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 nearly 400 student-athletes while distributing over $310,000 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 will be held on Wednesday, April 12.

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Thirty-seven 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 37 student athletes at the event. From that group of 37, 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 Nathan Faciane (Lakeshore High School), Chase Jenkins (Northlake Christian School), Victor Quinonez (Brother Martin High School), McColl Simons (Metairie Park Country Day School), William "Briggs" Simpson (St Paul's School) and Alex Smith (L.W. Higgins High School). Carey Wicker, 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 businessmen were recognized for their contributions to the community and the sport of football.

Edwin R. Murray, a Louisiana Senator for the past 12 years and a former member of the House of Representatives, was recognized for his efforts to establish a Special Fund to enable the state to compete for high-level events and presented with the Contribution to Amateur Football Award. Murray's bill enabled the Allstate Sugar Bowl to successfully spearhead the region's successful bid to host the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship. A lifelong New Orleans resident and a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, Murray earned his B.A. in political science from Loyola in 1982 and his juris doctor in 1985.

Darryl Berger was presented with this year's Distinguished American honor. Berger, who for more than 30 years has been at the forefront of major real estate transactions in New Orleans, including developments on the riverfront and in the French Quarter, has served as the chairman of the Board of Tulane, the university's main governing body since 2013. A native New Orleanian, Berger earned a bachelor of arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 1969. He graduated with a juris doctor from Tulane in 1972, the same year he founded Darryl Berger Investment Corporation. In various roles at Tulane, he has been a key proponent of upgrades to the athletic programs, including the building of the new on-campus football stadium.

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
 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
 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
 1984  Capt. Joe Katz, New Orleans
 Kent McWilliams
 1983  Ben Weiner, Tulane University
 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
 1979  Pie Dufour, Writer
 John Petitbon
 1978  NA  Charles Cusimano
 1978  Marshall David, Sugar Bowl
 Andy Pilney, Tulane University
 1977  Theo Maumus, Sugar Bowl
 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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