2002-03 Honor Roll: Tony Azevedo

Our second winner of the 10 proud recipients of the Honor Roll is no surprise to Cardinalmaniacs. Tony Azevedo is one of the most gifted and dominant college athletes in any sport today, and perhaps the top rising star in the entire water polo community. Just a sophomore, Azevedo was a slam dunk choice after a Championship year...

In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in late-June), we introduced The Bootleg Honor Roll and also released a list of 30 finalists for this award for the 2002/2003 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed "Spirit of Stanford."

During the month of July, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. Baseball catcher Ryan Garko was our first announced winner.

The second recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is water polo standout Tony Azevedo. Azevedo, a sophomore from Long Beach, CA, has led Stanford to two straight NCAA Championships. Azevedo became Stanford's all-time single-season scorer with a nation-best 95-goal output in 2002 and was named the NCAA Player of the Year and the MPSF Player of the Year. After only two seasons, Azevedo is already Stanford's tenth all-time leading scorer with 163 career goals.

Azevedo also received the Peter J. Cutino Award, which annually recognizes the nation's top male and female collegiate water polo players. It was the second time Azevedo had received the Cutino award. In the June issue of Men's Journal, Azevedo was also chosen as one of the 20 best athletes in the world. Other notables on this list include Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, soccer star Ronaldo, NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett, cyclist Lance Armstrong, NHL All-Star Sergei Fedorov, Tiger Woods, and Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez.

Azevedo is a member of the U.S. National Team and will be competing in this summer's FINA World Championships and Pan American Games. He was the youngest member of the 2000 United States Olympic team and was the leading scorer on the U.S. team at the 2001 World Championships in Japan.

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