National Football Foundation

NFF Leadership

Archie Manning
NFF Chairman
Board Member Since 1993

When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Archie's appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. He was recently selected Father of the Year by the National Father's Day Council. He currently serves in public relations and consulting capacities for several local, regional and national companies, including Reebok, Gatorade, AstroTurf, Direct TV and CBS Sports. For 25 years he hosted four Archie Manning Cystic Fibrosis benefit golf tournaments in Louisiana and Mississippi and is active in a wide variety of charitable and civic causes.

Archie was born May 19, 1949, in Drew, Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi where he was named an All-American Quarterback and is the only Ole Miss player to have his number retired. He was voted Mississippi's Greatest All-Time Athlete in 1992, and recently named Mississippi's Most Popular Athlete of the Century. He was elected to the 50-Year All-South Team (1940-1990), named one of the Top 25 Athletes of the Century in Louisiana and he and his son Peyton were named among the 100 All-Time Greatest College Football Players. Archie was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame and is a member of other Halls of Fame including Louisiana and Mississippi.

In 1971, Archie was the second player chosen in the NFL draft - the number one draft choice of the New Orleans Saints. He set Saints passing records, played in two Pro Bowls and was named the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1978. He was the first player in Saints history to be inducted into the Louisiana Superdome Wall of Fame. He concluded his 15-year career in 1985. He was also drafted four times by major league baseball. While in pro football, he received the Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award, the Bart Starr Humanitarian Award, the Spirit of Good Sports Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and the U.S. Jaycees named him one of 10 Outstanding Young Americans. In 2005 Archie received the Legends award from the Davey O'Brien Foundation and the Aspire award, a tribute to life's coaches, from the Cal Ripken Foundation.

His community activities include Louisiana Special Olympics, the New Orleans Area Boy Scout Council, the Salvation Army, United Way Speakers Bureau, Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, New Orleans Sports Foundation, and National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Board of Directors. Archie and his wife Olivia reside in New Orleans and have three sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli.

Mr. Manning joined the NFF Board of Directors in 1993 and became chairman in 2008. In 2016, he received the NFF's highest honor, the Gold Medal.

Steven J. Hatchell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Board Member Since 2006

In January 2005, Steven J. Hatchell became President and Chief Executive Officer of The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, Inc. (NFF), bringing with him more than 35 years of experience and a reputation as one of the top collegiate athletics administrators in the country.

As president & CEO, Steve oversees a nationwide organization with 121 chapters in 47 states with more than 12,000 members who host more than 1,000 local annual events. During his tenure, the NFF has experienced remarkable growth, and his leadership has played a critical role in the opening of the state-of-the-art $68.5 million College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of Atlanta. He has also spearheaded the launch of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, which has helped raise and distribute millions of dollars for the NFF scholarship programs.

Hatchell’s vision and leadership led to the launch of the NFF “Football Matters to Me” campaign, which includes the website and a series of public service announcements that highlight the positive and lifelong impact that football has had on those who play the game. Millions of people have been exposed to the campaign with the TV spots airing on ESPN, the NFL Network, FOX Sports Southwest and countless college and university jumbotrons across the country.

Hatchell plays the lead role in fostering the Foundation’s relationships with many key national organizations, including the NCAA, all the major collegiate football conferences, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Division I-A Faculty-Athletic Representatives, Football Bowl Association and Pop Warner. He has assembled and engaged one of the most powerful non-profit boards in the country that includes 28 corporate CEOs, eight athletics directors, four bowl executives, three conference commissioners and the executive directors of the AFCA and NACDA. He has also cemented several key sponsorship deals with blue chip companies, including Fidelity Investments and Under Armour, to support the NFF’s many programs.

A career sports administrator, Steve joined the NFF after serving for six years as the commissioner of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).  Prior to the PRCA, Steve served as the first commissioner of the Big 12 Conference in Dallas, an entity he helped establish in 1995 after serving as the last commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 1993-95.  While with the Big 12, Steve played a key role in negotiating the television contracts and bowl game formula that would make the conference one of the strongest in the nation today.  During his time at the Big 12, he also served as the first chairman of the Power of One/NCAA Football Committee, a collegiate promotional initiative to combine the marketing resources of collegiate sports into a unified force, and he was chairman of the Football Bowl Association for six years.

From 1987-93, Steve headed the Orange Bowl as its executive director, landing Fed Ex as its title sponsor, a landmark relationship at the time.  Steve was director of sports information for the University of Colorado from 1972-76. He left CU to become sports information director at Colorado State in September of 1976. He was at CSU for a year, and he added responsibilities as director of external affairs during that period. He served as an associate commissioner of the Big 8 Conference from 1977-83. He left to become the commissioner at the age of 33 of the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference, a post he held from 1983-87. 

Steve has also served on several U.S. Olympic Committee boards and as part of the staff for three Olympic games. He headed the organizing committee for two Super Bowls, and he served as the information director for the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) and on the board of directors for the Doral Ryder Open in Miami. He currently serves on the Development Steering Committee for Special Olympics of Texas. Steve graduated with a journalism degree in 1970 from the University of Colorado.  He and his wife Patty have two sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Clayton I. Bennett
NFF Vice Chairman
Board Member Since 1995

President, Dorchester Capital
Chairman, Oklahoma City Thunder

Kathleen A. Murphy
NFF Vice Chairwoman
Board Member Since 2013

President, Personal Investing, Fidelity Investments


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60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner


New York Hilton Midtown




7:00 PM (6:00 PM Central Standard Time)


Since 1958, the NFF Annual Awards Dinner has proven to be one of our nation's most magnetic affairs, attracting giants of industry and leaders from all walks of life to New York City for the induction of the College Football Hall of Fame Class and more.


The 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will take place Dec. 5, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown.


A star-studded 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class headlines the event, and some of the game's current stars will collect postgraduate scholarships as members of the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The student-athletes will also vie to be the recipient of the coveted William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments, which will be awarded during the event for the 28th time to the nation's top football scholar-athlete.

Since 1958, when U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower took a break from the election trail to accept the NFF Gold Medal at the inaugural event, the NFF Annual Awards Dinner has proven to be one of our nation's most magnetic affairs, attracting giants of industry and leaders from all walks of life to the New York Hilton Midtown's Grand Ballroom. The 2017 banquet marks the 60th edition, and the event has become the one night of the year that brings together all entities of college football, even bitter foes, to celebrate the game.


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