Heart of a Champion Award Recipients

2023 Mark Dantonio
David Shaw
Sylvester Croom
Lee Corso

The American Heart Association’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards has named coaching legend Mark Dantonio the recipient of the 2023 Paul “Bear” Bryant Heart of a Champion Award, presented by St. Luke’s Health in Houston, Texas. Established in 2020, the Heart of a Champion Award recognizes an individual whose notable contributions and positive influence have helped define the ways we enjoy, watch and engage in sports, and whose life is exemplary of a champion through the display of characteristics for which Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was known, including integrity, perseverance, determination and grit.