2005 - News Archive

Sun Devil Stadium
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Dec. 21, 2005 – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced today that the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will showcase ten legends from the 2005 Hall of Fame Class
  • Published: Dec 21, 2005
Niswanger (64) received the Draddy Trophy as college football's top scholar-athlete.
NEW YORK, December 6, 2005 – Rudy Niswanger, the standout offensive lineman from Louisiana State, became the 16th recipient of the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, at The National Football Fo
  • Published: Dec 06, 2005
Pat Dye captured four SEC titles during his 12 years at Auburn.
Pat Dye received a special tribute along with his On-Campus Salute during Saturday's annual Iron Bowl showdown between Auburn and Alabama. As a tribute to the legendary coach, the field at Jordan-Har
  • Published: Nov 20, 2005
Doug Atkins
By Nathan Kirkham, University of Tennessee Sports Information Thomas Wolfe may have written You Can’t Go Home Again, but he didn’t pen a word of the Doug Atkins story. Atkins returns home once again
  • Published: Nov 17, 2005
Willie Totten formed a dynamic combination along with WR Jerry Rice during his days at Mississippi Valley State.
Legendary Mississippi Valley State quarterback Willie Totten, who formed a lethal combination with standout record-setting receiver Jerry Rice in college, was honored in Itta Bena on Saturday, Novemb
  • Published: Nov 11, 2005
2005 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Keith Dorney helped the Nittany Lions to four consecutive bowl appearances during his time at Penn State.
In the midst of Penn State’s best season in years, the Nittany Lions will turn back the clock to their dominating teams in the late-1970’s by honoring Hall of Fame running back Keith Dorney on Novemb
  • Published: Nov 04, 2005
5th Annual East Coast All-Star Bowl Game
The 5th Annual East Coast All-Star Bowl Game will take place on Saturday, November 26, 2005, at historic Cameron Field in Petersburg, VA. Sponsored by City of Petersburg and Commonwealth Chapter of T
  • Published: Oct 26, 2005
S.M. McNaughton Chapter President Tony Sardisco is among four winners of the NFF's 2005 Chapter Leadership Award.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 25, 2005 – From its nationwide network of 119 chapters and 10,000 members, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the selection of fo
  • Published: Oct 26, 2005
1987 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Joe Steffy will be among 14 honored during the Army Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies on November 11.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Reserved tables and individual seats to the second Army Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, are curr
  • Published: Oct 21, 2005
1987 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Joe Steffy will be among 14 honored during the Army Sports Hall of Fame ceremonies on November 11.
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Reserved tables and individual seats to the second Army Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 11 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, are curr
  • Published: Oct 21, 2005
The Late Charles Hawkins III, a past president of the NFF Middle Tennessee Chapter.
Integrity, loyalty, and generosity described Charles Hawkins III. He devoted his life to helping others, and despite his passing just over a year ago, he will forever be remembered for his leadership
  • Published: Oct 20, 2005
Purdue Coach Joe Tiller has played a leadership role in launching the Northwest Indiana Chapter.
Rossville’s first-year Little Gridiron program is the latest recipient of goodwill and grant money available through the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall
  • Published: Oct 19, 2005
Red Grange enjoyed one of his finest college games against Michigan this week in college football history.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 6, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments over the l
  • Published: Oct 18, 2005
Coach Don Nehlen was one of four Hall of Fame inductees to receive an On-Campus Salute this past Saturday.
Michigan’s Tom Curtis, Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Coach Roger Harring, fullback Roosevelt Leaks from the University of Texas, and former West Virginia and Bowling Green Head Coach Don Nehlen returned to t
  • Published: Oct 16, 2005
Thomas Bemenderfer (55) from Penn High School in South Bend, Ind., will be one of four NFF National High School Scholar-Athletes honored on December 6 in New York.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 11, 2005 – Through its nationwide network of 119 chapters, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the selection of four remarkable in
  • Published: Oct 11, 2005
Purdue QB Drew Brees completed 55 of 83 passes against Wisconsin this week in college football history.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 6, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments over the l
  • Published: Oct 10, 2005
Red Grange burst onto the scene with three touchdowns in his first collegiate game this week in college football history.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 6, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments over the l
  • Published: Oct 06, 2005
184 scholar-athletes will vie for the opportunity to take home the Draddy Trophy, which Marshall QB Chad Pennington captured in 1999.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., October 4, 2005 – Selected as the best of the brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) today announced the 184 semi-fin
  • Published: Oct 04, 2005
Joe Washington once described his running style at Oklahoma as
Thousands of Oklahoma football fans saluted Joe Washington from 1972-1975, as the legendary fullback darted through defenses and helped the Sooners capture back-to-back national championships in 1974
  • Published: Oct 02, 2005
Jerry Jones joins the NFF Board with seven other of the nation's top leaders.
NFF Adds Eight to Board of DirectorsThe National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame has added eight outstanding individuals to its Board of Directors. They are Jerry Jones,
  • Published: Oct 01, 2005
Marcus Allen's running helped put USC in position to overtake #1 Oklahoma in the final seconds of their game this week in college football history.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., September 27, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments over th
  • Published: Sep 27, 2005
Kirk Baumgartner was a two-time NAIA National Player of the Year.
Wisconsin – Stevens Point legend Kirk Baumgartner, regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NAIA history, was honored Saturday, September 24, with an On-Campus Salute during halftime of the UW
  • Published: Sep 23, 2005
11 years ago this week, Colorado QB Kordell Stewart connected with Michael Westbrook on a 64-yard touchdown as time expired to shock Michigan.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., September 20, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments through
  • Published: Sep 20, 2005
Houston helped the Buckeyes capture the National Championship in 1957.
Jim Houston, 1958 first team All-America selection from The Ohio State University, received an “On-Campus Salute” at halftime of the Buckeyes’ home game against San Diego State this past Saturday. Th
  • Published: Sep 19, 2005
Chris Schenkel presented his namesake award at the 2002 College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival.
Chris Schenkel, a pioneer sports broadcaster and voice of college football for 13 years, passed away on Sunday, September 11 at the age of 82. The former CBS and ABC sportscaster died after a long ba
  • Published: Sep 13, 2005
Archie Griffin's amazing streak of 31 consecutive 100-yard rushing games began this week in 1973.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., September 13, 2005 – As part of an ongoing series throughout the fall, This Week in College Football History takes a look back at some of college football’s landmark moments through
  • Published: Sep 13, 2005
Bernie Kish
Bernie Kish, who served as executive director of the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., from its opening in 1995 until last March, has left the National Football Foundation to accept
  • Published: Sep 09, 2005
Michael Munoz claimed the 2004 Draddy Trophy.
The National Football Foundation is now accepting nominations for its prestigious 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. This year an estimated total of 15 winners will be chosen from divisions of all
  • Published: Aug 26, 2005
National Football Foundation & College Hall Of Fame, INC.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is seeking official partners to help spread football advocacy and youth development. Official Partner Benefitso Association with the most p
  • Published: Aug 24, 2005
Dan Jenkins began his career reproducing stories on an old typewriter at age 11.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., August 23, 2005 – Chairman Jon F. Hanson and The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced today that celebrated sportswriter and bestselling novelist
  • Published: Aug 23, 2005
Ray Guy (44) became the first punter to ever be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The College Football Hall of Fame celebrated its 11th annual Enshrinement Festival on August 12-13 in South Bend, Ind. At the conclusion of the two-day event, the College Football Hall of Fame had pe
  • Published: Aug 17, 2005
Daniel Bazuin was CMU's player representative at the National Football Foundation Mid-Michigan Chapter Kickoff Luncheon.
BATH, Mich. - Coaches from each of Michigan’s five Division I-A football teams may disagree about who has the best program in the state, but they all concurred in their support of the National Footba
  • Published: Aug 08, 2005
The Pigskin Preview attracted close to 400 spectators on July 19.
Some of college sports most intense rivalries can annually be found on the campuses aligning North Carolina’s Tobacco Road. In fact, last year the University of North Carolina Tar Heels squeaked out
  • Published: Aug 04, 2005
As part of a new aggressive marketing approach, Archie Manning will spearhead an increased effort from the Foundation to reach out to corporate and private donors around the country.
MORRISTOWN, N.J, August 3, 2005 – Steven J. Hatchell, president of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced today that Archie Manning has been named as the organiz
  • Published: Aug 03, 2005
Play It Smart participants line up to help out
Forty-three student-athletes from South Bend’s Clay High School, who participate in the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart program, volunteered last month at the College Football Hall of Fa
  • Published: Aug 01, 2005
Lydell Mitchell effortlessly broke NCAA and school records at Penn State from 1969-71.
Sixteen players and four coaches will be officially enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on August 12-13 at the 11th annual Enshrinement Festival in South Bend. This year’s Enshrinement F
  • Published: Jul 29, 2005
Over the past 26 years, Tony Roberts earned a reputation as one of the best play-by-play announcers in the country.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that Notre Dame play-by-play legend Tony Roberts has been selected to receive the organization’s 2005 Chris Schenkel
  • Published: Jul 28, 2005
Jason Triggas earned the respect of his peers
Jason Triggas was not your average high school football player at Archbishop Mitty High School, in San Jose, Calif. He faced a unique challenge that few players confront -- being hearing impaired. Al
  • Published: Jul 26, 2005
Coach Smith rebuilt four programs over 25 years on the Division I-A level.
Larry Smith earned a reputation as a program builder throughout his illustrious 24-year coaching career in Division I-A. During stops at Tulane, Arizona, Southern California and Missouri, Smith garne
  • Published: Jul 22, 2005
Parker played guard and middle linebacker on the Buckeye's undefeated 1954 squad.
Jim Parker, an Ohio State legend and 1974 College Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on July 18 at the age of 71. The former Buckeye died from complications from diabetes. Remembered for his great ac
  • Published: Jul 20, 2005
Matthew Sign, the new NFF Chief Operating Officer
Steven J. Hatchell, President of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced today that Matthew Sign has joined the NFF as its new Chief Operating Officer. “Matthew i
  • Published: Jul 20, 2005
Pat Harmon receives the 2004 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award last August at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.
Jon F. Hanson, chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced today that Pat Harmon has retired as the NFF Historian. “Pat has dedicated himself to the repor
  • Published: Jul 18, 2005
Game director Jim Griffin (l.) and Chapter President and College of New Jersey Head Coach Eric Hamilton (r.) join West Windsor-Plainsboro North graduate and game MVP Jeff Torralba following the East's
The Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held their 9th annual Sunshine Classic High School All-Star game on June 30. The game, eagerly anticipated throughout Mercer County in
  • Published: Jul 13, 2005
The Reagan High School Bulldogs received new weightroom equipment thanks to the TD Club of Houston Chapter.
The National Football Foundation’s Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter recently completed their fourth year in the "Weight Room Refurbishment Program,” a program designed to help schools in the Greater
  • Published: Jul 07, 2005
Schools like New Brunswick High School in New Brunswick, NJ, have seen the program turn around fortunes both in the classroom and on the gridiron.
Ever since the Play It Smart program came to O.H. Platt High School in Meriden, Connecticut, I’ve witnessed a noticeable change in the climate of our school community. The student-athletes have learn
  • Published: Jul 01, 2005
Wilson participated in football, basketball and track at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi before entering the Marine Corps in 1941.
Gen. Louis H. Wilson, Congressional Medal of Honor winner and former commandant of the Marine Corps, passed away on June 21 at his home in Homewood, Alabama at the age of 85. The 38-year Marine veter
  • Published: Jun 28, 2005
Nate Lyles graduated from the Hubbard High School Play It Smart program before making his way to the University of Virginia.
At Hubbard High School in Chicago, Ill., there stands a big bulletin board located right outside the gymnasium. As you walk by it, one can’t help but stop and catch a glimpse. The board contains phot
  • Published: Jun 24, 2005
National Football Foundation & College Hall Of Fame, INC.
Al Vedder, a legendary high school football coach and co-founder of the Central New York (Syracuse) Chapter of the National Football Foundation, passed away on May 19, 2005, at the age of 75. Vedder
  • Published: Jun 21, 2005
Cutter earned distinguished recognition for his military service during World War II.
Captain Slade D. Cutter, one of the most celebrated alumni from the U.S. Naval Academy football lore, passed away on June 9. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Cutter died of heart failure, accordin
  • Published: Jun 15, 2005
Jon Hanson has been NFF Chairman since 1994.
Ron Johnson, Chairman-Elect of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced that Jon F. Hanson, long-time NFF Chairman, real estate and business leader, will be the 20
  • Published: Jun 08, 2005
James Banks McFadden, who played for Clemson from 1937-1939, recently passed away. A halfback for the Tigers, McFadden established a legacy that places him among the best ever to have played at Clemso
Hall of Famer James "Banks" McFadden, a three-year letter winner at Clemson in football, basketball, and track, died Saturday, June 4, 2005 at his daughter’s home in Ormond Beach, Florida. The 88 yea
  • Published: Jun 07, 2005
Cornelius Bennett (l.), Don Nehlen (c.) and Mark May are among 11 players and two coaches elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 18, 2005 – From the national ballot of 75 candidates and a pool of hundreds of eligible nominees, Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall
  • Published: May 17, 2005
Four players from the Houston Texans were among the numerous honorees at the Houston Football Dinner on April 27.
More than 600 people packed into the J.W. Marriott grand ballroom in Houston, Texas, on April 27 to kick off the first annual Houston Football Dinner. The Houston Touchdown Club Chapter of The Nation
  • Published: May 11, 2005
In three seasons at Pennsylvania, Skip Minisi accumulated 1,390 yards on only 248 carries while completing an astounding 56.7 percent of his passes.
Anthony “Skip” Minisi, a lawyer, football official and 1985 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, died Thursday, May 5 in Paoli, Pa. Born on September 18, 1926, he was 78 years old. A southpaw pass
  • Published: May 10, 2005
Gautt became Oklahoma's first black athlete, carrying the ball for Hall of Fame coach Bud Wilkinson.
, N.J., May 5, 2005 – Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced that the late Prentice Gautt has been selected to receive the 2005 Outsta
  • Published: May 05, 2005
Verle Sorgen has been the Pac-10's coordinator of officials for 20 years.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., May 3, 2005 – Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced that Michael Orlich and Verle Sorgen have been selected to rece
  • Published: May 03, 2005
Bob Ward co-captained the undefeated 1951 Maryland Terrapins team.
Bob Ward, an undersized lineman for the Maryland Terrapins from 1948-1951 and two-time first team All-America selection, died Friday in Annapolis, MD. He was 77. Known as the “watchcharm guard” durin
  • Published: May 02, 2005
Jack Lengyel served as athletics director at Navy for 13 years.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – April 26, 2005 – Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, announced today that Jack Lengyel has been selected to receive the 2005 John
  • Published: Apr 26, 2005
David Greene received the Florida Citrus Sports Award as an NFF Scholar-Athlete last December.
David Greene and Billy Bajema, both honored as 2004 National Scholar-Athletes by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) last December, were each selected over the weekend i
  • Published: Apr 25, 2005
Cliff
Clifford Earl “Monty” Montgomery, a World War II hero and 1963 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, died Thursday in New York. Born on September 17, 1910, he was 94 years old. A celebrated quarter
  • Published: Apr 22, 2005
Frosty Westering won 305 games in his 40-year coaching career.
MORRISTOWN, NJ, April 21, 2005 – Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), announced the Divisional Hall of Fame Class for 2005, which includes pla
  • Published: Apr 21, 2005
Barney Poole earned All-America honors three times at two different schools.
George Barney Poole, a former three-time All-America end and 1974 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, died Tuesday in Mississippi. He was 81 years old. Taking advantage of eligibility policies du
  • Published: Apr 13, 2005
Rick Knapp, Touchdown Club Executive Director, stands to the left of Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops, who accepted the NFF Oklahoma Chapter's Merv Johnson Integrity in Coaching Award on April 13.
In an effort to generate new enthusiasm for amateur football in the state of Oklahoma, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Oklahoma Chapter announced that the chapter ha
  • Published: Apr 04, 2005
Gautt played for the Sooners from 1957-59, leading them to a 27-5 record while twice being named All-Big Eight running back.
Prentice Gautt, a Sooner legend and a leading intercollegiate athletics administrator, died suddenly on March 17, 2005 of flu-like symptoms. Gautt, 67, began his athletics career as a pioneer in brea
  • Published: Mar 31, 2005
“Golden Dozen” scholar-athletes
Ensuring that the best and the brightest of the Rhode Island gridiron receive the appropriate recognition, The Rhode Island Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame will
  • Published: Mar 18, 2005
Sculptor Jerry McKenna worked for close to one year on the Knute Rockne statute that sits prominently on display at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend.
A larger-than-life-sized sculpture of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne was unveiled outside the College Football Hall of Fame on March 19 in conjunction with the 74th anniversary of R
  • Published: Mar 18, 2005
Glenn Davis was a 1961 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Army legend Glenn Davis, a 1961 College Football Hall of Fame inductee and winner of the 1946 Heisman Trophy, died in La Quinta, California, on Wednesday, March 9, after a bout with prostate cancer.
  • Published: Mar 10, 2005
Robert F. Casciola
As a key player in bringing the Garden State Bowl and the Kickoff Classic to the Meadowlands Sports Complex, Bob Casciola earned a reputation in Northern New Jersey as a man of leadership, enthusiasm
  • Published: Mar 02, 2005
Play It Smart students from New Brunswick High School and academic coach Laurie Lazovick pose with Giants Cornerback Will Allen (fifth from right) following his speech.
Capitalizing on a unique opportunity to learn about careers in professional sports, more than 100 Play It Smart student-athletes from five New Jersey high schools attended the third annual Play It Sm
  • Published: Feb 28, 2005
Rick Walls
MORRISTOWN, NJ – February 18, 2005 – Jon F. Hanson, Chairman of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc. (NFF), announced today that Rick Walls, current NFF director of opera
  • Published: Feb 18, 2005
Leaders from the Pasadena/ San Gabriel Chapter will honor 20 distinguished scholar-athletes on March 7.
Twenty of the top graduating high school football scholar-athletes from the San Gabriel Valley area will be honored on by the Pasadena/ San Gabriel Chapter of the The National Football Foundation &am
  • Published: Feb 16, 2005
The New England Patriots' Mike Vrabel starred at Ohio State after being named a scholar-athlete by the NFF's Northeastern Ohio Chapter. (photo courtesy of the Ohio State University)
The linebacker duo of Mike Vrabel and Rosevelt Colvin helped the New England Patriots to a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. But the pair of Patriots defenders has more
  • Published: Feb 10, 2005
Crowds like this one at Purdue University's Ross-Ade Stadium averaged more than 45,000 for Division I-A football games last season.
The 612 NCAA teams attracted 43,105,548 fans in 2004, down slightly from last year's all-time high of 46,114,539. The strong attendance figures occurred despite the fact that 2004 was not a 12-game y
  • Published: Feb 04, 2005
Dave Davis began his volunteer work with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association in 1967.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., Jan. 27 – David M. Davis, president of the 2005 Tournament of Roses and chairman of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Football Committee for the January 4, 2006 BCS National Champion
  • Published: Jan 27, 2005
Coach Corby Meekins (l.) and Andre Sexton (r.) were two of the award winners at the Touchdown Club of Houston NFF Chapter Banquet in December.
The state of amateur football in Houston received a strong shot in the arm last fall as the local chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) merged with the Touchdow
  • Published: Jan 20, 2005
Play It Smart strives to harness the desire for athletes to learn on the playing field and apply it in classroom and community settings.
Educational accountability and closing the achievement gap for students in under-resourced communities played a central role during the creation of the Play It Smart program in 1998. The National Foo
  • Published: Jan 14, 2005
2005 National Championship Coaches
LOUISVILLE, KY – January 10, 2005 – In front of over 1,500 coaches at the American Football Coaches Association Annual Convention, Bob Casciola, outgoing president of The National Football Foundation
  • Published: Jan 07, 2005
Northern Illinois QB Josh Haldi scored two touchdowns in the Huskies 34-21 Silicon Valley Football Classic victory over Troy.
Seven of the eight National Football Foundation Division I-A National Scholar-Athlete award winners saw action in bowl games over the past two weeks. The eighth, Draddy Award winner Michael Munoz, is
  • Published: Jan 06, 2005
The University of Southern California takes home this year's MacArthur Trophy, given to the nation's national champion since 1959.
The USC Trojans captured The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame’s MacArthur Trophy today as their prize for decisively beating the Oklahoma Sooners, 55-19, yesterday in
  • Published: Jan 05, 2005

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