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NFF Chapter Network Celebrates Record Breaking Year, Distributes More Than $1 Million in Scholarships in 2016
A cornerstone of the NFF’s mission of Building Leaders Through Football, the chapter network distributes more money, stages more events and receives more support than ever.
Published: 8/31/2016 1:00:00 PM
(Pictured: The NFF announced that its chapter network distributed more than $1 million in scholarships during a record-breaking 2016 award banquet season. Above, the NFF Minnesota Chapter awarded $18,000 in scholarships to eight outstanding senior high school football players.)

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 31, 2016)
 - 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 2016 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 2016

·         3,500 high school student-athletes honored in 2016

·         31 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches in attendance in 2016

·         45 divisional head coaches in attendance in 2016

·         51 members of the College Football Hall of Fame in attendance in 2016

·         18 college directors of athletics in attendance in 2016

·         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 $20 million mark in 2016. Coupled with the all-time amount of $10.9 million disbursed from the national headquarters through the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program, the NFF has distributed $30.9 million since its inception in 1947.

“The importance of the NFF Chapter Network cannot be overstated,” said NFF President & CEO Steve 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)
  • Blake Anderson, Arkansas State University (Arkansas)
  • Chris Ash, Rutgers University (New York City)
  • David Beaty, University of Kansas (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Bret Bielema, University of Arkansas (Arkansas)
  • Craig Bohl, University of Wyoming (Wyoming)
  • Troy Calhoun, U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado)
  • Rod Carey, Northern Illinois University (Chicago Metro)
  • David Cutcliffe, Duke University (Corrigan-Faircloth [N.C.], 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)
  • Todd Graham, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Jim Harbaugh, University of Michigan (Toledo [Ohio])
  • Darrell Hazell, Purdue University (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Tom Herman, University of Houston (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Skip Holtz, Louisiana Tech University (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech University (Texas Tech)
  • Seth Littrell, University of North Texas (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Les Miles, Louisiana State University (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Jeff Monken, U.S. Military Academy (National Capital [D.C.])
  • Scottie Montgomery, East Carolina University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Mike Neu, Ball State University (Central Indiana)
  • Mike Norvell, University of Memphis (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Barry Odom, University of Missouri (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Charlie Partridge, Florida Atlantic University (Brian Piccolo [Fla.])
  • Charlie Strong, University of Texas (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Tommy Tuberville, University of Cincinnati (Greater Cincinnati)
  • Mark Whipple, University of Massachusetts (Western Massachusetts)

Head Coaches from the Divisional Ranks:

  • Jay Accorsi, Rowan University [N.J.] (South Jersey)
  • Joe Adam, Saint Anselm College [N.H.] (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Bruce Barnum, Portland State University (Clark County [Wash.])
  • Andrew Breiner, Fordham University (New York City)
  • Steve Campbell, University of Central Arkansas (Arkansas)
  • Colby Carthel, Texas A&M University-Commerce (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Paul Castonia, Plymouth State University [N.H.] (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Mike Cerasuolo, Springfield College [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Loren Dawson, Austin College [Texas] (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Dennis Dunn, Louisiana College (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • 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.])
  • Tom Gilmore, College of the Holy Cross (New York City)
  • Joe Harasymiak, University of Maine (State of Maine)
  • Mark Harriman, Bates College [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • Vince Kehres, University of Mount Union [Ohio] (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • 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.])
  • Mike Lichten, University of New England [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • Dale Lindsey, University of San Diego (Walter J. Zable/San Diego)
  • Jerry Mack, North Carolina Central University (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Bill Maskill, Midwestern State University [Texas] (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Sean McDonnell, University of New Hampshire (Joe 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.] (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Dave Murray, Hamilton College [N.Y.] (Central New York)
  • Bo Pelini, Youngstown State University (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Gabby Price, Husson University [Maine] (State of Maine)
  • Mark Raymond, Williams College [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)
  • Bob Ritter, Middlebury College [Vt.] (Vermont)
  • Pete Rossomondo, Central Connecticut State University (Northern Connecticut)
  • Jim Ryan, Rhodes College [Tenn.] (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Jody Sears, Sacramento State (Sacramento Valley [Calif.])
  • 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.])
  • Carl Torbush, East Tennessee State University (Mountain Empire [Tenn.])
  • Mike Welch, Ithaca College [N.Y.] (Central New York)
  • J.B. Wells, Bowdoin College [Maine] (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts, State of Maine)
  • Art Wilkins, American International College [Mass.] (Western Massachusetts)


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

  • Charles Alexander, Louisiana State University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Chris Bisaillon, Illinois Wesleyan University (Chicago Metro)
  • Murry Bowden, Dartmouth College (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Coach Bill Bowes, University of New Hampshire (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Bob Breunig, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Ted Brown, North Carolina State University (Minnesota)
  • Tim Brown, University of Notre Dame (Arkansas)
  • Dave Casper, University of Notre Dame (Minnesota)
  • Chuck Cecil, University of Arizona (Southern Arizona)
  • Ray Childress, Texas A&M University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Coach Jim Christopherson, Concordia College [Minn.] (Minnesota)
  • Jimbo Covert, University of Pittsburgh (Chicago Metro)
  • Coach Doug Dickey, University of Tennessee, University of Florida (East Tennessee)
  • Chuck Dicus, University of Arkansas (Arkansas)
  • Coach Vince Dooley, University of Georgia (Touchdown Club of Atlanta, University of Georgia)
  • Coach Pat Dye, East Carolina University, University of Wyoming, Auburn University (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Larry Elkins, Baylor University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Dave Elmendorf, Texas A&M University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Doug English, University of Texas (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University (Chicago Metro)
  • Archie Griffin, Ohio State University (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Ted Hendricks, University of Miami [Fla.] (Chicago Metro)
  • Mark Herrmann, Purdue University (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Coach Frank Kush, Arizona State University (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Jerry LeVias, Southern Methodist University (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Johnny Majors, University of Tennessee (East Tennessee)
  • Coach Bill Manlove, Widener University [Pa.] (Philadelphia)
  • Archie Manning, University of Mississippi (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.], Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Coach Fred Martinelli, Ashland University [Ohio] (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Don McCauley, University of North Carolina (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Bill McColl, Stanford University (Walter J. Zable/San Diego)
  • Randall McDaniel, Arizona State University (Minnesota)
  • Richard McGeorge, Elon University (Corrigan-Faircloth [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 (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • 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)
  • Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech University (Arkansas)
  • Johnny Roland, University of Missouri (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Billy Ray Smith, University of Arkansas (Arkansas)
  • Steve Spurrier, University of Florida (East Tennessee)
  • Coach Barry Switzer, University of Oklahoma (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Coach Jim Tressel, Youngstown State University, Ohio State University (Columbus [Ohio], 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.])
  • Scott Woerner, University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Coach Jim Young, University of Arizona, Purdue University, U.S. Military Academy (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)


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

  • Brian Baschnagel, Ohio State University-1975 (Chicago Metro)
  • Stephen Blackmarr, University of Minnesota Duluth-1997 (Walter J. Zable/San Diego)
  • Jacoby Boren, Ohio State University-2015 (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Dave Casper, University of Notre Dame-1973 (Minnesota)
  • Paul Choquette, Brown University-1959 (DiNitto/Rhode Island)
  • Dave Elmendorf, Texas A&M University-1970, current Texas A&M radio broadcaster (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Dave Foley, Ohio State University-1968 (Springfield [Ohio])
  • Blake Frohnapfel, University of Massachusetts-2015 (Western Massaschusetts)
  • Joey Galloway, Ohio State University-1994, current ESPN analyst (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Tom Gilmore, University of Pennsylvania- 1985, current Holy Cross head coach (New York City)
  • Tim Harden, U.S. Naval Academy-1974 (Northern California)
  • John “J.J.” Jackson, University of Southern California-1989 (Pasadena/San Gabriel [Calif.])
  • Danny Kanell, Florida State University- 1995, current ESPN analyst (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Pat Kelly, University of Texas-1973 (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech University-2002, current Texas Tech head coach (Texas Tech)
  • Mike Perrin, University of Texas-1968, current Texas athletics director (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Wally Richardson, Pennsylvania State University-1996 (Central Pennsylvania)
  • Dr. Archie Roberts, Columbia University-1964 (Western Massachusetts)
  • Hank Spencer, University of Mount Union [Ohio]-2015 (Central Indiana)
  • Robert Stein, University of Minnesota-1968 (Minnesota)
  • Mark Tingstad, Arizona State University- 1989 (Tacoma/Pierce County [Wash.])
  • Don Trull, Baylor University-1963 (Touchdown Club of Houston)

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

  • Murry Bowden, College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Dartmouth College, Chairman & CEO of the Hanover Company and NFF Vice Chairman (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Joe Castiglione, University of Oklahoma director of athletics and 2013 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient (Oklahoma)
  • Dave Davis, Gamble Jones Investment Counsel principal (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.])
  • Archie Griffin, College Football Hall of Fame inductee (Columbus [Ohio])
  • Steve Hatchell, NFF President & CEO (Greater Austin [Texas], NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Richard Jackson, Richard W. Jackson, an Accountancy Corporation (Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley [Calif.])
  • Jack Lengyel, Former athletics director and head coach, 2005 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and 1997 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Archie Manning, NFF Chairman, College Football Hall of Fame inductee and 2016 NFF Gold Medal recipient (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.], Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • 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, NFF Director Emeritus and University of Texas Women’s Athletics Director (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Bob Vecchione, NACDA executive director (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)

Other keynote speakers and VIP attendees included:

  • Ron Abdow, 1997 NFF Outstanding Football Official Award recipient (Western Massachusetts)
  • Ernie Accorsi, former New York Giants General Manager (New York City)
  • Carl Allegretti, Deloitte Tax Chairman and CEO (Chicago Metro)
  • Keith Amemiya, former executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (Hawaii)
  • Ed Arnold, noted California sportscaster (Orange County [Calif.])
  • Mike Barber, former Louisiana Tech University and NFL tight end (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Jay Barker, former University of Alabama quarterback (Arkansas)
  • Tony Barnhart, longtime college football writer and SEC Network analyst and the 2009 recipient of the FWAA Bert McGrane Award (University of Georgia)
  • Susan Bassett, Ithaca College [N.Y.] athletics director (New York City)
  • Brad Bates, Boston College athletics director (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Marco Battaglia, former Rutgers University and NFL tight end (New York City, Essex County [N.J.])
  • Darryl Berger, Tulane University Chairman of the Board (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Ed Biles, former Xavier University and Houston Oilers head coach (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Leo Biron, former University of Massachusetts football player (Joe Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts)
  • Eric Boles, former Central Washington University football player (Portland [Ore.])
  • Todd Bowles, New York Jets head coach (New York City)
  • Brad Bradley, legendary college football photographer (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Charlie Bradshaw, former Wofford All-America football player and successful businessman (University of Georgia)
  • Howard Breinig, former University of Arizona football player and longtime high school football coach (Southern Arizona)
  • Charles Breithaupt, Executive Director of the University Interscholastic League [Texas public school athletics administration] (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Bill Brooks, former Boston University and NFL wide receiver (Central Indiana)
  • Chuck Brown, former University of Houston and NFL offensive lineman (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Mack Brown, former University of Texas head coach and current ESPN analyst (Arkansas, Greater Austin)
  • Ricky Brown, former University of Texas fullback (Greater Austin)
  • Scott Brunner, former University of Delaware and NFL quarterback (Essex County [N.J.])
  • Tony Bua, former University of Arkansas linebacker (Arkansas)
  • Jeff Budzien, former Northwestern University kicker (Chicago Metro)
  • Morgan Burke, former Purdue University athletics director (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Bill Burnett, former University of Arkansas tailback (Arkansas)
  • Bart Burrell, former Purdue University wide receiver (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Bill Carollo, former Big Ten and NFL official (Chicago Metro)
  • 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.])
  • James Caton, Bowdoin College [Maine] assistant athletics director (State of Maine)
  • Carl Cheffers, NFL official (Orange County [Calif.])
  • Ernie Clark, commissioner of the New Hampshire Football Officials Association (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Mike Clary, former Rhodes College [Tenn.] athletics director (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Jeff Cleanthes, Rhodes College [Tenn.] athletics director (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Shon Coleman, former Auburn University and current Cleveland Browns offensive tackle (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Tony Corrente, NFL official (Orange County [Calif.])
  • Jack Cosgrove, former University of Maine head coach (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts, State of Maine)
  • Josh Cribbs, former Kent State University and Cleveland Browns wide receiver/return specialist (Springfield [Ohio])
  • Bill Cubit, former University of Illinois head coach (Chicago Metro)
  • John Currie, Kansas State University athletics director (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • George DeLeone, Temple University run game coordinator and offensive line coach (Southeastern Connecticut)
  • Mike DeLong, former Springfield College [Mass.] head coach (Western Massachusetts)
  • Bob DeMarco, former University of Dayton and NFL center (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Mark Dennard, former Texas A&M University and NFL center (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Doug DeVos, former Purdue University quarterback and current President of Amway International (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Doug Dieken, former University of Illinois and Cleveland Browns offensive tackle (Mike Cleary/ Northeast Ohio)
  • Woodie Dixon, Pac-12 Conference General Counsel and Senior Vice President (Northern California)
  • Todd Dodge, former University of Texas quarterback, former University of North Texas head coach and current high school football coach (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Bill Dooley, former University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest University head football coach (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.])
  • Demetric Evans, former University of Georgia and NFL defensive end (S.M. McNaughton [La.])
  • D’Marco Farr, ESPN St. Louis radio broadcaster and former University of Washington and Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams defensive tackle (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Kyle Flood, former Rutgers University head coach (New York City)
  • Bernie Flynn, president and CEO of New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance (Delaware Valley [N.J.])
  • Charley Frazier, former Texas Southern University and Houston Oilers wide receiver (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Barry Gallup Sr., former Boston College wide receiver and Northeastern University head coach (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Roberto Garza, former Texas A&M University-Kingsville and NFL offensive lineman (Rio Grande Valley [Texas])
  • Neil Glat, New York Jets President (New York City)
  • April Goss, Kent State University kicker who made history as just the second female to score a point in an FBS game (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Harold Graeter, AutoZone Liberty Bowl Associate Executive Director (Memphis [Tenn.])
  • Jacob Green, former Texas A&M University and NFL defensive end (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Morlon Greenwood, former Syracuse University and NFL linebacker (New York City)
  • 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.], Essex County [N.J.])
  • Dan Hampton, former University of Arkansas defensive tackle and Pro Football Hall of Famer (Arkansas)
  • Jim Hanifan, former University of California wide receiver and Atlanta Falcons and St. Louis Cardinals head coach (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Jack Harbaugh, former Western Michigan University and Western Kentucky University head coach (Southern Indiana)
  • Ken Hatfield, former University of Arkansas halfback/defensive back and head coach at Air Force, Arkansas, Clemson and Rice (Arkansas)
  • Laird Hayes, NFL official (Orange County [Calif.])
  • J.D. Hill, former Arizona State University and NFL wide receiver (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Peyton Hillis, former University of Arkansas and NFL running back (Arkansas)
  • Norm Hitzges, longtime Dallas sports talk radio host (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech University director of athletics (Texas Tech)
  • Merril Hoge, former Idaho State University and NFL running back and current ESPN broadcaster (University of Georgia)
  • 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.])
  • Ken Houston, former Prairie View A&M University safety and Pro Football Hall of Famer (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Marc Hudak, former Ithaca College (N.Y.) All-American offensive lineman and 2015 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient (New York City)
  • Judge Brian Jackson, Chief U.S. district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Robert Jackson, former Duke University and Cleveland Browns offensive guard (Mike Cleary/ Northeast Ohio)
  • Ron Jaworski, former Youngstown State University and NFL quarterback, current ESPN broadcaster and Maxwell Football Club president (University of Georgia)
  • Merv Johnson, University of Oklahoma director of football operations (Oklahoma)
  • Felix Jones, former University of Arkansas and NFL running back (Arkansas)
  • Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys COO/Executive Vice President & Director of Player Personnel and former University of Arkansas linebacker (Arkansas)
  • Jeff Joniak, Chicago Bears radio personality (Chicago Metro)
  • Randy Karraker, ESPN St. Louis radio broadcaster (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Horace King, one of the first African-American football players at the University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Chuck Kinnebrew, one of the first African-American football players at the University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Bill Klika, Fairleigh Dickinson University [N.J.] athletics director (Greater Morris County [N.J.])
  • Bernie Kosar, former University of Miami (Fla.) and NFL quarterback (Mike Cleary/ Northeast Ohio)
  • Glen Kozlowski, former Brigham Young University and Chicago Bears wide receiver (Chicago Metro)
  • Joel Lamb, Harvard University offensive coordinator (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Chuck Lapeyre, Allstate Sugar Bowl President (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Dave Lapham, former Syracuse University and Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman and current Bengals radio broadcaster (Greater Cincinnati)
  • Scott Larkee, Harvard University defensive coordinator (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Ken Larose, former Butler University football player and head football coach (Central Indiana)
  • Thomas Leavitt, president & CEO at Northfield Savings Bank (Vermont)
  • Bill LeMonnier, ESPN college football rules analyst and longtime former Big Ten referee (Chicago Metro)
  • 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)
  • Scott Loeffler, Boston College offensive coordinator (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Dave Logan, former University of Colorado wide receiver and current Denver Broncos radio broadcaster (Colorado)
  • Mike London, University of Maryland associate head coach (Greater Baltimore)
  • Jeff Long, University of Arkansas athletics director (Arkansas)
  • Andrew Luck, former Stanford University and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback and 2008 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete (Central Indiana)
  • Mike Lude, former Colorado State University head football coach; former Kent State University, University of Washington and Auburn University athletics director; and the 2001 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient (Southern Arizona)
  • Verne Lundquist, CBS Sports broadcaster and 2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient (Colorado)
  • Kevin Mack, former Clemson University and Cleveland Browns running back (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Jerry Markbreit, longtime former NFL referee (Chicago Metro)
  • Brandon Marshall, former University of Central Florida and current New York Jets wide receiver (New York City)
  • Joe Martin, Vice President of the Texas High School Coaches Association (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Wayne Martin, former University of Arkansas and NFL defensive end (Arkansas)
  • Al Matthews, former Texas A&M University-Kingsville and NFL defensive back (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Deuce McAllister, former University of Mississippi and New Orleans Saints running back (Miss/Lou)
  • Tommy McClelland, Louisiana Tech University athletics director (S.M.McNaughton [La.])
  • Jack McDonald, University of New England [Maine] director of athletics (State of Maine)
  • Kevin McDonald, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl executive director (Southern Idaho)
  • Darren McFadden, former University of Arkansas and current Dallas Cowboys running back (Arkansas)
  • Greg McGarity, University of Georgia director of athletics (University of Georgia)
  • Gerald McNeil, former Baylor University and NFL wide receiver (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Mac McWhorter, former University of Georgia guard and longtime college football assistant coach (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • David McWilliams, former University of Texas head football coach and 2013 NFF Chapter Leadership Award recipient (Greater Austin)
  • Jon Meter-Parel, Boston College play-by-play announcer (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Matt Millen, former Penn State and NFL linebacker and current FOX Sports/Big Ten Network analyst (Lehigh Valley [Pa.])
  • 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 former Chicago Tribune journalist and former Wittenberg [Ohio] kicker (Chicago Metro)
  • Bob Moses, former University of Texas end (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Jim Mueller, Cleveland TV sports personality (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio)
  • Edwin Murray, Louisiana State Senator (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • Scott Murray, Dallas sports personality (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Brent Musburger, ESPN broadcaster and 2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient (East Tennessee)
  • Congressman Richard Neal, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (Western Massachusetts)
  • Blake Neyland, son of College Football Hall of Fame coach Robert Neyland (East Tennessee)
  • Bob Novogratz, former U.S. Military Academy All-American (National Capital [D.C.])
  • Neil O’Donnell, former University of Maryland and NFL quarterback (Essex County [N.J.])
  • Gus Otto, former University of Missouri and Oakland Raiders linebacker (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Petros Papadakis, former University of Southern California tailback and current FOX Sports college football analyst (Los Angeles)
  • Joe Parker, Colorado State University director of athletics (Colorado)
  • Dan Pastorini, former Santa Clara University and NFL quarterback (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Jake Plummer, former Arizona State University and NFL quarterback (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.])
  • Clarence Pope, one of the first African-American football players at the University of Georgia (University of Georgia)
  • Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer of the PGA and former Bates College [Maine] football player (New York City)
  • Mike Prior, former Illinois State University and NFL safety (Central Indiana)
  • Erin Quinn, Middlebury College [Vt.] athletics director (Vermont)
  • Pete Quinn, former Purdue University center and current Purdue radio broadcaster (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Jerry Reese, New York Giants general manager (New York City)
  • Jim Reid, Boston College defensive coordinator (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Howard Richards, former University of Missouri offensive lineman and current Tigers radio analyst (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Bucky Richardson, former Texas A&M University and NFL quarterback (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Steve Richardson, Executive Director of the Football Writers Association of America (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Mark Romig, President & CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.])
  • D.W. Rutledge, Executive Director of the Texas High School Coaches Association (Greater Austin [Texas])
  • Tim Ryan, Bowdoin College [Maine] athletics director (State of Maine)
  • Paul Salata, former University of Southern California and NFL end and founder of Mr. Irrelevant  (Orange County [Calif.])
  • Shannon Sanderford, Miss Texas 2015 (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Don Sarette, former Syracuse University quarterback (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Phil Savage, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl and former Cleveland Browns General Manager (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Greg Schiano, Ohio State University defensive coordinator (Columbus [Ohio])
  • George Schroeder, USA Today college football writer (Arkansas)
  • Field Scovell, former Texas Tech University wide receiver (Texas Tech)
  • Dr. Rhea Seddon, retired NASA astronaut (Middle Tennessee)
  • Heath Shuler, former University of Tennessee quarterback and former U.S. Congressman (Arkansas)
  • Matt Simeone, Chicago Bears Director of Community & Alumni Relations (Chicago Metro)
  • Gordon Smith, United States Tennis Association Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer (University of Georgia)
  • Loran Smith, The Georgia Bulldog Club (University of Georgia)
  • Lyle Smith, former Boise State University head football coach (Southern Idaho)
  • Steve Smith, former University of Utah and current NFL wide receiver (Utah)
  • Les Snead, Los Angeles Rams General Manager (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Mark Speckman, former Willamette University [Ore.] head coach (Sacramento Valley [Calif.])
  • Brian Stann, former U.S. Naval Academy football player, mixed martial artist and U.S. Marine (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Lee Stephens, son of the late College Football Hall of Famer Sandy Stephens [Minnesota] (Minnesota)
  • Ray Stith, former U.S. Military Academy football captain and U.S. Army platoon leader (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Matthew Stotler, former NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete and Columbia University defensive lineman (National Capital [D.C.])
  • Tim Stratton, former Purdue University tight end and inaugural John Mackey Award recipient (Chicago Metro)
  • Karsten Sween, former University of Wyoming quarterback (Wyoming)
  • Mike Terrizzi, former Purdue University quarterback (Northern California)
  • Joe Tessitore, ESPN broadcaster (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts)
  • Joe Tiller, former University of Wyoming and Purdue University head coach (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Dick Tomey, former University of Hawaii, University of Arizona and San Jose State University head football coach (Southern Arizona)
  • Randy Truitt, member of the Indiana House of Representatives (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana)
  • Tim Van Galder, former Iowa State University and St. Louis Cardinals quarterback (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Keith Van Horne, former University of Southern California and Chicago Bears offensive lineman (Chicago Metro)
  • Patty Viverito, Missouri Valley Football Conference and Pioneer Football League Commissioner (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Hines Ward, former University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver (Touchdown Club of Atlanta)
  • Craig Way, University of Texas play-by-play broadcaster (Greater Austin)
  • Richmond Webb, former Texas A&M University and NFL offensive tackle (Touchdown Club of Houston)
  • Chad Weiberg, Texas Tech University Deputy Director of Athletics (Texas Tech)
  • Charlie Weis, former University of Notre Dame and University of Kansas head coach (Arkansas)
  • Rob Whalen, Heisman Trophy Executive Director (New York City)
  • Alfred White, College Football Playoff Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)
  • Rob Wigod, California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Commissioner (Orange County [Calif.])
  • Pete Woods, former University of Missouri quarterback (Lombardo/St. Louis)
  • Hugh Yoshida, former University of Hawaii Athletics Director (Hawaii)
  • Joe Yukica, former head coach at the University of New Hampshire, Boston College and Dartmouth College (Joe Yukica/New Hampshire)
  • Dr. Sheahon Zenger, University of Kansas athletics director (Sunflower [Kan.])
  • Amos Zereoue, former West Virginia University and NFL running back (New York City)
  • Ricky Zorn, former NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete and Harvard University wide receiver (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas)


About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
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