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Sports Star of the Year Award Winners (1980-1989)

1980

Jack Sikma
SuperSonics All-Star

The 6-foot-11 center dominated NBA defenses over a 14-year career — nine of which spent with the Seattle SuperSonics. Sikma was an integral part of the 1979 NBA championship team in Seattle, and was also a seven-time NBA All Star. His No. 43 is one of six numbers retired by the Sonics franchise.

 

1981

Don James
Three-Time Rose Bowl Coach

A true college football coaching legend, the “Dawgfather” led UW to 15 bowl games over 18 seasons, including the 1991 National Championship. His overall record at Washington is 153-57-2. He was named Sports Star of the Year following a dominant 28-0 victory over Iowa in the 1981 Rose Bowl. This past season, UW unveiled a statue of the late coach outside Husky Stadium.

 

1982

Chuck Nelson
UW All-American Kicker

A Seattle local, Nelson became an All-American kicker at UW and owns the single-season field goal record in school history with 25 made field goals in 1982. He played five seasons in the NFL before spending 17 years as the color commentator for UW football radio broadcasts.

 

1983

Curt Warner
Seahawks Running Star

A dynamic running back in the 1980’s, Warner became the first Seahawk to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season as well as the team’s first Sports Star of the Year. His explosive rookie season culminated with Seattle’s first trip to the conference championship. He is now the president of the Curt Warner Autism Foundation.

 

1984

Chuck Knox
Seahawks Head Coach

Warner’s coach while he was in Seattle, Knox became the first NFL head coach to win division title with three different teams after nine years with the Seahawks. He earned AP NFL Coach of the Year three times and is regularly under consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1985

Steve Largent
Seahawks Receiver

When Largent retired from NFL football in 1989, he was the NFL career receiving leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. His 14 seasons with the Seahawks allowed him to capture franchise records across all seven receiving categories. He went on to represent Oklahoma for eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

1986

Cliff McCrath
Champion Soccer Coach

McCrath was a U.S. soccer player and coach. He coached Seattle Pacific University to the 1978 NCAA Division II Championship and was named Coach of the Year. He retired ranked second on the all time collegiate coaching list with 597 wins and was named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

 

1987

Fredd Young
Seahawks Linebacker

A four-year linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks, Young made four consecutive Pro Bowls as a renowned heavy-hitter on special teams. He also played three seasons for the Indianapolis Colts in the late 1980’s.

 

1988

John L. Williams
Seahawks Running Back

Williams played in 10 NFL seasons from 1986 to 1995, and was named the Sports Star of the Year after posting 877 rushing yards for the Seahawks in 1988. He collected 651 receiving yards in the same season.

 

1989

Ken Griffey Jr.
Mariners All-Star

Griffey was one of the most prolific home run hitters and defensive players of all time who spent his first 10 seasons as a Seattle Mariner. His career spanned three decades and ended with an AL MVP, 13 All-Star selections, 10 Gold Glove Awards, and an induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Griffey won Sports Star of the Year after a phenomenal rookie season in 1989 at just 19 years old.

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