Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk Selected as 2019 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Mark Ezell (right), Commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development, congratulates Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk after announcing she had been selected as the 2019 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame during Friday's 2019 NFL Draft Patron’s luncheon at Saint Thomas Sports Park.
Mark Ezell (right), Commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development, congratulates Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk after announcing she had been selected as the 2019 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame during Friday's 2019 NFL Draft Patron’s luncheon at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

NASHVILLE – Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has been selected as the 2019 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Mark Ezell, commissioner of Tennessee Tourist Development, made the announcement on Friday at the end of the 2019 NFL Draft Patron’s luncheon at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

“When it was announced, I was so pleasantly surprised,” Strunk said. “I feel so honored to have this award, and I’m just very thankful that the folks that award it thought I should get it.”

The 2019 TSHF dinner is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville.

Strunk is the first honoree to be revealed; the full slate of 2019 honorees and inductees will be announced in March.

The Tennessean of the Year award was first awarded by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1982.

The award “honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to our society through sports or other methods, demonstrating strong character and high profile leadership,” Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Bill Emendorfer said.

The Tennessean of the Year award is not bestowed each year; only when people are deemed worthy.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is located inside Bridgestone Arena and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 p.m. - 5 p.m. Their Tennessee Titans exhibit was updated last week.

Previous winners of the Tennessean of the Year award:

2018: Nashville Predators

2016: Peyton Manning

2014: Todd Helton

2013: James Franklin

2012: Pat Summitt

2011: Kenny Chesney, Ryland Hoskins.

2007: Hank Williams, Jr.

2006: James A. “Jim” Haslam II

2005: Tennessee Olympians.

2004: Avron Fogelman

2003: Gaylord Entertainment Company

2002: 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Major General Richard A. Cody. Commanding.

2001: Tennessee Olympians

2000: Doug Dickey

1999: Phillip Fulmer

1998: Peyton Manning

1997: Phillip Bredesen

1996: Don Sundquist

1995: Vince Gill

1994: Albert Gore, Jr.

1993: Cybil Shepard

1992: John Seigenthaler

1991: Johnny Majors

1990: Ned Ray McWherter

1989: Roy Acuff

1988: Pat Summitt

1987: Stanley Cohen

1986: Lamar Alexander

1985: Tennessee Olympians

1984: Conway Twitty

1983: Jake F. Butcher

1982: Barbara Mandrell

Mark Ezell, Commissioner, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development, announced during a recent NFL Draft Patron’s luncheon that Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk was selected as the 2019 Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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