Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to Host 11th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute
Organizations partner to utilize the game’s national spotlight to celebrate college football’s greatest legends.
IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host the 11th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute on Thursday, Dec. 31. The event, which will take place at the Georgia Dome and just steps from the new College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of Atlanta, will utilize the Bowl to showcase the Hall’s newest inductees between the third and fourth quarters. The game, which will be nationally telecast on ESPN, will kick off at noon ET.
Prior to the game, a multi-day celebration for the inductees will take place in Atlanta, including several unique events and a special public ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame where the inductees will see their legendary accomplishments permanently immortalized for the first time.
“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has established itself as one of the premier events in all of college football, and we are proud to partner with them in shining a light on the 2015 Hall of Fame Class,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Taking place just steps from the new Hall, the game provides the powerful venue for showcasing what it means to be a Hall of Famer. It will allow the inductees to visit the new Hall, and it also fits perfectly with our new schedule, creating a momentous conclusion for each inductee before we announce the next class on the Friday before the College Football Playoff Championship game.”
The event will mark the first time Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has hosted the event, and the 2015 game will feature two of the top-ranked teams in the country as selected by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. For the past four seasons, the Allstate Sugar Bowl hosted the NFF National Hall of Fame Salute, and the NFF would like to thank Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan and his able staff for being such gracious hosts.
“Atlanta is the capital of college football,” Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn said. “I can think of no better place to formally welcome these 17 legends of the game to their new permanent home in the College Football Hall of Fame.”
“As one of the founding partners of the Hall, we consider it a privilege to host and celebrate these inductees at our game and honor their contributions to college football,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl president and CEO.
The 11th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will highlight the outstanding careers of 15 All-America players and two legendary coaches who established themselves among the greatest to ever set foot on the college gridiron. The group (listed below) was announced on Jan. 9, and they will formally be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. They will also be honored on the field at their respective schools throughout the season on various dates during the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments.
“Our Hall of Fame experience is like no other as the members of each class are honored multiple times throughout the year,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “And we are very excited to be able to bring the class together one last time at the National Hall of Fame Salute in such close proximity to the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. We want to extend a big thanks to Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl President & CEO Gary Stokanfor making this happen. They have been passionate supporters of the Hall for many years, and celebrating the newest Hall of Fame class on the field at the game will be a thrill for both the fans and the inductees.”
2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS
- TREV ALBERTS – LB, Nebraska (1990-93)
- BRIAN BOSWORTH – LB, Oklahoma (1984-86)
- BOB BREUNIG – LB, Arizona State (1972-74)
- SEAN BREWER – DL, Millsaps (Miss.) (1989-92)
- RUBEN BROWN – OT, Pittsburgh (1991-94)
- WES CHANDLER – SE, Florida (1974-77)
- THOM GATEWOOD – SE, Notre Dame (1969-71)
- DICK JAURON – RB, Yale (1970-72)
- CLINTON JONES – HB, Michigan State (1964-66)
- LINCOLN KENNEDY – OT, Washington (1989-92)
- ROB LYTLE (deceased) – RB, Michigan (1974-76)
- MICHAEL PAYTON – QB, Marshall (1989-92)
- ART STILL – DE, Kentucky (1974-77)
- ZACH THOMAS – LB, Texas Tech (1992-95)
- RICKY WILLIAMS – RB, Texas (1995-98)
- BILL SNYDER – 187-94-1 (66.5%); Kansas State (1989-2005, 2009-Present)
- JIM TRESSEL – 229-79-2 (74.2%); Youngstown State (1986-2000) and Ohio State (2001-10)
ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host games of top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.5 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.
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 the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF High School Showcases, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF Faculty Salutes presented by Fidelity Investments, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF also collaborates with the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) to release the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll; awards The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently showcased at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club; and bestows several other major awards at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner. NFF corporate partners include Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.
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