Larry Bird, the pride of French Lick, IN, was the national college Player of the Year in 1979 while leading the Sycamores to a 33-1 record and the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. A two-time consensus first-team All-American and twice the MVC Player of the Year, he finished his career with over 2,000 points and 1,200 rebounds. He went on to earn three NBA titles and was a three time NBA Most Valuable Player with the Boston Celtics. Bird was tabbed as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.

The Larry Bird Trophy is given annually to the Missouri Valley Conference's top performing basketball male student-athlete. Emerson supports the communities and THE academic achievement of today's generation. As the presenting partner of the Larry Bird Trophy, Emerson is proud of on- and off-court accomplishments and supports the development of tomorrow's leaders. Join Emerson in honoring those that have achieved this year.

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