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NFF Chapter Network Celebrates Record Breaking Year, Distributes More Than $1 Million in Scholarships in 2015
A cornerstone of the NFF’s mission to build leaders through football, the chapter network distributes more money, stages more events and receives more support than ever before.
Published: 8/26/2015 11:15:00 AM
(Pictured: The NFF announced that its chapter network distributed more than $1 million dollars in scholarships during a record-breaking 2015 award banquet season. Above, the NFF Minnesota Chapter honored 10 outstanding high school scholar-athletes and distributed $20,000 in scholarships at its 2015 Awards Banquet, presented by the Minnesota Vikings.)

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 26, 2015)
 - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that its chapter network distributed more than $1 million in scholarships during a record-breaking 2015 award banquet season, which runs from January to July. Covering more than 47 states, 5,000 high schools and 500,000 student-athletes, the NFF chapters selected 3,500 football players, who on average boasted a 3.7 GPA, for recognition as the best and brightest for their combined excellence on the gridiron, in the classroom and as leaders in the community.

NFF chapter banquets by the numbers:
  • Network launched in 1959
  • More than $1 million distributed in 2015
  • 3,500 high school student-athletes honored in 2015
  • 34 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches in attendance in 2015
  • 44 Divisional head coaches in attendance in 2015
  • 50 Members of the College Football Hall of Fame in attendance in 2015
  • 16 College Directors of Athletics in attendance in 2015
  • More than 35,000 in attendance
  • 47 states and 120 chapters

“The NFF Chapter Network awards season continues to provide us with a chance to honor our nation’s brightest student-athletes while paying tribute to football’s unique ability to mold them into our next generation of leaders,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Our grassroots network has never been stronger, and that is due to the extraordinary passion of the individuals who lead our efforts. They deserve huge praise for helping to promote an amazing group of student-athletes who compete with the same competitive fire on the field as they do in the classroom."

The NFF Chapter Network, spread across 120 outposts in 47 states, serves as the pulse of a nationwide effort to encourage leadership, sportsmanship and academic excellence among young football players. Each year the chapters collectively stage more than 1,000 events, including coaching clinics, all-star games, leadership conferences, college nights and more than 100 scholar-athlete banquets. The first chapters began operation in 1959, and the network continues to expand behind the leadership of individuals with a passion for the NFF’s mission of Building Leaders Through Football.

Annually drawing more than 35,000 people, the NFF banquets serve as an important milestone for the honorees as they claim a portion of $1 million in scholarships to further their educations. The all-time amount raised and disbursed by the chapters reached the $19 million mark in 2014. Coupled with the all-time amount of $10.7 million disbursed from the national headquarters through the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program, the NFF has distributed $29.7 million since its inception in 1947.

“The importance of the NFF Chapter Network cannot be overstated,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “The passion of our chapter members is stronger than ever and ensures that the game of football remains in the forefront of inspiring leadership, academic performance and community service. The support we receive each season continues to expand, and we sincerely appreciate everyone who supports the NFF and our mission.”

The NFF would like to thank the following individuals for attending and supporting the NFF Chapter Network this year, including the following (with the chapters in parentheses):

Head Coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision Ranks:

  • Steve Addazio, Boston College (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Gary Andersen, Oregon State University (Portland [Ore.])
  • Blake Anderson, Arkansas State University (Arkansas)
  • David Beaty, University of Kansas (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Tim Beckman, University of Illinois (Chicago Metro)
  • Bret Bielema, University of Arkansas (Arkansas)
  • Mike Bobo, Colorado State University (Colorado)
  • Craig Bohl, University of Wyoming (Wyoming)
  • Art Briles, Baylor University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Matt Campbell, University of Toledo (Toledo [Ohio])
  • David Cutcliffe, Duke University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Dave Doeren, North Carolina State University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Sonny Dykes, University of California (Sacramento Valley [Calif.])
  • Larry Fedora, University of North Carolina (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University (Chicago Metro)
  • James Franklin, Pennsylvania State University (Central Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Justin Fuente, University of Memphis (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Todd Graham, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Darrell Hazell, Purdue University (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Tom Herman, University of Houston (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Butch Jones, University of Tennessee (East Tennessee)
  • Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota (Minnesota)
  • Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech University (Texas Tech)
  • Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Chad Morris, Southern Methodist University (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Mark Richt, University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Rich Rodriguez, University of Arizona (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Bill Snyder, Kansas State University (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Dabo Swinney, Clemson University (Piccolo/Ft. Lauderdale [Fla.])
  • Tommy Tuberville, University of Cincinnati (Greater Cincinnati)
  • Matt Wells, Utah State University (Utah)
  • Mark Whipple, University of Massachusetts (Western Massachusetts)
  • Kyle Whittingham, University of Utah (Utah)

Head Coaches from the Divisional Ranks:

  • Jay Accorsi, Rowan University [N.J.] (South Jersey)
  • Bob Bartolomeo, University of Indianapolis [Ind.] (Central Indiana)
  • Watson Brown, Tennessee Tech University (Middle Tennessee)
  • Keith Buckley, Pacific University [Ore.] (Portland [Ore.])
  • Steve Campbell, University of Central Arkansas (Arkansas)
  • Colby Carthel, Texas A&M University-Commerce (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Chris Casey, George Fox University [Ore.] (Portland [Ore.])
  • Paul Castonia, Plymouth State University [N.H.] (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Jack Cosgrove, University of Maine (State of Maine)
  • Loren Dawson, Austin College [Texas] (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Mike DeLong, Springfield College [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Dennis Dunn, Louisiana College (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • Joshua Eargle, East Texas Baptist University (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Keith Emery, Western New England University [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Phil Estes, Brown University (DiNitto/Rhode Island)
  • Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State University (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • Rich Giancola, Montclair State University [N.J.] (Essex County [N.J].)
  • Tom Gilmore, College of the Holy Cross (Western Massachusetts)
  • Dan Gritti, Rhodes College [Tenn.] (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Danny Hale, Bloomsburg University [Pa.] (Central Pennsylvania)
  • Mark Harriman, Bates College [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • Jay Hopson, Alcorn State University (Miss-Lou)
  • Ted Karras, Walsh University [Ohio] (Chicago Metro)
  • Larry Kinbom, Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.] (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Pete Kowalski, Westfield State University [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Jimmye Laycock, College of William and Mary (National Capital [D.C.])
  • Jerry Mack, North Carolina Central University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Jim Margraff, Johns Hopkins University [Md.] (Greater Baltimore)
  • Bill Maskill, Midwestern State University [Texas] (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Sean McDonnell, University of New Hampshire (Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Chris McKenney, Maine Maritime Academy (State of Maine)
  • Jon Michaeles, Colby College [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • E.J. Mills, Amherst College [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Gabby Price, Husson University [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • Bob Ritter, Middlebury College [Vt.] (Vermont)
  • Pete Rossomondo, Central Connecticut State University (Fairfield [Conn.])
  • Rich Skrosky, Elon University (Corrigan-Faircloth [N.C.])
  • Brock Spack, Illinois State University (Chicago Metro)
  • Bob Surace, Princeton University (Delaware Valley [N.J.])
  • Andy Talley, Villanova University (Philadelphia)
  • Jay Thomas, Northwestern State University (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • Mike Welch, Ithaca College [N.Y.] (Central New York, New York City)
  • J.B. Wells, Bowdoin College [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • Art Wilkins, American International College [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)

Members of the College Football Hall of Fame addressing or attending events included:

  • Donny Anderson, Texas Tech University (Texas Tech)
  • Otis Armstrong, Purdue University (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Chris Bisaillon, Illinois Wesleyan University (Chicago Metro)
  • Murry Bowden, Dartmouth College (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Bob Breunig, Arizona State University (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas, Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Dave Casper, University of Notre Dame (Minnesota)
  • Coach Jim Christopherson, Concordia College [Minn.] (Minnesota)
  • Ty Detmer, Brigham Young University (Greater Austin)
  • Coach Jim Donnan, Marshall University, University of Georgia (Arkansas)
  • Coach Vince Dooley, University of Georgia (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Mike Favor, North Dakota State University (Minnesota)
  • Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University (Chicago Metro)
  • Coach John Gagliardi, Carroll College [Mont.], St. John’s University [Minn.] (Minnesota)
  • Bob Griese, Purdue University (University of Georgia)
  • Archie Griffin, Ohio State University (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Chad Hennings, United States Air Force Academy (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • John Huard, University of Maine (State of Maine)
  • John Huarte, University of Notre Dame (Los Angeles)
  • Ricky Hunley, University of Arizona (Southern Arizona)
  • Leroy Keyes, Purdue University (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Coach Frank Kush, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Roosevelt Leaks, University of Texas (Greater Austin)
  • D.D. Lewis, Mississippi State University (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Coach Bill Manlove, Widener University [Pa.] (Philadelphia, South Jersey)
  • Archie Manning, University of Mississippi (Allstate Sugar Bowl)
  • Coach Fred Martinelli, Ashland University [Ohio] (Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Mark May, University of Pittsburgh (Arkansas)
  • Don McCauley, University of North Carolina (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley/Triangle [N.C.])
  • Randall McDaniel, Arizona State University (Minnesota)
  • Richard McGeorge, Elon University (Corrigan-Faircloth [N.C.], NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Steve McMichael, University of Texas (Chicago Metro)
  • Don McPherson, Syracuse University (New York City)
  • Coach Jerry Moore, University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Appalachian State University (East Tennessee)
  • Greg Myers, Colorado State University (Colorado)
  • Coach Tom Osborne, University of Nebraska (Nebraska)
  • Ron Pritchard, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Coach John Ralston, Utah State University, Stanford University, San Jose State University (Northern California)
  • Johnny Roland, University of Missouri (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Jeff Siemon, Stanford University (Minnesota)
  • Mike Singletary, Baylor University (Arkansas)
  • Coach Bill Snyder, Kansas State University (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Coach Barry Switzer, University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
  • Fran Tarkenton, University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Scott Thomas, United States Air Force Academy (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Coach Jim Tressel, Youngstown State University, Ohio State University (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Don Trull, Baylor University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Gene Washington, Michigan State University (Minnesota)
  • Joe Washington, University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
  • Danny White, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Paul Wiggin, Stanford University (Minnesota)

NFF National Scholar-Athletes attending or speaking at events included:

  • Brian Baschnagel, Ohio State University-1975 (Chicago Metro)
  • Dave Casper, University of Notre Dame-1973 (Minnesota)
  • Paul Choquette, Brown University-1959 (DiNitto/Rhode Island)
  • Dave Foley, Ohio State University-1968 (Springfield [Ohio])
  • Tom Gilmore, University of Pennsylvania-1985 (Western Massachusetts)
  • Mitchell Glieber, Southern Methodist University-1989 (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Brian Griese, University of Michigan-1997 (University of Georgia)
  • Jeff Hartings, Pennsylvania State University-1995 (Central Pennsylvania)
  • Austin Hasquet, Northern Arizona University-2014 (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • David Helton, Duke University-2014 (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • John “J.J.” Jackson, University of Southern California-1989 (Pasadena/San Gabriel [Calif.])
  • Taylor Kelly, Arizona State University-2014 (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech University-2002 (Texas Tech)
  • George Kunz, University of Notre Dame-1968 (Los Angeles)
  • Oliver Luck, West Virginia University-1981 (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio, Southern Indiana)
  • Charles Moore, Tarleton State University [Texas]-2014 (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Mark Murphy, Indiana University-2014 (Southern Indiana)
  • Wally Richardson, Pennsylvania State University-1996 (Central Pennsylvania)
  • Dr. Archie Roberts, Columbia University-1964 (Western Massachusetts)
  • John Scovell, Texas Tech University-1967 (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Robert Stein, University of Minnesota-1968 (Minnesota)
  • Don Trull, Baylor University-1963 (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • John Wendling, University of Wyoming-2006 (Wyoming)

Members of the NFF Board of Directors attending or speaking at events included:

  • Murry Bowden, College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Dartmouth College and Chairman & CEO of the Hanover Company (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma director of athletics and 2013 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient (Oklahoma)
  • Mike Cleary, NFF Director Emeritus and former NACDA executive director (Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Dave Davis, Gamble Jones Investment Counsel principal (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.])
  • Jack Ford, former Yale football player and current television broadcaster (New York City)
  • Archie Griffin, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and current Ohio State University senior vice president for alumni relations (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Steve Hatchell, NFF President & CEO (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas, New York City)
  • Richard Jackson, Richard W. Jackson, an Accountancy Corporation (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.])
  • Robert Kraft, Owner of the New England Patriots (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Jack Lengyel, Former athletics director and head coach (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Archie Manning, NFF Chairman (Allstate Sugar Bowl)
  • Bob Mulcahy, NFF Director Emeritus, former Rutgers University athletics director and 2010 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient (Greater Morris County [N.J.])
  • Chris Plonsky, University of Texas Women’s Athletics Director (Greater Austin)
  • Bob Vecchione, NACDA executive director (Cleary/Northeast Ohio)

Other keynote speakers and VIP attendees included:

  • Ernie Accorsi, former New York Giants General Manager (New York City)
  • Dewayne Alexander, Tennessee Tech University assistant head coach (Middle Tennessee)
  • Charlotte Jones Anderson, Dallas Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer (Arkansas)
  • David Andrews, University of Georgia center (University of Georgia)
  • Shawn Andrews, former University of Arkansas All-America offensive lineman (Arkansas)
  • Matt Asiata, former University of Utah and current Minnesota Vikings running back (Utah)
  • Tommy Bain, Past Chairman of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and Chairman of the Stadium Events Organizing Committee that organized the inaugural CFP National Championship in January (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Rick Baker, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association President & CEO (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Troy Baker, 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist from Baylor University (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Brad Bates, Boston College Athletics Director (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Tom Bell, Westfield State University [Mass.] assistant coach and former head football coach at Plymouth State University [N.H.], the University of New Haven [Conn.], the United States Coast Guard Academy [Conn.] and Macalester College [Minn.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Karl Benson, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Ross Bjork, University of Mississippi Athletics Director (Ole Miss)
  • Don Bocchi, Arizona State University Senior Associate Athletics Director (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Terry Brennan, former University of Notre Dame halfback and head football coach (Moose Krause [Ind.])
  • Teddy Bridgewater, former University of Louisville and current Minnesota Vikings quarterback (Minnesota)
  • Ricky Brown, former University of Texas fullback (Greater Austin)
  • Terrell Buckley, University of Louisville Defensive Backs Coach and 1991 Jim Thorpe Award recipient from Florida State University (Oklahoma)
  • Carl Buergler, former Purdue University quarterback and current Jimmy Johns Chief Operating Officer (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Bob Burda, Big 12 Conference Associate Commissioner for Communications (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Morgan Burke, Purdue University athletics director (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Scott Carter, Senior Associate Athletics Director and former fullback at East Tennessee State University (Mountain Empire [Tenn.])
  • Bob Casciola, former National Football Foundation president (Delaware Valley [N.J.])
  • Brad E. Cheves, Vice President for Development and External Affairs at Southern Methodist University (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas) 
  • Rich Chinen, 2014 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.]
  • David Cobb, University of Minnesota running back (Minnesota)
  • Justin Coleman, former University of Nebraska at Kearney quarterback (Nebraska)
  • Chris Conley, 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist from the University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Lee Corso, ESPN College GameDay analyst, former head football coach at Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois and football player at Florida State University (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Billy Crocker, Villanova University defensive coordinator (Southeast Connecticut)
  • John Currie, Kansas State University athletics director (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Gene Deckerhoff, 2013 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient and Florida State radio broadcaster (East Tennessee)
  • Kevin Demoff, St. Louis Rams Executive Vice President of Football Operations & COO (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Darqueze Dennard, 2013 Jim Thorpe Award recipient from Michigan State and current Cincinnati Bengals cornerback (Oklahoma)
  • Tony Dick, Cleveland Browns Manager of Alumni Relations (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • DeLoss Dodds, 2006 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and former University of Texas Athletics Director (Greater Austin)
  • Bill Dooley, former University of North Carolina head coach (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Gail-David Dupree, Chief Security Officer for the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Max Falkenstein, former Voice of the Kansas Jayhawks and 1998 NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
  • D’Marco Farr, ESPN St. Louis radio broadcaster and former University of Washington and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams defensive tackle (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Luke Fickell, Ohio State University defensive coordinator and linebackers coach (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Joseph A. Garcia, Colorado Lieutenant Governor (Colorado)
  • Leighton Gasque, Middle Tennessee State University linebacker and 2014 Campbell Trophy semifinalist (Middle Tennessee)
  • Tyson Gentry, former Ohio State University wide receiver (Columbus [Ohio])
  • John Gibbons, United States Marshal and former American International College [Mass.] running back (Western Massachusetts)
  • Chad Greenway, former University of Iowa and current Minnesota Vikings linebacker (Minnesota)
  • Everson Griffen, former University of Southern California and current Minnesota Vikings defensive end (Minnesota)
  • Adam Griggs, Bentley University (Mass.) Wide Receiver Coach and Special Teams Coordinator (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Walt Hameline, current athletics director and former head football coach at Wagner College (New York City)
  • Eric Hamilton, former head coach at The College of New Jersey (Delaware Valley [N.J.], South Jersey)
  • Jim Hanifan, former University of California wide receiver and Atlanta Falcons and St. Louis Cardinals head coach (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Rick Hart, Southern Methodist University director of athletics (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Phil Haughey, former Harvard University football player (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Mark Hessert, East Carolina University Pirate Club Associate Executive Director (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Anthoney Hill,  Colorado State University Director of Player Development and Alumni/Community Relations and former Colorado State quarterback (Colorado) 
  • J.D. Hill, former Arizona State University and NFL wide receiver (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Marcus Hilliard, Assistant Director of Iron Dukes Varsity Club at Duke University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Marty Hlay, former Pennsylvania State University football player (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Russ Hochstein, former University of Nebraska and NFL offensive lineman (Nebraska)
  • Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech University director of athletics (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas, Texas Tech)
  • Gerod Holliman, 2014 Jim Thorpe Award recipient from the University of Louisville (Oklahoma)
  • Mark Holtzman, New Era Pinstripe Bowl Executive Director and New York Yankees Executive Director for Non-Baseball Events (New York City)
  • Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl Chief Executive Officer (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Marc Hudak, former Ithaca College (N.Y.) All-American offensive lineman (New York City)
  • Michael Irvin, former University of Miami and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver (Arkansas)
  • Raghib Ismail, former University of Notre Dame All-America wide receiver (Arkansas)
  • Ray Jackson, Denver Broncos Director of Player Development and former Colorado State University defensive back (Colorado)
  • Stanley Jackson, former Ohio State University quarterback (Springfield [Ohio])
  • Malcolm Jenkins, 2008 Jim Thorpe Award recipient from Ohio State University and current Philadelphia Eagles safety (Oklahoma)
  • Freeman Johns, Big 12 Conference side judge who worked inaugural CFP National Championship in January (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Carl Johnson, former University of Nebraska offensive lineman (Nebraska)
  • Merv Johnson, University of Oklahoma director of football operations (Oklahoma)
  • Jeff Joniak, Chicago Bears radio personality (Chicago Metro)
  • Randy Karraker, ESPN St. Louis radio broadcaster (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Ryan Keiser, Pennsylvania State University safety (Central Pennsylvania)
  • Dan Kendra Jr., former West Virginia University quarterback (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Dan Koppen, former Boston College and NFL center (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Jack Laborde, former Sugar Bowl Committee president and former Tulane University football player (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Todd Lamb, Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
  • Bill Landen, Wyoming State Senator (Wyoming)
  • Reggie Langhorne, former Elizabeth City State University (N.C.) and NFL wide receiver (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Spencer Larsen, former University of Arizona and NFL linebacker (Southern Arizona)
  • Marcus Lattimore, former University of South Carolina running back (Midlands [S.C.])
  • Dan Lauria, “Wonder Years” and “Lombardi” actor and former Southern Connecticut State University football player (Casey/O’Brien New Haven [Conn.])
  • John Law, former Rutgers University football player (Delaware Valley [N.J.])
  • Cyril Lemon, University of North Texas offensive lineman (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Leo Lewis III, the son of the late College Football Hall of Famer Leo Lewis II [Lincoln (Mo.)] (Minnesota)
  • Bill Little, longtime University of Texas sports information director (Greater Austin)
  • Dave Logan, former University of Colorado wide receiver and current Denver Broncos radio broadcaster (Colorado)
  • Jeff Long, University of Arkansas athletics director and Chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee (Arkansas)
  • Carroll Lowenstein, former Harvard University football player (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Dino Lucarelli, longtime Cleveland Browns publicity, media and alumni relations representative (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Mike Mandelko, former University of Nebraska offensive lineman (Nebraska)
  • Bradley Marquez, 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist from Texas Tech University (Texas Tech)
  • Cody Matthews, Tennessee Tech University wide receiver (Middle Tennessee)
  • Mike Matthiesen, 2015 President of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.])
  • Jay McAuley, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Vice Chairman and President of Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • George McCaskey, Chicago Bears chairman (Chicago Metro)
  • Jack McDonald, University of New England [Maine] director of athletics (State of Maine)
  • Kevin McDonald, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl executive director (Southern Idaho)
  • Greg McGarity, University of Georgia director of athletics (University of Georgia)
  • James McLaughlin, 2014 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete and current Georgetown University wide receiver (National Capital [D.C.])
  • David McWilliams, former University of Texas head football coach and 2013 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient (Greater Austin)
  • Tim Millis, 2009 NFF Outstanding Football Official Award recipient and former referee and executive director of the NFL Referees Association (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Fred Mitchell, author and Chicago Tribune journalist  and former Wittenberg [Ohio] kicker (Chicago Metro)
  • Lt. General Glen W. Moorhead III, retired Air Force officer and former United States Air Force Academy football player (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Bill Moos, Washington State University athletics director (Clark County [Wash.])
  • Anthony Muñoz, former University of Southern California and Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle and father of 2004 Campbell Trophy winner Michael Muñoz from Tennessee (Greater Cincinnati)
  • Patrick Murray, former Fordham University and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker (Chicago Metro)
  • Scott Murray, Dallas sports personality (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Daniel P. Novakov, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association Chairman and former University of Notre Dame offensive lineman (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Bob Novogratz, former U.S. Military Academy All-American (National Capital [D.C.])
  • Dari Nowkhah, ESPN and SEC Network anchor (Arkansas)
  • Thomas Obarski, 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist from Concordia University-St. Paul [Minn.] (Minnesota)
  • Will Oliver, 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist from the University of Colorado (Colorado)
  • Ed Orgeron, LSU defensive line coach (Arkansas)
  • Kyle Orton, former Purdue University and NFL quarterback (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Joe Parker, Colorado State University director of athletics (Colorado)
  • John R. Parker, Jr., Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Coca-Cola Enterprises (University of Georgia)
  • Tim Priest, former University of Tennessee defensive back and color analyst for the Vol Network (East Tennessee)
  • Steve Pritko, former Villanova University and NFL football player (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Erin Quinn, Middlebury College (Vt.) director of athletics (Vermont)
  • David Ralston, Georgia House of Representatives speaker (University of Georgia)
  • Errict Rhett, former University of Florida running back (Piccolo/Ft. Lauderdale [Fla.])
  • Howard Richards, former University of Missouri offensive lineman and current Tigers radio analyst (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Steve Richardson, Executive Director of the Football Writers Association of America (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Vince Rogusky, former Lehigh University tight end (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Randy Ross, Southern Methodist University Director of Football Operations (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Yogi Roth, Pac-12 Networks analyst and former University of Pittsburgh wide receiver (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.])
  • Barrett Ruud, former University of Nebraska and NFL linebacker (Nebraska)
  • Mark Sanchez, former University of Southern California quarterback (Orange County [Calif.])
  • Steve Savard, the Voice of the St. Louis Rams (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Pete Schenkel, former chairman of the State Fair of Texas (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Brandon Schnittker, former Ohio State University running back (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Dupree Scovell, former Texas Tech University wide receiver (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Field Scovell, former Texas Tech University wide receiver (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas, Texas Tech)
  • King Scovell, former Texas Tech University wide receiver (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • George Seifert, former University of Utah linebacker and two-time Super Bowl Champion coach (Utah)
  • Andrew Sendejo, former Rice University and current Minnesota Vikings safety (Minnesota)
  • Mickey Slaughter, former Louisiana Tech University quarterback and assistant coach (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • John Smith, former East Stroudsburg University [Pa.] football player (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • Loran Smith, The Georgia Bulldog Club (University of Georgia)
  • Lyle Smith, former Boise State University head football coach (Southern Idaho)
  • Troy Smith, 2006 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Ohio State University (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Les Snead, St. Louis Rams General Manager (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Mark Speckman, former Willamette University [Ore.] head coach (Portland [Ore.])
  • Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager (Minnesota)
  • Phil Steele, noted sportswriter and author of the popular “Phil Steele’s College Football Preview” (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Barbara Stephens-Foster, sister of the late College Football Hall of Famer Sandy Stephens [Minnesota] (Minnesota)
  • John Stephenson, College Football Hall of Fame President & CEO (University of Georgia)
  • Ed Stewart, Big 12 Conference Senior Associate Commissioner for Football and former University of Nebraska All-America linebacker (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Dr. Steve Stice, D.W. Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Jay Stricherz, former 35-year Pac-12 referee (Tacoma Pierce County [Wash.])
  • Jared Tevis, 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist from the University of Arizona (Southern Arizona)
  • Joe Tiller, former University of Wyoming and Purdue University head coach (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Joe Tripodi, Northern Illinois University offensive line coach (Chicago Metro)
  • Howie Vandersea, NFF Northeast Regional Coordinator and former Bowdoin College (Maine) head coach (State of Maine, Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Mark van Eeghen, former Colgate University and NFL running back (DiNitto/Rhode Island)
  • Brian VanGorder, University of Notre Dame defensive coordinator (Moose Krause [Ind.])
  • Tim Van Galder, former Iowa State University and St. Louis Cardinals quarterback (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Judge Dennis Waldron, immediate past President of the Sugar Bowl Committee (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Dave Wannstedt, FOX Sports 1 college football analyst and former Pittsburgh and NFL head coach (Arkansas)
  • Craig Way, University of Texas play-by-play broadcaster (Greater Austin)
  • Zach Werlinger, University of Arizona quarterback and 2014 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete (Southern Arizona)
  • Rob Whalen, Heisman Trophy Executive Director (New York City)
  • Laura Whitaker, Executive Director of Extra Special People, Inc. (University of Georgia)
  • Alan B. White, Chairman of PlainsCapital Bank (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Alfred White, Conference USA Senior Associate Commissioner (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Jason White, 2003 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oklahoma (Oklahoma)
  • Carey Wicker, President of the Sugar Bowl Committee (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Gregg Williams, St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Barry Wilmore, NASA Astronaut, current commander of the International Space Station and former Tennessee Tech linebacker (Middle Tennessee)
  • John Wooldridge, Columbus Chapter president and former Ohio State University running back (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Dr. Sheahon Zenger, University of Kansas athletics director (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Mike Zeuli, Princeton University linebacker and 2014 Bushnell Cup recipient as the Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Year (Delaware Valley [N.J.])

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, SKP, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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