Purdue Athlete of the Year Finalists

Big Ten Directors of Athletics approved a recommendation of the sports information directors to establish a Big Ten Athlete of the Year named for Jesse Owens, Big Ten - Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award beginning in 1982. Indiana track performer Jim Spivey was the initial award winner.

In 1983, the Directors of Athletics approved a separate athlete of the year award for women's athletics. In 1991-92, the women's award was renamed the Big Ten - Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year award as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the Conference.

1982 Keith Edmonson, basketball  
1983 Alvin McNair, track and field Jane Neff, volleyball
1984 Jim Rowinski, basketball Sybil Perry, track and field
1985 Jim Everett, football Yvonne Netterville, track and field
1986 Jim Everett, football Marianne Smith, volleyball
1987 Rod Woodson, track and football Cathey Tyree, basketball and track/field
1988 Troy Lewis, basketball Sharon Versyp, basketball
1989 Brian Kiser, track and field Jamie McNeair, track and field
1990 Stephen Scheffler, basketball Jamie McNeair, track and field
1991 Jimmy Oliver, basketball #Joy Holmes, basketball
1992 Charles Jones, wrestling #MaChelle Joseph, basketball
1993 Glenn Robinson, basketball Heidi Reynolds, swimming
1994 *Glenn Robinson, basketball Kim Fritsch, swimming
1995 Cuonzo Martin, basketball Corissa Yasen, track and field
1996 Mike Alstott, football Corissa Yasen, track and field
1997 Matt Brown, swimming Jannon Roland, basketball
1998 Brian Alford, football Stephanie White, basketball
1999 Rosevelt Colvin, football #Stephanie White-McCarty, basketball
2000 Drew Brees, football Katie Douglas, basketball
2001 Drew Brees, football #Katie Douglas, basketball
2002 Lee Williamson, golf Serene Ross, track and field
2003 Chris Fleeger, wrestling Andrea Hillsey, softball
2004 John Standeford, football Shereka Wright, basketball
2005 Taylor Stubblefield, football Carrie McCambridge, diving
2006Giordan Pogioli, swimmingOnnarin Sattayabanphot, golf
2007Anthony Spencer, footballAmanda Miller, diving
2008Dustin Keller, footballMaria Hernandez, golf
* Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year
# Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year