Nick Rimando's pretty popular in Utah, and he's certainly the best goalkeeper the state has ever seen. As such, it wasn't entirely surprising that he was up for two Utah Governor's State of Sport Awards, one for the Best Pro Male Athlete and the other for Highlight of the Year.
It also shouldn't be too surprising that he won both of those, but in being named the best professional male athlete, he beat out two 2013 Super Bowl winners in Haloti Ngata and Paul Kruger, a 2012 Stanley Cup winner in Trevor Lewis, golf pro Daniel Summerhays, and rodeo pro Jesse Wright.
The highlight of the year comes for his stellar performance against Seattle Sounders in the first leg of the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals.
From a Real Salt Lake-issued press release: "I'd like to thank Real Salt Lake, first and foremost, as well as all the fans of RSL, and most importantly, my family, especially my wife Jacqui for her support throughout my career," Rimando said. "It's an incredible honor to be recognized today and included in categories full of such accomplished professional athletes and amazing highlights. I'm honored to call Utah home, and I want everyone to know that this would never be possible without my teammates."
For posterity, here are those tasty, tasty highlights of his saves in that match.