Heart of a Champion Award Recipients

2020 Lee Corso
2021 Sylvester Croom
2022 David Shaw



David Shaw is the current head football coach of the Stanford University Cardinal football team. Previously, Shaw was a four-year letter winner playing as a wide receiver for the Cardinals from 1991 to 1994.

His coaching career began at Western Washington University in 1995. In 1997, Shaw began a nine-year run as an NFL assistant coach with stints for the Philadelphia Eagles, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens. In 2006, Shaw left the NFL for the University of San Diego as passing game coordinator. In 2007, Shaw became the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Stanford, and was promoted to head coach in 2011. Shaw has been named Pac-12 Coach of the Year four times and has led Stanford to three Rose Bowl appearances.

Off the field, David Shaw has exemplified the characteristics that Bear Bryant held dear. Over the past eight years, he has been an ever-present source of support for his younger brother, Eric, as he battled a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer. After multiple failed treatment procedures and with the cancer worsening, Coach Shaw agreed to an unusual bone marrow transplant procedure to help his brother. In January 2019, Eric was declared cancer free.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the Heart of a Champion Award,” Shaw said. “Looking at the list of previous recipients is incredibly humbling. The American Heart Association’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards are truly special, and I accept this award with gratitude.”