Former Bear Don Meyer honored with prestigious 2009 ESPY Award
- "Meyer featured on ESPN's E:60"
- "Former Bear and legendary coach Don Meyer featured in Sports Illustrated"
- "The Game of His Life" (Sports Illustrated, Dec. 15, 2008)
(Story Courtesy Northern State University
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Don Meyer, Northern
State University's men's basketball coach and a former baseball and
basketball player at Northern Colorado, was awarded the prestigious
Jimmy V Perseverance Award last week during ESPN's annual ESPY
Awards. The award was presented to Meyer on Wednesday, July 15, at
the Nokia Theatre, and the taped show aired on ESPN on Sunday, July
19. Actor Samuel L. Jackson served as the show host.
Meyer's award comes following his remarkable recovery from a Sept. 5 car accident that resulted in the amputation of part of his left leg. However, neither the accident nor the subsequent cancer diagnosis were able to stop him from returning to the sidelines for the 2008-09 season, which saw him become the winningest men's basketball coach in NCAA history. Meyer led the Wolves to victory on Jan. 10 to record his 903rd career win, breaking the previous record held by Bobby Knight. Meyer finished the season with 910 career wins.
The Jimmy V Award for Perseverance is named for the late Jimmy Valvano, who coached at North Carolina State and later was an ESPN commentator before passing away after a fight with cancer. The award is presented to a deserving member of the sporting world who has overcome great obstacles through physical determination and perseverance.
Meyer becomes the third recipient of the award, which was first awarded to Kay Yow, women's basketball coach at North Carolina State, in 2007. Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett was the 2008 recipient.
Don Meyer's 2009
Jimmy V Perseverance Award speech