Shane Bieber wins Pro Athlete of the Year, Browns ‘Best Moment’ at 21st annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards


CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Indians Cy Young award winner Shane Bieber added another award to the trophy case Thursday evening.

Bieber was named the 2020 Pro Athlete of the Year at the 21st annual Greater Cleveland Sports Awards, which went virtual this year and was broadcast on WKYC TV-3 and SportsTime Ohio.

“2020 will certainly be a memorable year for many reasons,” Bieber said during the broadcast in accepting the award.

Bieber, who won the pitching triple crown leading all of baseball in wins, ERA and strikeouts, edged out Browns defensive end Myles Garrett and Cavs guard Collin Sexton.

“I’d like to thank Tito, Sandy, the entire coaching staff and all of my teammates for battling all year long,” Bieber continued. “Finally, I want to thank you, the fans for supporting the team throughout the year. Even though you couldn’t be there in person, I felt that support all season long and appreciated it very much.

“I’m excited to see all of you in person again on opening day at Progressive Field on April 5th.”

The Browns, who went 11-5 to secure their first playoff berth in 18 years and then beat the Steelers on Wild Card Weekend, won ‘Moment of the Year.’

Quarterback Baker Mayfield accepted on behalf of the team.

“It was an amazing year and a year of a lot of uncertainty,” Mayfield said in a video. “To be able to have found bright moments…something so special, truly special that I will never forget, and I know everybody that was involved won’t either.

“It means so much to the city of Cleveland and that’s why you saw so much passion and joy in that highlight tape right there because everybody that was a part of it – and there were a lot of pieces, it wasn’t just one person doing everything, it was the whole team playing as one. It means so much for us to be able to give back to the city.”

Cavs forward Kevin Love was honored with the Humanitarian of the Year award for his philanthropic efforts in the mental health arena, including launching the Kevin Love Fund.

“[I’m going to] just continue to eliminate the stigma,” Love said in accepting the award. “We’ve been through a tough year in 2020 which is bleeding into 2021 but I think we can come through this very strong. Everything from COVID to social injustice and just all of the tough times throughout this year.

“Everybody’s going through something so let’s continue to positively, positively affect someone who is going through something with mental health.”

Tyler Hong of Saint Ignatius won the Male High School Athlete award. Hong is a three-time USA swimming All-American and 200-meter individual medley Division I state champion.

Paige Floriea of Mentor won the Female High School Athlete of the Year award. Floriea is a three-time long jump state champion and 15-time All-State finisher. She also won the 2020 long jump indoor state title and was a 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash silver medalist.

Michigan’s Naz Hillman took home Female Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors. The basketball standout was named the 2020-21 Big Ten Co-Player of the Year after averaging 17.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game during the 2019-20 season. She was averaging over 26 points and 9.9 rebounds per game through 11 games this season.

Iowa State linebacker Mike Rose won the Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year award. Rose was the Big-12 Defensive Player of the Year, named a first-team All-American by The Athletic and Phil Steele and an AP and Sporting News second team All-American. He totaled 81 tackles, five interceptions and 1.5 sacks this past season.

Vermilion’s Camryn Colahan was honored with the Courage Award. As a freshman, Colahan had lettered in varsity volleyball, basketball and track. In 2018, as a sophomore, she was beginning her fourth year on a national level Junior Olympic Volleyball team when she discovered a lump on her inner thigh. At the age of 15 she was diagnosed with Stage 4 alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of soft-tissue cancer. Following two years of intense chemotherapy and treatment, she shows no signs of the disease.

“We are exceptionally proud of this year’s Sports Awards,” David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, said. “Although it wasn’t the in-person celebration we all have come to enjoy for our yearly fundraiser, this team, our co-chairs, committee and valued partners made the event possible during a difficult year.

“That’s one of the things our sports commission team is known for, we are resourceful, flexible and driven. We know how to call an audible to make this and every event we produce so special regardless of obstacles.”