The Allstate Sugar Bowl Believes in Champions – Sean Tuohy
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Sean Tuohy is a very successful businessman in the Memphis area – his company, RGT Management, Inc., which he founded in 1987, owns and operates over 100 restaurants, including Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Long John Silver’s. Despite that success, he is possibly most widely-known as the father portrayed by Tim McGraw in the movie The Blind Side.
Tuohy is another fine example of a young man with Sugar Bowl experiences that went on to outstanding success – whether it be in the playing arena or in the real-world.
A New Orleans native, Tuohy is the son of the late Skeets Tuohy, a legendary basketball coach at Isidore Newman School and a member of the Allstate Sugar Bowl’s Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. As a star prep player, the younger Tuohy played one year for his father at Newman before Billy Fitzgerald, another Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Famer, took over the program. Sean developed into a two-time all-state selection, averaging 24.8 points per game as a senior and earning MVP honors at the prestigious New Orleans CYO Tournament, now sponsored by the Sugar Bowl.
The standout point guard went on to star at Ole Miss where he led the SEC in assists for four straight years – he is one of just two players to lead the conference in any statistical category for four years and he remains the league’s all-time assist leader with 830. In addition to captaining the Rebels to their first SEC basketball tournament championship in 1981, he also helped the team win the 1979 Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament, earning all-tournament honors after wins over Michigan and Tulane.
“I’ve been lucky to win many trophies and many plaques throughout my athletic career both at Newman and at Ole Miss but I only hang three on my office wall: my high school state championship, my SEC Championship all-tournament team plaque, and the third one is the Sugar Bowl all-tournament team plaque. Playing a game in front of my family and friends is still one of the biggest thrills of mine and I owe it all to the Sugar Bowl basketball tournament.”
Tuohy, who is also a broadcaster for the Memphis Grizzlies, and his wife, Leigh Anne, established their charity, The Making it Happen Foundation which promotes awareness, provides hope and improves standards of living for all the children fighting to survive in the invisible cracks in society.
“The Sugar Bowl is always proud to see alumni of our amateur athletic events go on to further success,” Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan said. “Whether it be further success in sports, success as a philanthropist or success in business, it is always rewarding to us. And Sean Tuohy has seen success in all of those endeavors.”
From its earliest years, the Sugar Bowl Committee has been honored to provide opportunities for young athletes from around the country, athletes like Sean Tuohy. That’s because, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl, We Believe in Champions.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Believes in Champions
Champions have long defined the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The list of Hall of Fame athletes who have competed in the annual contest is staggering. But the list of champions extends well past the football game. Since its inception in 1934, the Allstate Sugar Bowl has given opportunities to young athletes in many amateur sporting events.
In late 2016, the Allstate Sugar Bowl published stories on five athletes who competed in Sugar Bowl events and then went on to excellence after their New Orleans’ experiences.
Feature No. 1: Derek Wolfe, Football
Feature No. 2: Bob Cousy, Basketball
Feature No. 3: Patrick Mullins, Soccer
Feature No. 4: Jemima Jelaget Sumgong, Road Racing
Feature No. 5: Janice Davis, Track & Field
This was followed by four additional stories in the fall of 2017.
Feature No. 6: Hal Sutton, Golf
Feature No. 7: Barbara Farris, Basketball
Feature No. 8: Julio Jones, Football/Track & Field
Feature No. 9: Archie Manning, Football
The spring of 2019 brought another segment of featured “Champions”:
Feature No. 10: Shaquille O’Neal, Basketball
Feature No. 11: Aleia Hobbs, Track & Field
Feature No. 12: Sean Tuohy, Basketball
Feature No. 13: Davey O’Brien, Football
Feature No. 14: Haley Moore, Golf