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2019 National Football Foundation In Memoriam

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2019 NFF In Memoriam

The National Football Foundation remembers those who paved the way in college football.
IRVING, Texas (Dec. 19, 2019) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame remembered today those who passed away in 2019 and played a role in improving the game of college football for future generations.

“It is always important at this time of year to reflect on those who have left us,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Part of the mission of the National Football Foundation is to shine a light on the good in the game and to preserve its history. We lost some great ones in 2019, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and universities. We will work hard to ensure that their contributions are not forgotten.

“I would be remiss if I did not pay special tribute to former NFF Board Member T. Boone Pickens, former NFF Historian Dan Jenkins and former NFF Annual Awards Dinner Coordinator Joan Stusnick, who all passed away this year. They all left the NFF and the world a better place, and they will truly be missed.”

* Joe Bellino
1977 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
United States Naval Academy
March 13, 1938 – March 28, 2019

Donn Bernstein
ABC Sports College Football Producer
c. 1936 – Oct. 16, 2019

Gene Bourdet
Athletics Director
Montana State, Fresno State, San Diego State
Nov. 24, 1922 – May 31, 2019

Rod Bramblett
Voice of the Auburn Tigers
Auburn University
Nov. 5, 1965 – May 25, 2019

Willie Brown
Head Football Coach
Long Beach State
Dec. 2, 1940 – Oct. 21, 2019

Chester Caddas
Head Football Coach
Pacific, Colorado State
July 30, 1935 – July 27, 2019

* Howard “Hopalong” Cassady
1979 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Ohio State University
March 2, 1934 – Sept. 20, 2019

George Chaump
Head Football Coach
Indiana (PA), Marshall, Navy
April 28, 1936 – May 19, 2019

Donald Dupont
Fiesta Bowl Founder and Past President
Loras College (IA)
Aug. 7, 1929 – June 29, 2019

* Bump Elliott
1989 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – University of Michigan
Head Football Coach – University of Michigan
Athletics Director – University of Iowa
Jan. 30, 1925 – Dec. 7, 2019

* Max Falkenstien
1998 NFF Schenkel Award
Voice of the Kansas Jayhawks
April 9, 1924 – July 29, 2019

Rick Forzano
Head Football Coach
Connecticut, Navy
Nov. 20, 1928 – Jan. 10, 2019

* Dr. James Frank
2001 NFF Distinguished American Award
NCAA President
Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner
Lincoln University (MO) President
Oct. 6, 1930 – Jan. 26, 2019

* Hayden Fry
2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Head Football Coach – SMU, North Texas, Iowa
Athletics Director – SMU, North Texas
Feb. 28, 1929 – Dec. 17, 2019

Bob Goin
Athletics Director – Florida State, Cincinnati, Bethany (WV), California (PA)
Head Football Coach – Bethany (WV)
Oct. 3, 1936 – Oct. 12, 2019

Forrest Gregg
Head Football Coach, Athletics Director
Southern Methodist University
Oct. 18, 1933 – April 12, 2019

Barron Hilton
Chairman, President & CEO of Hilton
Los Angeles Chargers First Owner
Philanthropist
Oct. 23, 1927 – Sept. 19, 2019

* E.J. Holub
1986 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Texas Tech University
Jan. 5, 1938 – Sept. 21, 2019

Sam Jankovich
Athletics Director
Washington State, Miami (FL)
Sept. 10, 1934 – Oct. 30, 2019

* Dan Jenkins
2009 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award
NFF Historian
Legendary Sports Writer
Dec. 2, 1928 – March 7, 2019

* Jim LeClair
1999 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
University of North Dakota
Oct. 30, 1950 – Nov. 4, 2019

* Mike McGee
1990 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – Duke University
Head Football Coach – East Carolina, Duke
Athletics Director – Cincinnati, Southern California, South Carolina
Dec. 1, 1938 – Aug. 16, 2019

* John Michels
1996 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
University of Tennessee
Feb. 15, 1931 – Jan. 10, 2019

Gary Ness
Athletics Director
University of New Mexico
Nov. 7, 1942 – Feb. 15, 2019

* Dave Parks
2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Texas Tech University
Dec. 25, 1941 – Aug. 7, 2019

* T. Boone Pickens
NFF Board Member
2008 NFF Distinguished American Award
Energy Executive & Philanthropist
May 22, 1928 – Sept. 11, 2019

* John Ralston
1992 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Head Football Coach
Utah State, Stanford, San Jose State
April 26, 1927 – Sept. 14, 2019

Rick Rasnick
Head Football Coach
Eastern Michigan University
Sept. 15, 1959 – Feb. 13, 2019

James I. Robertson Jr.
ACC Football Referee
Virginia Tech Faculty Athletics Representative
July 18, 1930 – Nov. 2, 2019

* Bob Schloredt
1989 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
University of Washington
Oct. 2, 1939 – May 16, 2019

Joan Stusnick
Former NFF Annual Awards Dinner Coordinator
St. John’s University (NY)
Nov. 4, 1935 – Nov. 18, 2019

* Pat Sullivan
1991 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – Auburn University
Head Football Coach – Texas Christian, Samford
Jan. 18, 1950 – Dec. 1, 2019

Dick Tomey
Head Football Coach
Hawaii, Arizona, San Jose State
June 20, 1938 – May 10, 2019

* Arnold Tucker
2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
United States Military Academy
Jan. 5, 1924 – Jan. 10, 2019

* George Welsh
2004 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Head Football Coach
Navy, Virginia
Aug. 26, 1933 – Jan. 2, 2019

Gavin White Jr.
Athletics Director
Temple University
1926 – May 19, 2019

David Williams
Athletics Director
Vanderbilt University
Jan. 5, 1948 – Feb. 8, 2019

* College Football Hall of Fame inductee or NFF Award recipient

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 Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments 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, ETT, Fidelity Investments, Goodyear, Herff Jones, Mazda, the New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork and learn more at footballfoundation.org.

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