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.
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.