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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

 Year
 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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