with the Executive of the Year award and Houston Texans defensive end was given the Sportsmanship Award.

The Houston Sports Awards also honored winners in the following seven other categories: 

  • Athlete of The Year (pro/Olympian)
  • College Athlete of the Year
  • High School Athlete of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Moment of the Year
  • Event of the Year
  • Fan of the Year

The event also honored "Houston's Legendary 34s," namely, former Astros and Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan, former Texas Longhorns and Houston Oilers running back Earl Campbell and former Rockets and Houston Cougars center Hakeem Olajuwon. The trio, who have each been enshrined in their prospective sports halls of fame, all wore jersey number 34 when they played.