Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of FameIn 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 over 400 student-athletes while distributing over $370,000 in scholarship money. Sugar Bowl Member Archie Manning is the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. To become a member of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, please click here.

The 2017 Scholar-Athlete Luncheon was held on Wednesday, April 12.

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Thirty-five local high school football players were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and on the football field. The honorees were chosen from a group of nominated talented scholar athletes from the New Orleans area. Archie Manning, the national chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, recognized each of the 35 student athletes at the event. From that group of 35, six were selected to receive Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholarships for $10,000 each. The scholarship winners were chosen based on essays submitted after being notified of their selection as scholar-athletes.

The six scholarship winners were Earnest Guidry (Fisher High School), Chase LeMaire (Fontainebleau High School), Joshua Sauviac (Jesuit High School), Jordan Scott (Thomas Jefferson High School), Jamie Sencial (Northlake Christian School) and Alex Siragusa (Chalmette High School). Stanley Cohn, the President of the Sugar Bowl Committee, recapped their accomplishments and referenced their winning essays prior to presenting each scholarship winner with a commemorative check.

In addition to the high school honorees, two local men were recognized for their contributions to the community and the sport of football.

Marty Mulé, an esteemed Louisiana journalist for over 30 years prior to his passing in March of last year, was posthumously presented with the Contributions to Amateur Football Award. His grandson Joseph Strohmeyer accepted the honor. Mulé was named Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year 14 times while also writing eight books - all of which related to amateur football. He was also presented the Distinguished Service in Journalism Award, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame's highest honor for journalists. Two of his books were histories of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, an organization for which he was known as its unofficial historian. A native of New Orleans' Irish Channel, Mulé graduated from Redemptorist High School and LSU, where he earned a degree in journalism.

Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Marshall Faulk was presented with the Distinguished American Award. His sensational NFL career, which followed a record-breaking college career at San Diego State, included a Super Bowl Championship, a league MVP honor and seven Pro Bowl selections. He first became a national name during a record-breaking college football career at San Diego State. Before being a national star, Faulk was an outstanding football player at George Washington Carver High School; and he has never forgotten his roots. Always a strong supporter of the city of New Orleans, he continues to be an integral part of the efforts to bring a state-of-the-art football stadium to Carver High, located in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

2017: Another Strong Class of Honorees at Allstate Sugar Bowl Scholar-Athlete Luncheon
2016: Allstate Sugar Bowl and NFF Host Annual High School Football Awards Luncheon
2015: Thirty-Three Local Football Standouts Recognized at Superdome Event
2014: Scholarships Highlight Allstate Sugar Bowl/NFF Honors Luncheon
2013: Allstate Sugar Bowl and NFF Honor 34 Local Scholar-Athletes
2012: Thirty-Four Local Scholar-Athletes Honored by Sugar Bowl and NFF
2011: Allstate Sugar Bowl and NFF Honor 35 Scholar-Athletes
2010: NFF Honors Local High School Football Players
2009: Talented Class of Honorees at 2009 NFF/College Football Hall of Fame Luncheon
2008: Nineteen Honored at 2008 Football Foundation Luncheon
2007: Sugar Bowl Honors Standouts at 2007 NFF Awards Luncheon
2006: No class recognized due to Hurricane Katrina
2005: Listing of the 2004-05 NFF Scholar Athletes
2004: Listing of the 2003-04 NFF Scholar Athletes
2003: Listing of the 2002-03 NFF Scholar-Athletes
2002: Listing of the 2001-02 NFF Scholar-Athletes
2001: Listing of the 2000-01 NFF Scholar-Athletes

Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter of the NFF/CFHOF Special Awards

 Year  Contributions to Amateur Football
 Distinguished American
 2017 Marty Mulé, Sportswriter/Authot
 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