National Football Foundation

News Detail

Replays of 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference Available on ESPN3
Digital version of the NFF Dinner Program also available for fans interested in learning more about the night’s honorees as well as the history of the game and the NFF.
Published: 12/14/2017 11:00:00 AM

IRVING, Texas (Dec. 14, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that ESPN3 is providing fans access to replays of the historic 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner and Annual Awards Press Conference, which took place on Dec. 5 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. The NFF has also posted a digital version of the NFF Dinner Program, a 216-page book produced in partnership with IMG College that profiles the event’s honorees and provides an in-depth look at the NFF and its history.

Click here to watch a replay of the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on ESPN3.

Click here to watch a replay of the NFF Annual Awards Press Conference on ESPN3.

Click here to view a digital version of the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner program.

Nationally acclaimed ESPN broadcaster Joe Tessitore emceed the dinner ceremony while ESPN reporter and play-by-play commentator Holly Rowe moderated the morning press conference. The Dinner featured memorable speeches from 2017 College Football Hall of Fame inductees Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier and William V. Campbell Trophy® winner Micah Kiser (Virginia).

Presenters and speakers at the events included NFF Chairman Archie Manning, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and NFF Board Members Jerry Jones, Jack Ford, Archie Griffin, Jon F. Hanson, and Kathleen Murphy. Award winning tenor Daniel Rodriguez sang the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America.”


60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Order of Events:

·         Introduction of the night’s honorees

·         Welcome by ESPN broadcaster and dinner emcee Joe Tessitore 

·         Introduction of returning College Football Hall of Famers and Campbell Trophy® winners

·         National Anthem by Daniel Rodriguez, Marla Kavanaugh, Margaret Kelly and Ciarán Sheehan

·         In Memoriam and Invocation by Father Thomas Valenti

·         45-minute break for dinner

·         The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments

·         The 28th William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments, and claimed by Micah Kiser from the University of Virginia

·         Highlighting the NFF’s Football Matters® campaign Jerry Jones

·         Recognition of NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Jon Teicher (Voice of the UTEP Miners)

·         Recognition of NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Dan Guerrero (UCLA Athletics Director)

·         Celebrating the NFF’s 70th Anniversary with NFF Vice Chairman Jack Ford

·         Introduction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Coaches by NFF Board Member and Hall of Fame inductee Archie Griffin

·         Response on behalf of the 2017 Hall of Fame Coaches by Steve Spurrier

·         Introduction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Players by Griffin

·         Response on behalf of the 2017 Hall of Fame Players by Peyton Manning

·         Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony by NFF Chairman and Hall of Fame inductee Archie Manning

·         Closing remarks and God Bless America


NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Order of Events:

·         Welcome from moderator Holly Rowe

·         Remarks from NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell

·         Announcement of the 2017 MEAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year by Commissioner Dennis Thomas and claimed by Lamar Raynard (North Carolina A&T State Quarterback) and Darius Leonard (South Carolina State Linebacker)

·         Announcement of the 2017 Wuerffel Trophy recipient by Danny Wuerffel and claimed by Courtney Love (Kentucky)

·         Announcement of 2017 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists by FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson and Allstate Sugar Bowl President Stanley Cohn

·         2017 NFF Major Award recipients (See Names Below)

·         2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class (See Names Below)

·         2017 Campbell Trophy® finalists, presented by Fidelity Investments (See Names Below)


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), 2017 Campbell Trophy® recipient 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).

George Sechrist
, of the Business Media Group (BMG) based in Indianapolis, produced the event for the fifth time. 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.

FootballMatters.org


Created by the National Football Foundation, FootballMatters.org is the home for storytelling that promotes the power of amateur football.

corporate partners