Click here to continue 1 / 10 Even as a youngster growing up in Michigan, KVD could catch 'em. 2 / 10 VanDam has always been a competitor. Just look at those eyes! 3 / 10 The legend was born with Kevin's first BASS victory on Georgia's Lake Lanier in 1991. 4 / 10 Now that he's over 40, it might be hard for some to understand why he was ever called the "Kalamazoo Kid." This photo should explain everything. 5 / 10 Ray Scott and Helen Sevier present VanDam with his first Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and check in 1992. 6 / 10 Kevin and his family take a victory lap around the arena after his first Bassmaster Classic championship in 2001. He'd win again in 2005. 7 / 10 In 2005, KVD went on a tear, winning three BASS tournaments in a row, including the Classic on Pittsburgh's Three Rivers. 8 / 10 When you're the consensus pick as the best in the business, the press is never far away. 9 / 10 VanDam's fourth AOY title in 2008 put him in some very exclusive company. Only Roland Martin won more. 10 / 10 With a career that's already spanned almost two decades, Kevin VanDam has a lot to look back on, and hopefully many more great things ahead.