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Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame Media Event to Kickoff College Football 150th Anniversary Celebrations
The National Football Foundation will stage an event at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta on July 10 to provide the media an overview of the exciting season-long plans for the College Football 150th Anniversary (CFB150).

The event will include a preview of the numerous events planned by the CFB150 Committee; the extensive programming that ESPN has created to celebrate the CFB150; and the unveiling of a College Football 150th Specialty Exhibit delivered by UPS, which includes dirt from the field where the first game took place in 1869; the NCAA rule book that was revised after the 45 fatalities that took place between 1900-05; the first penalty flag ever used from 1941; and countless other rare artifacts covering all 150 years of college football.

The event will be emceed by SEC Network College Football Analyst Tony Barnhart. Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame CEO Dennis Adamovich, NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell, ESPN Senior Writer & Editor-at-Large of ESPN College Football 150 Ivan Maisel and CFB150 Committee Executive Director Kevin Weiberg will take the stage to give their insights on the upcoming celebrations.

General Douglas MacArthur’s Desk on Display at
College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta Starting July 3

As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of college football, the NFF announced that Anbang Insurance Group (Anbang), the owner of Waldorf Astoria New York, will loan the desk of General Douglas MacArthur for a display at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. On display beginning this Wednesday, July 3, the desk showcases the famous military leader’s ties to the NFF, the game of football and the historic property.

“General Douglas MacArthur ranks among our nation’s greatest leaders,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “His deep appreciation for the game of football and the values it instills in our nation’s young people led him to take on a leadership role with the National Football Foundation in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibit at the Hall in Atlanta will allow visitors an opportunity to learn more about the iconic general and his role in helping the NFF fulfill its mission of protecting the game for future generations.”

General MacArthur, who after returning from World War II, the reconstruction of Japan and serving in Korea, lived with his wife Jean at Waldorf Astoria New York from April 20, 1951 until his passing on April 5, 1964. The desk became a fixture in the MacArthur Suite after their residency as a favorite artifact for VIP guests to see and admire. The hotel was purchased by Anbang in 2014 from Hilton but will continue to be operated by Hilton as part of a 100-year management agreement. The property is currently undergoing a complete renovation and restoration with plans to reopen in 2021.

In addition to serving as the home to General MacArthur and his wife, Waldorf Astoria New York and its majestic Grand Ballroom provided the stage for the NFF Annual Awards Dinner for a consecutive 58 years, from 1959 through 2016, when the property began renovations.

Pictured: General MacArthur accepted the 1959 NFF Gold Medal at the Waldorf Astoria, his home for the latter part of his life. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sat behind the General’s famed desk from the Waldorf earlier this year when he accepted the NFF MacArthur Bowl national championship trophy at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

Scholar-Athlete News

2010 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Scott Tolzien (Wisconsin) will return this season to his alma mater as an analyst for the Badgers, scouting opponents.

1991 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Jason Hanson (Washington State) has been elected to the State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame.

2001 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Vince Huntsberger, now a doctor of emergency medicine, has been selected to the Montana Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame.

2009 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Colt McCoy (Texas), who currently plays with the Washington Redskins, will host his seventh annual youth football ProCamp July 8 at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas.

Fidelity Investments serves a proud partner of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy® and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

The College Football 150th Anniversary will be celebrated nationwide throughout 2019! The national celebration of 150 seasons of collegiate football will showcase the rich history and traditions of the sport and its contribution to American society and culture, while also promoting the opportunity it continues to provide to thousands of student-athletes across all levels of the sport. You can follow CFB150’s social platforms at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with more information online at CFB150.org.

Hall of Fame News

College Football Hall of Fame coach John Robinson has accepted a position at LSU as a special consultant to head coach Ed Orgeron.

Kansas State will stage a special event to celebrate the career of College Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder at Bramlage Coliseum on July 13.

College Football Hall of Fame inductee Don McPherson (Syracuse) has penned a new book, “You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity,” tackling issues of related to sexism.

College Football Hall of Fame inductee Steve Spurrier (one of only four people inducted as both a coach and player) announced plans to open a restaurant at Celebration Pointe in Gainesville, Fla. The establishment will feature many of Spurrier’s trophies and awards, including his 1966 Heisman Trophy, which he won playing for the Gators.

College Football Hall of Famer and 1997 Campbell Trophy® recipient Peyton Manning (Tennessee) is hosting and serving as an executive producer for “Peyton’s Places,” a five-part, 30-episode series celebrating the NFL’s 100th season. The show will debut on ESPN+ in July, with ESPN and ABC airing special compilations.

Joined by his his sons Peyton, Eli and Cooper, NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1992 inductee from Ole Miss, staged the 24th Annual Manning Passing Academy on the campus of Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., from June 27-30. More than 42 current college QBs and 1,200 junior and high school players participated.

2019 College Football Hall of Fame electee Joe Thomas (Wisconsin) will be inducted into the University of Wisconsin Hall of Fame in September.

At the Hall in Atlanta

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Football Media Day will take place at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame for the third consecutive year on Tuesday, July 9.

CFB150 Specialty Exhibit: The NFF and the Hall have unveiled a limited-time, special exhibit to celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football. The display gives fans a look into the history and evolution of the game through the decades.

Southwest Sundays: Get hyped for college football year round during Southwest® Sundays at The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame. On the first Sunday of every month, fans can tour the Hall for FREE. Grab your squad and head downtown to experience the traditions, passion and pageantry of college football through high tech exhibits and content personalized to your favorite team. Play like a legend on our 45-yard indoor field, immerse yourself in our must-see college football experience and more.

July 2 – The 23rd Annual Sunshine Football Classic, which features senior high school All-Stars from local counties in New Jersey, will take place at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville. The event has raised $63,000 in scholarships for the NFF Delaware Valley Chapter over the years.

July 22 – The NFF State of Maine Chapter will hold its 20th annual golf tournament at the Belgrade Lakes Golf Club in Belgrade Lakes, Maine. All proceeds help fun chapter scholarships and initiatives.

The mission of the National Football Foundation and our members, simply stated, is to ensure and promote the future of amateur football. If you are not already a member, or if you have been a member in the past, we hope you will join one of our 120 chapters across 47 states in our effort to see this mission through. Click here for more information and to join.

In Other News…

NFF Board Member Steve Robinson has written a new book, “Covert Cows and Chick-fil-A: How Faith, Cows, and Chicken Built an Iconic Brand.” The longtime chief marketing officer for Chick-fil-A tells the inside story of how the company turned prevailing theories of fast-food marketing upside down and built one of the most successful and beloved brands in America. The book is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book retailers.

NFF Board Member and Chairman of TEALL Investments Ben Sutton received the Roone Arledge Award June 22 during the National Sports Media Association’s Legacy Night in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham (NJ) and NFF-partner Under Armour agreed to a multi-year partnership.

Texas A&M-Commerce and NFF-partner Under Armour announced a 10-year campus-wide partnership extension.


Former Penn State RB Michael Gasparato passed away June 27… He was 37. Former offensive lineman for the Cal Poly football teams of the late 1950s, Al Mariani passed away June 25. He was 79.. Al Jones, a 1950 Alabama graduate who attended every Iron Bowl from 1948 to 2017, passed away June 27. He was 93… Kerry Marbury, a former West Virginia football star, passed away June 23. He was 67… Ken Behring, the former owner of the Seattle Seahawks, passed away June 25. He was 91… Former Georgia Tech three-time Letterman Jack Rudolph passed away June 23. He was 82…

Former Ripon (WI) athletics director Julie Heinz-Johnson passed away June 13. She was 53… Former LSU two-way football star Ebert Van Buren passed away June 14. He was 94… Former Portland State athletics director and assistant football coach Roy Love passed away June 17. He was 82… Former Oklahoma halfback Brewster Hobby passed away June 17. He was 81… Ed Shearer, a longtime sports writer with The Associated Press who left his mark as the “SEC Seer,” a prognosticator of Southern football known throughout the nation, passed away June 24. He was 82… Former Purdue All-America defensive back John Charles passed away. He was 75… Longtime Fresno State head trainer Paul Schechter passed away. He was 75… Former Penn State and Brown assistant football coach Jim Bernhardt passed away… Former Ohio linebacker Vince Costello passed away. He was 87… Former Midwestern State (TX) football player Ryan Hyman passed away…

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NFF Key Dates

• Aug. 14-17: Third Annual Campbell Trophy® Summit at Stanford University – Stanford, California

• Aug. 19: Release of the Preseason FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll – Press Release

• Sept. 25: Announcement of the 2019 Campbell Trophy® Semifinalists – Press Release

• Oct. 30: Announcement of the 2019 Campbell Trophy® Finalists and NFF National Scholar-Athletes – Press Release

• Dec. 9: Ivy League’s Asa S. Bushnell Cup Announcement at the New York Hilton Midtown – New York City

• Dec. 10: 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown, including the induction of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the 30th presentation of The William V. Campbell Trophy® – New York City

• Dec. 11: Campbell Trophy® Luncheon at the New York Athletic Club – New York City

• Dec. 12: The Home Depot College Football Awards Show at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame – Atlanta

• January 2020: Announcement of the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class prior to College Football Playoff National Championship – New Orleans

• Jan. 13, 2020: College Football Playoff National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans

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