History of the Allstate Sugar Bowl

The mission of the Allstate Sugar Bowl is to sponsor and promote amateur sporting events which will foster revenue and spark economic growth in the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana. Through all of its year-round slate of events, the organization has generated over $2.5 billion of economic impact for the city and the state in the last decade alone.

87 Years of Excellence

Allstate Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame (established 2017)

The Sugar Bowl: Preserving the Past, Ensuring the Future

Origin & Purpose of the Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl Name and Cup

Sugar Bowl Charter Club Members

Past Game Information (Year-by-Year Breakdown)

Sugar Bowl History Book 1-3-2021 (PDF)

Sugar Bowl Record Book 7-13-2020 (PDF)

All-Time Sugar Bowl Game Program Covers

Miller-Digby Award – All-Time MVPs of the Sugar Bowl

Heisman Trophy Winners in the Sugar Bowl

College Football Hall of Famers in the Sugar Bowl

No. 1 Teams in the Sugar Bowl

Top 10 Sugar Bowls of All-Time

The National Anthem at the Sugar Bowl

CFB150 – As part of the 150th anniversary of the start of college football in 2019, the Allstate Sugar Bowl highlighted 150 Stars of the Sugar Bowl.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Believes in Champions (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020)

In 2016, the Allstate Sugar Bowl posted a five-part series of features focusing on standout athletes from five different sports who went on to tremendous success following their Sugar Bowl appearances. This was followed by an additional four stories in the fall of 2017 and four more in early 2019. In 2020, the Sugar Bowl began a series of “Champions” stories focusing on alums of its annual football classic who proved themselves to be champions away from the gridiron.


Feature No. 21: Jake Gibbs, Ole Miss Football

Feature No. 20: Charles Davis, Tennessee Football

Feature No. 19: Caleb Hurd, Virginia Tech Football

Feature No. 18: Dusty Renfro, Texas Football

Feature No. 17: Wayne Messam, Florida State Football

Feature No. 16: Stephen McGuire, Miami Football

Feature No. 15: Frank Ros, Georgia Football

Feature No. 14: Haley Moore, University of Arizona

Feature No. 13: Davey O’Brien, TCU

Feature No. 12: Sean Tuohy, Newman School/Ole Miss

Feature No. 11: Aleia Hobbs, McMain High School/LSU

Feature No. 10: Shaquille O’Neal, LSU/NBA/USA Basketball

Feature No. 9: Archie Manning, Ole Miss/New Orleans Saints

Feature No. 8: Julio Jones, Foley High School/University of Alabama/NFL

Feature No. 7: Barbara Farris, St. Martin’s Episcopal/Tulane/WNBA/John Curtis Christian School

Feature No. 6: Hal Sutton, Centenary College/PGA Tour

Feature No. 5: Janice Davis, Natchez High School/Stanford University

Feature No. 4: Jemima Jelaget Sumgong, Crescent City Classic/Kenya

Feature No. 3: Patrick Mullins, Jesuit High School/University of Maryland/MLS

Feature No. 2: Bob Cousy, Holy Cross College/Boston Celtics

Feature No. 1: Derek Wolfe, University of Cincinnati/Denver Broncos

The Evolution of College Football’s Postseason (2014)

In its Official Game Program for the Jan. 2, 2014 Sugar Bowl Classic, the Allstate Sugar Bowl ran a set of stories relating to the evolution of the postseason of college football:

Part 1: The Bowls – A Historical Perspective

Part 2: The Father of the BCS

Part 3: Looking Back at the BCS

Part 4: The Allstate Sugar Bowl and the College Football Playoff

Sugar Bowl Impact (2012-13)

The Allstate Sugar Bowl posted a series of stories relating to its impact on the city of New Orleans the state of Louisiana in early 2013:

Part 1: Sweet Economics – Sugar Bowl Dollars Make Sense for New Orleans and Louisiana

Part 2: More Than Football – The Allstate Sugar Bowl is Far More Than Just a Premier Football Game

Part 3: The Revitalization of Joe Brown Park

Part 4: The House the Sugar Bowl Built – The Gateway to Big-Time Football in New Orleans

75th Anniversary Stories (2008)

What I Love About the Sugar Bowl by Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN

Defense Lifts Alabama to 1993 National Championship by Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal

Bowden’s Legendary Career Highlighted by 2000 Sugar Bowl by Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated

Vince Dooley: Walking His ‘Dogs to New Orleans by Marty Mulé, Sugar Bowl Historian

LSU Makes Major Impact on BCS and Sugar Bowl by Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com

Seventy-Five Years of Showstoppers by Marty Mulé, Sugar Bowl Historian

The Bear Still Casts a Huge Shadow on the Game by Marty Mulé, Sugar Bowl Historian

Auburn Wins 1984 Sugar Bowl, but No National Title by Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

1936 Sugar Bowl was Big for Baugh and TCU by Patricia K. Benoit, Temple Daily Telegram

Johnny Majors, a Legend of the Game by Marty Mulé, Sugar Bowl Historian

Spurrier Has Built a Sugar Bowl Legacy by Jack Hairston

Dodd Leads Georgia Tech to Three Sugar Bowls by Furman Bisher

Riding the Tennessee Special to Notre Dame by Peter Finney, New Orleans Times-Picayune

More Sugar Bowl Historical Stories

Voices of the Game – Frank Broyles and Keith Jackson by Marty Mulé for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, 9/26/08

Remembering the 1979 Goal Line Stand by Ron Higgins for SECSports.com, Sept. 2010

Notre Dame, Alabama Played Classic Game in 1973 Sugar Bowl by Paul Newberry for Associated Press, 1/7/13

Epic Battle of Opposites: Irish vs. Tide in 1973 by Bill Pennington for New York Times, 12/8/12

Catching Up With…Ed Modzelewski by Mike Klingamen for the Baltimore Sun, 10/31/13

Bobby Grier and Pitt Lost That Day, But Won So Much More by Gene Collier for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 11/2/13

Kimbrough, 1939 team made its mark as A&M’s best by Robert Cessna for the Bryan-College Station Eagle, 11/1/14

Looking Back to the First Sugar Bowl by Marty Mulé for the New Orleans Advocate, 12/4/14

Woody Hayes and Bear Bryant: An all-time coaching class at the 1978 Sugar Bowl by Marty Mulé for the New Orleans Advocate, 12/31/14

Retiring Steve Spurrier Will Always Be a Sugar Bowl Legend, October 13, 2015

Ole Miss Return to Sugar Bowl Has Rich Backstory by Will Peneguy for SportsNola.com, 12/19/15

Ole Miss Sugar Bowl Appearance is Especially Meaningful to Manning, McAllister by David Ching for ESPN.com, 12/22/15

Big 12-SEC Matchups Not New for Sugar Bowl by Marty Mule, 1/1/16

SEC Historical Spotlight – Steve Spurrier by Ted Lewis, 1/2/17

Big 12 Historical Spotlight – Bud Wilkinson by Ted Lewis, 1/2/17

Remembering Marty Mulé, Sugar Bowl Historian by Ted Lewis, 1/2/17

Frank Broyles: A Sugar Bowl Legend by Ted Lewis, 1/1/18

SEC Historical Spotlight: Raymond Brown by Ted Lewis, 1/1/19

Big 12 Historical Spotlight: Davey O’Brien by Ted Lewis, 1/1/19

Paul Hoolahan: At the Top of the Game by Trey Iles, 1/1/19

Loss of Arm Never Slowed Sugar Bowler Ellis Jones by Jordan Hofeditz for Abilene Reporter-News, 5/2/19

SEC Historical Spotlight: Vince Dooley by Ted Lewis, 1/1/20

Big 12 Historical Spotlight: Darrell Royal by Ted Lewis, 1/1/20

Building Tradition on Tradition: The Big 12, the SEC and the Sugar Bowl by Trey Iles, 1/1/20

For the Teachers: The Sugar Bowl Benefits Local Educators by Trey Iles, 1/1/20

New Orleans Successfully Hosts CFP National Championship by Trey Iles, 1/20/20

Phil Brady Remembers Fake Punt from ’06 Sugar Bowl by Joe Brocato, WV Metro News, June 3, 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic by Trey Iles, 12/17/20

Sugar Bowl Committee Members

The Voice of the Sugar Bowl – Jerry Romig by Trey Iles, 1/1/16

Father-Son Days at the Sugar Bowl by Trey Iles, 1/1/16

A Lifetime of Service – Sam Corenswet by Trey Iles, 1/2/17

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