I think he stopped earning that encomium in about the summer of 2000.
a formal expression of praise, esp. an elaborate eulogy; laudation
Greek enkomion 'eulogy'
1580s, from Late Latin encomium, from Greek enkomion (epos) "laudatory (ode), eulogy," from en "in" (see en- (2)) + komos "banquet, procession, merrymaking" (see comedy).