The Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year award is given annually to the man voted as the top male athlete in the Big Ten Conference.
In 1982, the Big Ten Conference established a Big Ten Athlete of the Year award. The award is named after Jesse Owens, the legendary Ohio State track star. The following year, a parallel award for women, the Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year, was created.
The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.
Recipients of the Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award are listed below: