Six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy was given the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The Scot, 38, was honoured at the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow.
"It's very hard not to get emotional when you hear amazing words from people you respect and get this amazing reception," said Hoy.
"I never thought I'd see my name alongside Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham and Seve Ballesteros."
He added: "I became a dad eight weeks ago. He was in hospital for eight weeks and finally came out last week and we got him home.
"I'm sure he'll be watching it on telly."
|Recent Lifetime Achievement Award winners|
|2013: Sir Alex Ferguson (football) Diamond award||2012: Lord Coe (athletics)|
|2011: Sir Steve Redgrave (rowing)||2010: David Beckham (football)|
|2009: Seve Ballesteros (golf)||2008: Sir Bobby Charlton (football)|
|2007: Sir Bobby Robson (football)||2006: Bjorn Borg (tennis)|
|2005: Pele (football)||2004: Sir Ian Botham (cricket)|
Four-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins has paid tribute to the 11-time world champion.
"He is the marker for everybody else because he was, in some ways, the model athlete off the bike as well as on it," said Wiggins, the 2012 Sports Personality of the Year after winning the Tour de France.
"He's right up there, not only for British athletes but in terms of world athletes. I put Chris up there with the Usain Bolts of this world."
He also secured two gold and two bronze medals for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games.
Barbara Slater, BBC Sport director, welcomed the award for Hoy, who has turned his attention to motor racing since his retirement from cycling in 2013.
"As a former BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner, Sir Chris Hoy has been a tremendous ambassador for sport and, although he has retired from cycling, he continues to be an inspiration to young athletes," she said.
"It's fantastic that he is not only being recognised for his exceptional achievements, but also that it is being awarded to him in his home country."
|Sir Chris Hoy's gold medals|
|World (11)||Olympics (6) & Commonwealth (2)|
|World Championships2012: Keirin 2010: Keirin 2008: Sprint & keirin2007: Keirin & 1km time trial2006: 1km time trial 2005: Team sprint2004: 1km time trial 2002: 1km time trial & team sprint||Olympic Games2012: Team sprint & keirin2008: Team sprint, keirin & sprint2004: 1km track time trialCommonwealth Games2006: Team sprint2002: 1km time trial|