NFF Board Member and Intuit Chairman Bill Campbell
received a special framed flag from a group of U.S. Navy SEALs for his assistance in helping them during a weekend of training on the leadership and management techniques used in Silicon Valley and the military.
1959 College Football Hall of Fame Charlie Trippi
the cover of the April 22 USA Today
sports section in a story by Dan Wolken as the oldest living No. 1 NFL Draft pick. Trippi, a long-time member of the NFF University of Georgia Chapter in Athens, proudly sported his National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame golf shirt in the photo.
Several members of the 2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments, will be selected during the NFL Draft April 25-27. In the past, as many as 11 members of the class have been drafted. This year’s class includes Matt Barkley
of Southern California, Rex Burkhead
of Nebraska, Cody Davis
of Texas Tech, Nick Driskill
of Mount Union (Ohio), Nick Florence
of Baylor, Nabal Jefferson
of Northern Illinois, Campbell Trophy winner Barrett Jones
of Alabama, Aaron Mullane
of West Texas A&M, Ryan Nassib
of Syracuse, Nolan Nearhoff
of Robert Morris, Ethan Peterson
of MIT, Sean Renfree
of Duke, Manti Te’o
of Notre Dame, Patrick Ward
of Northwestern and Shane Zackery
of Saint Xavier (Ill.).
2012 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Sean Renfree
(Duke) was named
the recipient of the University Scholar Athlete award by the NFF Bill Dooley Triangle East Chapter of North Carolina April 22 at the organization’s annual award banquet held on the N.C. State University campus in Raleigh.
Hall of Famers Bobby Bell
(Minnesota), Jim Christopherson
(Concordia, Minn.), Mike Favor
(North Dakota State), John Gagliardi
(Carroll, Mont.; St. John’s, Minn.), Randall McDaniel
(Arizona State), John Randle
(Texas A&M-Kingsville), Jeff Siemon
(Stanford), Gene Washington
(Michigan State) and Paul Wiggin
(Stanford) will attend
the Minnesota Chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Banquet April 28 at the University of St. Thomas. Former Gopher wide receiver Conner Cosgrove will be presented
with the Courage Award, after his 2010 leukemia diagnosis ended his football career at Minnesota. The 1963 St. John’s football team will be awarded
the Murray Warmath Legendary Team Award after going 10-0 and winning the NAIA national championship… The NFF Southeastern Connecticut Chapter will honor 16 scholar-athletes April 28…
The 9th Annual Pat’s Run, named in honor of 2010 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Pat Tillman
(Arizona State) who also claimed the NFF Distinguished American Award in 2006, will take place April 20 in Tempe, Ariz. Click to register
The NFF banquet is one of the premiere events that any young man and his family could possibly experience. It is done with great thought and professionalism. I am always honored to have my players and myself given the opportunity to be at this great event. I know there is a lot of time and thought put into this night and can tell you it is something that all involved with take with them for the rest of their lives. I hope this event is never taken for granted so that it will be here for a very long time.
Coach Bobby Barnes Head Football Coach Buckeye Union H.S.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona football program signed 18 student-athletes who committed to attend school and play football for the Lumberjack program, Head Coach Jerome Souers announced Wednesday.
“It was important that this signing class reflect balance and that the candidates that we did sign were able to contribute to make a difference,” said Head Coach Jerome Souers.
“The talent level and the character of the class fit our profile of what defines success of a Northern Arizona University football player. You are not just a high-performing athlete on the field, but are going to perform well in the classroom and be an exceptional leader in the community. We did well both in state and regionally and went to both coasts to find what we needed for our class in 2013.”
The 2013 NAU football signing class includes seven in-state products, including Chandler (Ariz.) HS tight end Patrick Baldenegro, Desert Vista HS defensive lineman Lorenzo Melvin, Chandler HS offensive lineman Tyler Shank and Notre Dame Prep cornerback Maurice White.
“Maurice White was an early commitment for us and set the tone for the class,” said Souers. “He is a tremendous athlete and competitor and is one of the best corners we have recruited in my time at Northern Arizona University. It is rare to find a player with his ball skills.”
Melvin was an all-state first-team selection and All-24/7 first team choice, recorded 98 tackles and 11.5 sacks as a senior.
“He gives us a speed rusher that can make a difference on a defense on the outside,” said Souers. “He is great pursuit player and is a tremendous student-athlete.”
Shank did not allow a sack and recorded 92 pancakes during his senior season. Baldenegro was an all-state tight end and one of the top scholar-athletes in the state as evident by his selection to the National Football Foundation Valley of the Sun Chapter Scholar-Athlete first team.
“We helped ourselves out on the line of scrimmage with Tyler Shank,” said Souers. “He is a road grader and very physical. He comes from an outstanding winning program. Shank and Baldenegro will be a boost to the future on the offensive line.”
NAU also added Marcos de Niza HS linebacker Derek Craig, Kingman (Ariz.) HS defensive tackle John Herrero and Gilbert’s Campo Verde tight end Bridger Rodoni from Arizona.
The Lumberjacks inked eight players from the state of California, including Bakersfield (Calif.) Liberty HS product Corbin Jountii and West Covina South Hills HS offensive lineman Riley Deen.
Souers also reached into the Northwest to sign Skyview HS linebacker Jabari Marshall and Idaho wide receiver Marc Cooper.
“We have a profile of what we are looking for and sometimes that does not fit in your backyard,” said Souers.
NAU also signed Lake City (Fla.) product Javere Smith, who was a standout at Columbia High School.
“Javere plays a very competitive level of football and comes from an exceptional program. He understands the sacrifice it takes to play great defense. He is an impact defensive lineman. He might be the most versatile guy we have signed in
The Northern Arizona staff started with a database that included 4,000 players and over 1,000 hours of video. They conducted 963 high school visits and 107 home visits since the signing date last year to help recruit the 2013 class.
NAU signed eight players on offense, including two offensive linemen, two tight ends, two wide receivers and a running back and quarterback. On defense, Souers added four defensive lineman, two safeties, two cornerback and two linebackers among 10 players.
“I really am thrilled with the effort the staff put out in recruiting,” said Souers. “They worked very hard from the beginning of identifying our needs and setting up our filters. With the fewer number of scholarships this year, there was lot of pressure to make perfect decisions. They did a good job of finding guys that will flourish in our program.”
The Lumberjacks are coming off an 8-3 season in 2012 and return 18 starters in 2013.
2013 Northern Arizona Football Recruiting Class
Patrick Baldenegro, TE, 6-5, 215, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler)
Delvin Batiste, CB 5-11, 180, Upland, Calif. (Upland)
Marc Cooper, WR, 6-0, 185, Eagle, Idaho (Eagle)
Derek Craig, LB, 6-0, 220, Tempe, Ariz. (Marcos de Niza)
Riley Deen, OL, 6-6, 275, West Covina, Calif. (South Hills)
Pete Denham, QB, 6-0, 195, Auburn, Calif. (Placer)
John Herrero, DT, 6-4, 260, Kingman, Ariz. (Kingman)*
Corbin Jountti, RB, 5-11, 202, Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty)
Ryshaud Keegan, WR, 5-10, 171, Oceanside, Calif. (Oceanside)
Ronnie Manning, S, Jr., 5-10, 180, Fresno, Calif. (Edison)
Jabari Marshall, LB, 6-1, 210, Vancouver, Wash. (Skyview)
Lorenzo Melvin, DE, 6-2, 230, Maricopa, Ariz. (Desert Vista)
Bridger Rodoni, TE, 6-3, 243, Gilbert, Ariz. (Campo Verde)*
Tyler Shank, OL, 6-3, 307, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler)
Javere Smith, DE/DT, 6-2, 235, Lake City, Fla. (Columbia)
Brandon Stubblefield, FS, 5-11, 190, Fontana, Calif. (Summit)*
Mo White II, CB, 5-11,175, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Notre Dame Prep)
Deon Young, DT, 6-1, 285, Inglewood, Calif. (Culver City)
*Plans to enroll at Northern Arizona University
Grant Martinez - Notre Dame Prep
Sun Devil Football Signs 27 Student-Athletes on National Signing Day
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University has signed 27 student-athletes to national letters of intent Wednesday to study and participate in football, head coach Todd Graham announced.
Coach Graham’s second signing class at ASU provides the Sun Devils with excellent talent on offense, defense and special teams and includes players from multiple states across the country.
The class consists of 16 freshmen, five sophomores and six juniors. Four of the student-athletes are midyear transfers already on campus that will participate in spring practice.
ASU’S 2013 Signing Class Includes:
• Student-athletes from nine different home states (Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Ohio,
• Nine players rated in the top-40 at their position as high school recruits: Chans Cox, No. 1 Fullback, Scout.com; Christian Westerman, No. 2 Offensive Tackle, ESPN (2011); Viliami Latu, No. 13 Inside Linebacker, Rivals.com; Matt Haack, No. 15 Kicker, Rivals.com; Marcus Ball, No. 24 Athlete, Rivals.com; James Johnson, No. 24 Safety, ESPN; Corey Smith, No. 33 Weakside Defensive End, Rivals.com; Jayme Otomewo, No. 34 Safety, ESPN; William Earley, No. 37 Cornerback, Scout.com.
• Six transfers rated in the nation’s top-100 overall junior college prospects: DL Marcus Hardison (No. 5, ESPN), WR Jaelen Strong (No. 17, ESPN), LB Antonio Longino (No. 32, Rivals.com), WR Joseph Morris (No. 61, ESPN), TE De’Marieya Nelson (No. 78, ESPN), OL Nick Kelly (No. 95, Rivals.com).
• Four Arizona natives: Cox, DL Kisima Jagne, TE Grant Martinez, Westerman; including the most highly-rated offensive recruit from Arizona in over a decade (Westerman, Scout.com).
• Four junior college transfers with three years of playing eligibility: Kelly, Longino, DB Solomon Means, Strong.
• Sixteen defensive players, 10 offensive players and one specialist.
• Six defensive backs, five defensive linemen, five linebackers, five wide receivers, three offensive linemen, two tight ends and one punter.
• Four midyear transfers: Cox, Jagne, Kelly, Westerman
Name Pos. Year Height Weight Hometown/Last School
Marcus Ball S FR 6-3 205 Westerville, Ohio/Westerville-South HS
Nick Begg DE FR 6-5 250 Santa Margarita, Calif./Rancho Santa Margarita HS
Demetrius Cherry DL JR 6-6 275 Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof Middle HS/Contra Costa College
Chans Cox LB FR 6-3 230 Lakeside, Ariz./Blue Ridge HS
William Earley CB FR 6-1 200 Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite HS
Eriquel Florence LB JR 6-1 235 Valley, Ala./Valley HS/Contra Costa College
Matt Haack P FR 6-1 185 West Des Moines, Iowa/Dowling HS
Marcus Hardison DL JR 6-5 290 Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS/Dodge City CC
Kisima Jagne DL FR 6-5 265 Chandler, Ariz./Chandler HS
Ellis Jefferson WR FR 6-4 200 Denton, Texas/Guyer HS
James Johnson S FR 6-2 200 Upland, Calif./Upland HS
Nick Kelly OL SO 6-3 280 Orangevale, Calif./Casa Roble HS/American River College
Alani Latu LB FR 6-2 230 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga HS
Viliami Latu LB FR 6-2 230 Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga HS
Ronald Lewis WR FR 6-0 185 Harvey, La./West Jefferson HS
Antonio Longino LB RS SO 6-3 225 East Cleveland, Ohio/Shaw HS/Hutchinson CC
Grant Martinez TE FR 6-5 210 Scottsdale, Ariz./Notre Dame Prep
Solomon Means DB RS SO 6-1 170 Stockton, Calif./Lincoln HS/Butte College
Joseph Morris WR JR 6-4 200 West Palm Beach, Fla./American Heritage HS/Pierce College
De’Marieya Nelson TE RS JR 6-3 230 Stockton, Calif./Chavez Senior HS/San Joaquin Delta College
Jayme Otomewo S FR 6-2 190 Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey HS
Jack Powers OL FR 6-6 260 Salinas, Calif./Palma HS
Damarious Randall DB RS JR 6-0 185 Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola HS/Mesa CC
Cameron Smith WR FR 6-0 185 Coppell, Texas/Coppell HS
Corey Smith DL FR 6-7 260 New Orleans, La./O.Perry Walker School
Jaelen Strong WR RS SO 6-4 205 Philadelphia, Pa./West Philadelphia Catholic HS/Pierce College
Christian Westerman OL RS SO 6-4 303 Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton HS/Auburn
Thanks to Mark Brand
Arizona State University
Northern Arizona football fullback Jake Hess will join Arizona State linebacker Brandon Johnson headlining the 2013 NFF Scholar Athlete Class by the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the National Football Foundation at the 32nd Annual Chapter Awards Banquet, March 2, 2013, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
“It is a great honor because I have made my family proud,” said Hess. “I put in a lot of hard work in the classroom and it has paid off.”
Hess, a product of Reno, Nev., received the David Couture Award as the Most Inspirational Player on the offensive unit in 2012. He was named to the Sports Network (Third Team), Beyond Sports Network (Third Team) and College Sports Journal (Honorable Mention) All-America teams after leading the way for Walter Payton Award finalist Zach Bauman, who rushed for 1,182 yards, the seventh-best total in school history. He had nine carries for 52 yards on the season.
Hess was a 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 8 selection and a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. He was also one of 54 student-athletes named to the 15th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team presented by KP Sports.
They will be honored with the top 33 high school football scholar athletes, representing central and northern Arizona. Each athlete was nominated by his high school coach for exemplary performance in academics, honors and accomplishments in football, and an exceptional commitment to school activities, and community service and volunteerism.
Hess is majoring in psychology and has a 3.55 grade point average. He is scheduled to graduate in May and plans to attend graduate school.
Per ASU Sports Information:The National Football Foundation recognizes student-athletes who excel on the field, in the classroom and in the community TEMPE, Ariz. -
Arizona State University football student-athletes Brandon Johnson
and Deveron Carr
have both been named National Football Foundation Valley of the Sun Chapter College Scholar Athletes for the class of 2013, the NFF announced Wednesday.
Johnson, chosen as the Valley of the Sun Chapter Top College Football Scholar Athlete, will receive a postgraduate scholarship from Fiesta Bowl Charities. He will be recognized and celebrated at the 32nd Annual NFF Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 2, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.
Carr, who is the sole recipient of the Scholar Athlete Coach's Nominee Honorable Mention, will also be recognized at the NFF Awards Banquet.
A three-time letterwinner, Johnson began his Sun Devil career as a walk-on before being awarded a scholarship in the summer of 2012. He graduated Cum Laude in fall 2012 with a degree in sociology after he played in 34 career games at linebacker and on special teams, including 11 this past season. He is a two-time Academic All-Conference honoree, earning a First Team Academic All-Pac-12 nod in 2012 and Academic All-Pac-10 honorable mention recognition in 2010.
Carr earned his degree in BIS Interdisciplinary Studies (Family and Justice Studies) in May 2012 and notched over a 4.0 in his graduate studies this past semester. He is a four-year letterman that started every game the past two seasons at cornerback and finished his career with 86 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 42 games. Carr led the team in pass breakups with 10 in 2011 and ranked second in 2012 with eight.
Both Carr and Johnson were involved in the community throughout their Sun Devil careers, from volunteering at local schools and community centers to helping out at Pat's Run and Race for the Cure. ASU's National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes
2013 - Brandon Johnson
2013 - Deveron Carr
2012 - Aaron Pflugrad
2011 - Thomas Weber
2010 - Mike Nixon
2009 - Troy Nolan
2008 - Michael Marquardt
2007 - Jason Burke
2006 - Chad Christensen
2005 - Grayling Love
2004 - Skyler Fulton
2003 - Mike Barth
2002 - Nick Murphy
2001 - Mike Aguirre
1997 - Damien Richardson
1996 - Kirk Robertson
1995 - Justin Dragoo
1993 - Toby Mills
1992 - Adam Brass
1990 - Drew Metcalfe
1989 - Mark Tingstad
1978 - Chris Mott
1966 - Ken Dyer --www.thesundevils.com--
College Football Hall of Fame Set to Break Ground in Atlanta
With Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed
, NFF Chairman Archie Manning
, and NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell
in attendance, The National Football Foundation and Atlanta Hall Management announced Dec. 31 that the new College Football Hall of Fame would be an active construction site by Jan. 28, 2013, with plans for completion in fall 2014. The $66.5 million and 94,256 square foot project will create a new destination for college football fans nationwide. Situated in the heart of Atlanta’s tourism and convention district, the attraction will be adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome and Omni Hotel at CNN Center, and just steps from Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium and the future National Center for Civil and
Human Rights. Click here
to learn more.Alabama Claims a Record 7th NFF MacArthur Bowl
The National Football Foundation (NFF) presented the NFF MacArthur Bowl Championship Trophy to Alabama (13-1) as their prize for
their 42-14 victory against Notre Dame (12-1) Jan. 7 in the Discover BCS National Championship Game. The game attracted 80,120 fans, a record crowd for Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., with 26.4 million viewers watching at home, or a 9 percent increase in viewers from last year's title game.
NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell
, handed the national championship trophy to Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
and Alabama Athletics Director Mal Moore
, who accepted the prize on behalf of the Crimson Tide at a Jan. 8 press conference at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale. Led by 2012 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy recipient and Alabama center Barrett Jones
the Crimson Tide has now won the award two more times than any other team in history.
An anonymous donor commissioned Tiffany & Co. to craft the unique trophy in 1959 from 400 ounces of silver in honor of General Douglas A. MacArthur, who played an early leadership role in the founding of the NFF. Click here
information. Orange Bowl Hosts the 15th BCS National Championship
The Orange Bowl Committee, supported by their sponsor Discover, hosted the 15th Annual BCS National Championship Game Jan. 7 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Led by Orange Bowl Committee President and Chairman O. Ford Gibson
and CEO Eric Poms
, the organization welcomed the world of college football to South Florida for sport’s signature event.
In addition to hospital visits by the teams and a variety of other community events to expose fans to the virtues of the region, the organization held a ribbon cutting ceremony, opening the new Orange Bowl Field at Carter Park. A $3 million partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale, the completion of the project marked the opening of a facility that will benefit the thousands of underprivileged children who participate in various athletic leagues, after school programs and summer camps in the area. The improvements to the facility include a synthetic turf football field, bleachers, a new scoreboard, and a new state-of-the-art eight lane regulation track and accompanying individual track & field event areas. NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell
and COO Matthew Sign
represented the National Football Foundation at the event. NFF Board Member and SEC Commissioner Mike Slive
, Notre Dame Athletics Director Jack Swarbrick
ACC Commissioner John Swofford
, and BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock
also attended the event.
also joined Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco
in presenting an $82,120 check ($1 for each fan in attendance at the Discover
BCS Championship Game on Monday night) to the University of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook School Memorial Scholarship Fund, which honors those who died in the tragic shooting in Newtown. UConn Athletics Director Warde Manuel
accepted the check on the field during the game on behalf of the fund.
The NFF would like to thank Gibson, Poms, Vice President for Communications and Community Outreach Larry Wahl,
entire Orange Bowl Committee and staff for their leadership, hospitality and assistance during the events. NFF Presents Divisional Championship Trophies at AFCA Convention
In front of more than 1,500 coaches at the 2013 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Annual Convention in Nashville,
Tenn., on Jan. 7, NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush
presented the NFF divisional national championship trophies to the coaches of the 2012 winning teams: North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl
for the FCS division, Valdosta State (Ga.) coach David Dean
for Division II, Mount Union (Ohio) coach Larry Kehres
for Division III, and Marian (Ind.) coach Ted Karras, Jr.,
NAIA. Click here
for more information. Liberty Mutual Announces the 2012 Coach of the Year Winners
Liberty Mutual Insurance, in partnership with the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame, announced Jan. 7 the winners four winners, one from each division, its Coach of the Year Award, which honors sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility and excellence on and off the field: Brian Kelly
, Notre Dame; Willie Fritz
, Sam Houstn State; Peter Rossomando
, New Haven (Conn.); and Glenn Caruso
, St. Thomas (Minn.) Each of the 2012 Coach of the Year Award winners will receive a $50,000 donation from Liberty
Mutual Insurance to the charities of thier choice, as well as a $20,000 scholarship grant in their name to their school’s alumni association. NFF Chairman Archie Manning
made the presentations, with COO Matthew Sign
also attending to represent the NFF. Notre Dame Senior Associate Athletics Director John Heisler
accepted on behalf of Coach Kelly, while Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jim MacPhee
helped with the presentation and also on hand to represent Liberty Mutual Insurance was Julie Brasssard
and Glenn Greenberg
. Click here
to read more.
This year’s Fiesta Bowl game between Oregon and Kansas State provided a very unusual play that has generated a lot of discussion among those who follow college football. On an extra-point attempt the kick was partially blocked and a member of the defense
picked up the ball at about the two-yard line. In starting his return, he circled back into the end zone where he was tackled. As ACC Referee Ron Cherry correctly explained, this resulted in a one-point safety. This caused a lot of
head scratching: how can a safety count only one point?
The question involves the point value for scores. As everyone knows, there are three ways to score in a football game: touchdown, field goal and safety. Except on the extra-point attempt, of course, a touchdown counts six points, a field goal three, and a safety two. However, on the extra-point attempt the point value is different: a touchdown is worth two points, a field goal counts one point, and a safety also counts one point.
Kicking the extra point and “going for two” are so common that we really don’t think about them as a field goal and a touchdown. But in fact that is what they are. We don’t think it odd to have a “2-point touchdown” or a “1-point field goal” but that is what we have
when a team successfully goes for two or kicks the extra point, respectively. It is the point value that is different on the try.
The safety is on the try is extremely rare, and so it gets lots of attention when it happens. But again, the play itself is a safety whether it happens in the regular part of the game or on the try—it is the point value (one point instead of two) that is
different on the try.
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CHAMPIONS LUNCHEON COVERAGE:
To watch Fox Sports Arizona’s coverage of Champion’s Luncheon visit www.FoxSportsArizona.com
or www.AZNFF.orgNATIONAL SIGNING DAY: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2013:
National Football Foundation Valley of the Sun Chapter is dedicated to the 15,000-plus high school football teams that give it their all every Friday Night! National Letter of Intent Signing Day has grown leaps and bounds over the past 20 years. Fans are invited to come out Wednesday, February 6, 2013 and be part the National Football Foundation Valley of the Chapter’s Arizona Football 2013 Signing Day reception and presentation. This year, join
former head football coaches and administration as well as National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame members as they celebrate Arizona’s finest student-athletes. Fox Sports Arizona and The FAN AM 1060 will broadcast live from the Doubletree Suites. Phoenix next to Airport.SCHOLAR-ATHLETE BANQUET: SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013
:The Valley of the Sun Chapter is coming off an incredible 31st Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The annual event reaffirms the National Football Foundation’s belief that sports play an integral role in our educational process. 54 young men were honored for demonstrating their outstanding academic successes, school leadership, community citizenship, and excellence on the gridiron.