It's not often Wisconsin is graced with a Super Bowl MVP and NFL MVP as well as a National League MVP in the same generation, much less all in the same year.
But that's how special 2011 was and Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun were nominated for Pro Athlete of the Year with Prince Fielder and Steve Stricker.
Rodgers won the award and cleaned up in the awards overall – also overall Player of the Year and sharing the ‘best team' award with the Green Bay Packers.
"The thing you look for when you get seven, eight years in the league is consistency," said Rodgers. "You want to be the guy who is the first one in the film room and in preparation."
There were several sports stars and notable figures who also crossed the red carpet in to the Wisconsin Club Thursday night: Rodgers, Braun, Ron Roenicke, Doug Melvin, John Hammond, Rob Jeter, AJ Hawk, Jarrett Bush, Barry Alvarez, Andy North, Pat Richter, Ahman Green, Mark Chmura, Ron Dayne.
In another highly competitive category, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke edged out Packers coach Mike McCarthy for coach of the year. He named about half his roster as people who deserved credit for the Brewers' championship.
"That's what I try to do; stay out of the way and let them play," said Roenicke.
Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk – sporting a flattering buzz cut after shedding the Pat Tillman-inspired long locks - was also recognized as the Community Involved Player of the Year. Baird will be making a donation of $5,000 in Hawk's name to Wisconsin Special Olympics for the honor.
Hawk has participated in numerous charitable causes: Wigs for Kids, Locks for Kids, Wisconsin Special Olympics; Valley View Elementary School and McKinley Elementary for "Take a Player to School" program; Packers' Women's Association food drive; Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer; the Donald Driver Foundation; the Greg Jennings Foundation; the Al Harris Outreach Program; the 2nd & 7 Foundation; the Buckeye Cruise for Cancer.
Here are the winners of the inaugural Wisconsin Sports Awards:
(JSOnline will also have a story and photo gallery up soon).
Samantha Logic, high school basketball Player of the Year
Sam Dekker, boys high school basketball Player of the Year
Vince Biegel, high school football Player of the Year
Lance Leipold, college Coach of the Year
Montee Ball, college Player of the Year
UW-Whitewater football, college Team of the Year
Aaron Rodgers, professional Athlete of the Year
Super Bowl XLV, Game of the Year
Ron Roenicke, Coach of the Year
Aaron Rodgers, Player of the Year
Green Bay Packers, Team of the Year
Brewers, fan friendly Team of the Year
A.J. Hawk, Baird Community Involved Player of the Year
Courtesy: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel