Allstate Sugar Bowl to Host 10th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute park
The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced on Monday that the Allstate Sugar Bowl will host the 10th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute. The event will honor the newest class of College Football Hall of Fame inductees on the field during the pregame festivities of the 81st edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, which will take place Jan. 1, 2015 and serve as one of the semifinal games in the new College Football Playoff postseason format. The event will mark the fourth time that the Allstate Sugar Bowl has hosted the NFF National Hall of Fame Salute.
"We are excited to welcome this year's College Football Hall of Fame inductees to the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the great city of New Orleans," said Judge Dennis Waldron, president of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee. "Their presence significantly adds to our year-end celebration of college football and its rich history and pageantry."
The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 1, 2015 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and the game will be televised on ESPN. This year's game is the 81st edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, and the first time the game will serve as a semifinal game in the College Football Playoff.
"The Allstate Sugar Bowl remains one of the premier events in all of college football, and we are proud to partner with them in shining a light on this year's Hall of Fame Class as we enter the new era of the College Football Playoff," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The leadership of Judge Waldron, Paul Hoolahan, NFF Chairman Archie Manning and the entire Allstate Sugar Bowl family provides a powerful platform to further showcase the careers of the best the college gridiron has ever seen."
The National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl will highlight the outstanding careers of 14 players and two coaches who established themselves among the greatest to ever set foot on the college gridiron. The group will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The hall of famers will participate in the pregame festivities, including an introduction on the field in front of an anticipated sellout crowd. In addition to the celebration on the field before the game, the hall of famers will partake in a variety of activities throughout the city of New Orleans. The inductees' accomplishments will also be forever immortalized in the new $66.5 million College Football Hall of Fame, currently under construction in Atlanta and scheduled to open August, 23, 2014 to the public.
"An invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl stands among the greatest achievements that a college team can achieve," said Manning, a 1989 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame who played for Ole Miss and was the 1970 Sugar Bowl MVP in a 27-22 victory against Arkansas. "And for 81 years, the Sugar Bowl has produced some of the greatest memories in college football history. Celebrating the College Football Hall of Fame Class adds to the Sugar Bowl's powerful legacy as a crucible for the history of our great sport."
2014 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
- DRE BLY – DB, North Carolina (1996-98)
- TONY BOSELLI – OT, Southern California (1991-94)
- DAVE BUTZ – DT, Purdue (1970-72)
- SHANE CONLAN – LB, Penn State (1983-86)
- JOE HAMILTON – QB, Georgia Tech (1996-99)
- JOHN HUARD – LB, Maine (1964-66)
- DARRIN NELSON – HB, Stanford (1977-78, 1980-81)
- WILLIE ROAF – OL, Louisiana Tech (1989-92)
- JOHN SCIARRA – QB, UCLA (1972-75)
- STERLING SHARPE – WR, South Carolina (1983, 1985-87)
- LEONARD SMITH – CB, McNeese State (1980-82)
- DERRICK THOMAS (deceased) – LB, Alabama (1985-88)
- LaDAINIAN TOMLINSON – TB, TCU (1997-00)
- WESLEY WALLS – TE, Mississippi (1985-88)
- MIKE BELLOTTI – 137-80-2 (63%); Chico State (Calif.) (1984-88) and Oregon (1995-08)
- JERRY MOORE – 242-135-2 (64.1%); North Texas (1979-80), Texas Tech (1981-85) and Appalachian State (1989-12)
Since the establishment of the Sugar Bowl in 1935, the New Orleans classic has featured 132 future members of the College Football Hall of Fame (86 players, 46 coaches). Click here for a full list of College Football Hall of Fame inductees who have participated in the Sugar Bowl.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will host the 10th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute on Jan. 1, 2015. The ninth Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute was hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2014, honoring the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame Class, which included (L-R): Ted Brown (North Carolina State), Tedy Bruschi (Arizona), Jerry Gray (Texas), Tommie Frazier (Nebraska), Orlando Pace (Ohio State), Myron Shoate (representing his brother the late Rod Shoate from Oklahoma), Danny Wuerffel (Florida), Don Trull (Baylor) and Steve Meilinger (Kentucky).
About the Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier bowl games in the country, having hosted 23 national champions, 86 Hall of Fame players, 46 Hall of Fame coaches and 15 Heisman Trophy winners in its 80-year history. The 81st edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic on Jan. 1, 2015 will also serve as one of the first semifinal games in the new College Football Playoff postseason format. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee is involved with various community initiatives through hosting and sponsorships of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year, while injecting more than $2 billion into the local economy in the last decade.
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 the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF High School Showcases, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF Faculty Salute Initiative presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF also collaborates with the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to release the FWAA-NFF Grantland Rice Super 16 Poll; presents the William V. Campbell Trophy endowed by HealthSouth and hosted at the New York Athletic Club; and bestows several other major awards at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner. NFF corporate partners include the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.