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ESPN3 to Carry National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference
ESPN’s Joe Tessitore will emcee the 60th annual dinner Dec. 5, which will feature the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the presentation of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy®.
Published: 11/27/2017 12:30:00 PM

IRVING, Texas (Nov. 27, 2017) The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that ESPN3 will livestream the two main events associated with the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Dec. 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown.

Viewers will be able to watch the morning press conference by clicking here from 9 a.m. to Noon ET, and then from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET fans can view the NFF Annual Awards Dinner by clicking here, which includes the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards. See below for a detailed timeline of events and the honorees.

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ESPN sports broadcaster Joe Tessitore will emcee the dinner ceremony while ESPN reporter and play-by-play commentator Holly Rowe will moderate the morning press conference. Both events are being produced by BMG Productions under the direction of George Sechrist. The honorees include:

The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class
: Bob Crable (Notre Dame), Marshall Faulk (San Diego State), Kirk Gibson (Michigan State), Matt Leinart (Southern California), Peyton Manning (Tennessee), Bob McKay (Texas), Dat Nguyen (Texas A&M), Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern), Mike Ruth (Boston College), Brian Urlacher (New Mexico) and coaches Danny Ford (Clemson, Arkansas), Larry Kehres (Mount Union [Ohio]) and Steve Spurrier (Duke, Florida, South Carolina).

The 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy
® Finalists, Presented by Fidelity Investments: Sam Benger (Carnegie Mellon [Pa.]), Braxton Berrios (Miami [Fla.]), Mason Hampton (Boise State), Justin Jackson (Northwestern), Micah Kiser (Virginia), Justin Lea (Jacksonville State), Brad Lundblade (Oklahoma State), Marcus Martin (Slippery Rock [Pa.]), Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State), Blaise Taylor (Arkansas State), Marlon Walls (Stephen F. Austin), Chris Weber (Nebraska) and Jake Wieneke (South Dakota State).

The 2017 NFF Major Award Recipients
: UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration) and the Voice of the UTEP Miners Jon Teicher (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting).


60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Timeline:
(All Times Eastern and Approximate)

8:30 p.m. – Welcome by ESPN broadcaster and dinner emcee Joe Tessitore 
8:32 p.m. – The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments
8:40 p.m. – The 28th William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments
8:57 p.m. – Highlighting the NFF’s Football Matters® campaign
9:00 p.m. – Recognition of NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Jon Teicher
9:03 p.m. – Recognition of NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Dan Guerrero
9:06 p.m. – Celebrating the NFF’s 70th Anniversary with NFF Vice Chairman Jack Ford
9:12 p.m. – Introduction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Coaches by NFF Board Member and Hall of Fame inductee Archie Griffin
9:18 p.m. – Response on behalf of the 2017 Hall of Fame Coaches by Steve Spurrier
9:21 p.m. – Introduction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Players by Griffin
9:37 p.m. – Response on behalf of the 2017 Hall of Fame Players by Peyton Manning
9:40 p.m. – Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony by NFF Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Archie Manning
9:45 p.m. – Closing remarks and God Bless America


NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Timeline:
(All Times Eastern)
9:00 a.m. – Welcome from moderator and ESPN reporter Holly Rowe
9:03 a.m. – Remarks from NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell
9:08 a.m. – Announcement of the 2017 MEAC Players of the Year
9:26 a.m. – Announcement of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy recipient
9:37 a.m. – Announcement of 2017 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists
9:45 a.m. – 2017 NFF Major Award recipients
10:00 a.m. – 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class
11:15 a.m. – 2017 Campbell Trophy® finalists, presented by Fidelity Investments


Sponsors for the day’s events include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, iSix, New York Athletic Club, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker, the SportsBusiness Journal, Sports Manias, Sports Systems, Under Armour, UPS, VICIS and XOS Digital.


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 Football Matters®, 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 Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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