Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame

In January of 2000, the Sugar Bowl Committee took over the title sponsorship of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Included in the Bowl’s sponsorship of the chapter is the administration of an annual awards banquet held each spring to honor deserving high school football scholar athletes from the metropolitan area. Since 2000, the Sugar Bowl has recognized nearly 500 student-athletes while distributing over $500,000 in scholarship money. To become a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, please click here.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Scholar-Athlete recognition event was significantly different. Each of the 26 individual scholar-athletes were featured on social media while five scholarships were presented via an online Zoom call on Wednesday, May 6. The Zoom call featured Sugar Bowl Committee member Michael Christovich providing background on the Bowl’s relationship with the NFF; and Archie Manning, a Sugar Bowl Committee member and the chairman of the NFF, introducing five representatives of this year’s class of scholar-athletes. That was followed by Sugar Bowl President Ralph Capitelli officially announcing the awarding of the scholarships. Four young men received $10,000 scholarships while one was presented with the inaugural Oliver Delery Scholarship in the amount of $20,000. Oliver Delery was a longtime member of the Sugar Bowl Committee who passed away this past January. He was the youngest president of the organization (1996-97) and remained very active on a wide-range of committees, helping keep the Sugar Bowl at the top of the college football world.

Alfredo Avendano Salcedo from East Jefferson High School was the recipient of the $20,000 Oliver Delery Scholarship, while $10,000 scholarships were awarded to Robert Hudson III (De La Salle High School), Carter Ledbetter (Fontainebleau High School), Austin McCready (John Curtis Christian School) and Noah St. Pierre (Thomas Jefferson High School).

In typical years, the Allstate Sugar Bowl would recognize also honor local leaders with awards in recognition of their contributions to the community and the sport of football. These awards were not presented in 2020.

Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the NFF/CFHOF Special Awards

 Contributions to Amateur Football
 Distinguished American
 2020  None (COVID-19)  None (COVID-19)
 2019  Gayle Benson, New Orleans Saints  Paul Hoolahan, Allstate Sugar Bowl
 2018  Alan Freeman, SMG  Steve Gleason, New Orleans Saints
 2017  Marty Mulé, Sportswriter/Author  Marshall Faulk, Carver High/NFL
 2016  Edwin Murray, Louisiana Senator  Darryl Berger, Tulane/New Orleans
 2015  Karl Benson, Sun Belt Conference  Jack Laborde, Sugar Bowl Committee
 2014  Jim Henderson, Sports Broadcaster  Dennis Lauscha, New Orleans Saints
 2013  J.T. Curtis, John Curtis School  Elliott Hill, Nike North America
 2012  Vince Gibson, Tulane University  Elliott Laudeman, Sugar Bowl Committee
 2011  Bill Curl, Louisiana Superdome  Doug Hertz, Tulane University
 2010  Bill Bumgarner, Sportswriter  Mickey Loomis, New Orleans Saints
 2009  Wright Waters, Sun Belt Conference  Doug Thornton, SMG (Louisiana Superdome)
 2008  Jerry Romig, Saints/Sugar Bowl  Tony Biagas, New Orleans City Park
 2007  Skip Bertman, Louisiana State  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
 2006  NA  NA
 2005  Rick Dickson, Tulane University  Jerry Ebbert, New Orleans Homeland Security
 2004  Archie Manning, NFF/Sugar Bowl  Peter Finney, Times-Picayune
 2003  Don Wattigny, Edna Karr H.S.  Tommy Henry, LHSAA
 2002  NA  NA
 2001  Ken Trahan, Sports Reporter  Gene Newton
 2000  Ed Daniels, WGNO-TV  Tom Benson, New Orleans Saints
 1999  Edward Bravo  Paul Buckley, Hilton
 1998  Leonard Reis  James Wilson, Tulane University
 1997  Bobby Conlin, Brother Martin HS  William Ross
 1996  Jack Salter, Covington HS  Larry Lundy
 1995  Rev. John T. Curtis, Sr., Curtis School  Jim Mora, New Orleans Saints
 1994  Roy Glapion, N.O. Public Schools  Tony Reginelli, Newman HS
 1993  Otis Washington, St. Aug HS  Pat Taylor
 1990  NA  Bob Roesler, Times-Picayune
 1986  Shelby Fredrichs, Southern Yacht Club  Tony Porter
 1984  Champ Clark, Sportswriter  NA
 1984  Capt. Joe Katz, New Orleans  Kent McWilliams
 1983  Ben Weiner, Tulane University  NA
 1983  George Kalil, N.O. QB Club  Stan Kotteman, Tulane/Official/QB Club
 1982  Hap Glaudi, Sports Reporter  Kenny Konz
 1981  Armand Kitto  Hank Lauricella, Louisiana Legislator
 1980  John Lynch  Jim Taylor
 1979  A.B. Nicholas  NA
 1979  Pie Dufour, Writer  John Petitbon
 1978  NA  Charles Cusimano
 1978  Marshall David, Sugar Bowl  Andy Pilney, Tulane University
 1977  Theo Maumus, Sugar Bowl  NA
 1977  Sam Corenswet, Sugar Bowl  Hank Lauricella, Louisiana Legislator
 1976  Cliff Kern, Sugar Bowl  Dr. Rix Yard, Tulane University
 1971  Ike Carriere  Lester Lautenschlaeger
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