IRVING, Texas (Dec. 26, 2018) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame remembered today those who passed away in 2018 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 2018, 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 Chairman Ron Johnson, as well as NFF Board Members Jeff­ Cooney, Edward McGinley III and Mike Slive, who all passed away this year. They all left the NFF and the world a better place, and they will truly be missed.”

 

Click here to view this year’s “In Memoriam” video that ran during the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which features all of those who passed between Dec. 5, 2017 and Dec. 4, 2018.

 

 

* Charles Arrobio

1965 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

University of Southern California

July 8, 1944 – March 18, 2018

 

* Pervis Atkins

2009 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

New Mexico State University

Nov. 24, 1935 – Dec. 22, 2017

 

* Hal Bedsole

2012 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Southern California

Dec. 21, 1941 – Dec. 22, 2017

 

Dick Bestwick

Head Football Coach

University of Virginia

Athletics Director

University of South Carolina

Aug. 18, 1930 – Jan. 4, 2018

 

Billy Brewer

Head Football Coach

Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi

Oct. 8, 1934 – May 12, 2018

 

* Earle Bruce

2002 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Tampa, Iowa State, Ohio State, Northern Iowa, Colorado State

March 8, 1931 – April 20, 2018

 

* George H.W. Bush

1991 NFF Gold Medal

41st President of the United States

Yale University

June 12, 1924 – Nov. 30, 2018

 

* Billy Cannon

2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Louisiana State University

Aug. 2, 1937 – May 20, 2018

 

Bruce Connal

College Football Television Producer

Ithaca College (NY)

  1. 1956 – March 1, 2018

 

Jeff Cooney

NFF Board Member

Film Director and Producer

College of the Holy Cross

Oct. 25, 1957 – Feb. 12, 2018

 

* Carm Cozza

2002 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Yale University

June 1, 1930 – Jan. 4, 2018

 

Jim Dickey

Head Football Coach

Kansas State University

March 22, 1934 – Feb. 18, 2018

 

* Nick Drahos

1981 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Cornell University

Dec. 6, 1918 – May 12, 2018

 

* Woody Durham

2011 NFF Chris Schenkel Award

Voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels

University of North Carolina

Aug. 8, 1941 – March 7, 2018

 

Dick Enberg

Sports Broadcaster

Central Michigan University

Jan. 9, 1935 – Dec. 21, 2017

 

* Bill Fralic

1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Pittsburgh

Oct. 31, 1962 – Dec. 13, 2018

 

* John Gagliardi

2006 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Carroll (MT), Saint John’s (MN)

Nov. 1, 1926 – Oct. 7, 2018

 

* Jim Houston

2005 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Ohio State University

Nov. 3, 1937 – Sept. 11, 2018

 

* Keith Jackson

1999 NFF Gold Medal

Sports Broadcaster

Washington State University

Oct. 18, 1928 – Jan. 12, 2018

 

* Ron Johnson

Former NFF Chairman

NFF Board Member

1992 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Michigan

Oct. 17, 1947 – Nov. 10, 2018

 

Billy Kinard

Head Football Coach

Mississippi, Gardner-Webb

Dec. 16, 1933 – June 30, 2018

 

* Chuck Klausing

1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Indiana (PA), Carnegie Mellon (PA)

April 19, 1925 – Feb. 15, 2018

 

Lee Leonard

Sports Broadcaster

April 3, 1929 – Dec. 16, 2018

 

Bill Mallory

Head Football Coach

Miami (OH), Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana

May 30, 1935 – May 25, 2018

 

* Greg Marx

1972 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

University of Notre Dame

July 18, 1950 – Oct. 5, 2018

 

* Tommy McDonald

1985 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Oklahoma

July 26, 1934 – Sept. 24, 2018

 

Edward F. McGinley III

NFF Board Member

Retired Goldman Sachs Vice President

Former Pennsylvania Football Player

Oct. 13, 1927 – Nov. 11, 2018

 

* Dick Modzelewski

1993 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Maryland

Feb. 16, 1931 – Oct. 19, 2018

 

C.M. Newton

Athletics Director

University of Kentucky

Feb. 2, 1930 – June 4, 2018

 

* Michael Payton

2015 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Marshall University

March 5, 1970 – Sept. 27, 2018

 

Burt Reynolds

Actor

Former Florida State Football Player

Feb. 11, 1936 – Sept. 6, 2018

 

* Gabe Rivera

2012 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Texas Tech University

April 7, 1961 – July 16, 2018

 

Darryl Rogers

Head Football Coach

Cal State-East Bay, Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State, Arizona State

Athletics Director

Southern Connecticut State University

May 28, 1935 – July 11, 2018

 

Rod Rust

Head Football Coach

University of North Texas

Aug. 2, 1928 – Oct. 23, 2018

 

* Clyde Scott

1971 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Arkansas

Aug. 29, 1924 – Jan. 30, 2018

 

Bob Seaman

Head Football Coach

Wichita State, Emporia State (KS)

March 28, 1932 – Aug. 13, 2018

 

Jim Skaines

Athletics Director

University of Texas at San Antonio

July 10, 1931 – Sept. 15, 2018

 

* Mike Slive

NFF Board Member

2015 NFF Legacy Award

Commissioner

Southeastern Conference, Conference USA, Great Midwest Conference

Athletics Director

Cornell University

July 26, 1940 – May 16, 2018

 

* Rowland “Red” Smith

1993 NFF Chapter Leadership Award

Sacramento Valley (CA) Chapter

  1. 1923 – June 5, 2018

 

* Jim Stillwagon

1991 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Ohio State University

Feb. 11, 1949 – Feb. 3, 2018

 

* George Taliaferro

1981 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Indiana University

Jan. 8, 1927 – Oct. 8, 2018

 

Jim Tarman

Athletics Director

Penn State University

April 4, 1928 – Dec. 31, 2017

 

  1. K. Wetherell

Florida State University President

Former Florida State Football Player

Dec. 22, 1945 – Dec. 16, 2018

 

Paul Zimmerman

Sports Writer

Columbia University

Oct. 23, 1932 – Nov. 1, 2018

 

“Asterisk denotes a College Football Hall of Fame inductee or NFF Award recipient”