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ESPN3 to Carry National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference
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ESPN3 to Carry National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner and Press Conference

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Steve Hatchell,
President & CEO
Media Contacts:
Phil Marwill | 917-579-4256
Alan Cox | 972-556-1000
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NBC’s Mike Tirico will emcee the 59th Annual Dinner Dec. 6, featuring the induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class, and veteran broadcaster Bonnie Bernstein will moderate the morning press conference with the night’s honorees.
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IRVING, Texas (Nov. 28, 2016) The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that ESPN3 will livestream the two main events associated with the 59thNFF Annual Awards Dinner, which will take place Dec. 6 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Viewers will be able to watch the morning press conference by clicking here from 9 a.m. to Noon ET, and then from 8 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET fans can view the entire NFF Annual Awards Dinner by clicking here, which includes the induction of the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the awarding of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; the announcement of the winner of the 27th William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club; and the bestowing of the NFF Major Awards. See below for a detailed timeline of events and the honorees.
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NBC sports broadcaster Mike Tirico will emcee the dinner ceremony while veteran broadcaster and journalist Bonnie Bernstein will moderate the morning press conference. Both events are being produced by BMG Productions under the direction of George Sechrist. The honorees include:
The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class: Marlin Briscoe (Nebraska Omaha), Derrick Brooks (Florida State), Tom Cousineau (Ohio State), Randall Cunningham (UNLV), Troy Davis (Iowa State), William Fuller (North Carolina), Bert Jones (LSU), Tim Krumrie(Wisconsin), Pat McInally (Harvard), Herb Orvis (Colorado), Bill Royce (Ashland [Ohio]), Mike Utley (Washington State), Scott Woerner (Georgia), Rod Woodson (Purdue) and coaches Bill Bowes (New Hampshire) and Frank Girardi (Lycoming [Pa.]).
The 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class and Campbell Trophy Finalists, Presented by Fidelity Investments:Chris Beaschler (Dayton), Tim Crawley (San Jose State), DeVon Edwards(Duke), Brooks Ellis (Arkansas), Carter Hanson (Saint John’s [Minn.]), Taysom Hill (BYU), Ryan Janvion (Wake Forest), Zay Jones (East Carolina), Cooper Rush (Central Michigan), Karter Schult (Northern Iowa), Tyler Sullivan (Delta State [Miss.]) and Zach Terrell (Western Michigan).
The 2016 NFF Major Award Recipients: NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Archie Manning (NFF Gold Medal), Chancellor of the University of Texas System and retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral William H. McRaven (NFF Distinguished American Award), College Football Hall of Fame coach and AFCA Executive Director Emeritus Grant Teaff (NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award), U.S. Naval Academy Athletics Director Chet Gladchuk (NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration); the Voice of the Washington Huskies Bob Rondeau (NFF Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting); and GE Chairman & CEO Jeff Immelt (NFF Legacy Award).
59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Timeline:
(All Times Eastern and Approximate)
8:00 p.m. – Welcome by NBC sports broadcaster and dinner emcee Mike Tirico
8:02 p.m. – The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments
8:13 p.m. – The 27th William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments
8:30 p.m. – Introduction of college and universities present by NFF Board Member Jerry Jones
8:33 p.m. – Recognition of NFF Legacy Award recipient Jeff Immelt
8:38 p.m. – Recognition of NFF Chris Schenkel Award recipient Bob Rondeau
8:41 p.m. – Recognition of NFF John L. Toner Award recipient Chet Gladchuk
8:45 p.m. – Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient Grant Teaff
8:50 p.m. – The NFF Distinguished American Award presented to William McRaven
9:02 p.m. – The NFF Gold Medal presented to Archie Manning
9:10 p.m. – The 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class
9:35 p.m. – Response on behalf of the 2016 Hall of Fame Class by Randall Cunningham
9:40 p.m. – Hall of Fame Ring Ceremony by NFF Chairman Archie Manning
9:45 p.m. – Closing remarks and God Bless America
NFF Annual Awards Press Conference Timeline:
(All Times Eastern)
9:00 a.m. – Welcome from broadcaster and press conference moderator Bonnie Bernstein
9:02 a.m. – Remarks from NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell
9:05 a.m. – Announcement of the 2016 MEAC Players of the Year
9:25 a.m. – Announcement of 2016 FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalists
9:30 a.m. – 2016 NFF Major Award Winners
10:00 a.m. – 2016 College Football Hall of Fame Class
11:00 a.m. – Announcement of 2016 Wuerffel Trophy recipient
11:15 a.m. – 2016 Campbell Trophy finalists, presented by Fidelity Investments

Sponsors for the day’s events include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Delta Air Lines,DragonFly Athletics, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, iSix, New York Athletic Club, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, Spielman Koenigsberg & Parker, the SportsBusiness Journal, Sports Systems, Under Armour, UPS, VICIS and XOS Digital.

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour & VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.
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