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NFF Chalktalk - May 8, 2017
NFF-partner VICIS announced its ZERO1® football helmet performed better than all other helmets in the 2017 NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory Performance Testing. The ZERO1's top ranking is the result of extensive testing by an expert committee of independent biomechanical experts appointed by the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to determine which helmets best reduce overall head impact severity.
May 14, Moms and Mimosas:   Moms can visit the Hall for free this Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14.  Bring the family to play while Mom gets a complimentary massage, manicure, and mimosa. And don't miss your chance to enter all-day raffles to win jewelry and gift cards from Kendra Scott. Then at 2   p.m., fans can hear from football moms that know the game. Hear inspiring insights from Wilma McNabb and more as they talk about the life of a football mom before, during and after their children's football careers.

June 10-11, Chick-fil-A Presents the Ultimate Father/Kids Campout: Test your abilities in the Skill Zone, watch movies, participate in group activities and more. Enjoy dinner and breakfast courtesy of Chick-fil-A and sleep out on the field. Click HERE to enter for a chance to win tickets to the campout!

About the College Football Hall of Fame: The Hall opened its doors Aug. 23, 2014, in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park, the new Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. To plan your visit and purchase tickets, visit .
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The Blitz
NFF Board Member and recently retired Alabama athletics director Bill Battle received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Alabama's College of Human Environmental Sciences on May 6. 

NFF Board Member and IMG College Chairman Emeritus Ben Sutton was inducted into the State of North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame on May 5. 

2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Kirk Gibson's message to graduates at Michigan State last week focused on the influence they have over their destinies. Gibson also received an honorary doctorate in humanities from the university during its commencement ceremony.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Tubby Raymond (Delaware) has been elected to the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame.

In addition to the members of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class that were either selected in the NFL Draft last week or signed as free agents, Arkansas linebacker Brooks Ellis has signed with the New England Patriots.

2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Carter Hanson was named a co-recipient of Saint John's (Minn.)'s 2017 Fr. Wilfred Theisen Student-Athlete of the Year Award.

2011 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award recipient and recently retired broadcaster Brent Musburger  will be honored  with a Sports Emmy lifetime achievement award during the annual sports Emmy Awards on May 9 in New York.
Over The Middle
The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter  will hold its annual scholarship luncheon May 10 at the Atlanta Tech Village. The chapter will distribute $26,000 in scholarships.

The NFF Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter will host a "Changing of the Guard" event May 17 at Valle Luna in Chandler, Ariz. Arizona State Senior Associate Athletics Director of Football Operations Tim Cassidy will be the guest speaker and new chapter president Adam Turner will be introduced.

The NFF Doc Boisoneau/Northern Connecticut Chapter will hold its scholar-athlete luncheon May 21 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, Conn.

The NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter will hold its 42nd annual scholar-athlete Banquet May 21 at the Boston-Newton Marriott. The chapter will honor 33 scholar-athletes.
Two-Minute Drill

Michigan will host Western Michigan in 2018 and added Middle Tennessee State and Army to its 2019 schedule... Wyoming and Utah announced a home-and-home series in 2020 and 2025... Liberty and North Texas scheduled a home-and-home series for 2018 and 2021...


Former Rutgers football player Bruce Webster passed away April 26. He was 80... Former Washington State football player  Steve Bush passed away May 1. He was 41... Former Oklahoma football player and longtime high school football coach Wendell Robinson passed away May 2. He was 76... Former Texas cornerback Chad Patmon passed away...

More News of Interest

The SEC will adopt NCAA football practice recommendations...  Misericordia (Pa.) athletics announced a partnership with NFF-partner Under Armour...
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The 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Membership program is now open. Each year, the NFF invites universities, colleges, conferences and bowl games from across the country to provide support for NFF programs through its Institutional Academic Membership Program. The program allows the NFF to greatly enhance the power of football's collective voice while actively building a stronger national platform for the game with community leaders, educators and the media.

Those that joined this week include Executive Members South Carolina and Stephen F. Austin.

Click here to see all of the 2017 NFF Institutional Academic Members.
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2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Eli Manning (Mississippi), a member of the Alumni Association.
2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association 

Since 1959, the National Football Foundation has annually recognized the best and brightest college players, presenting them with prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments. The $18,000 postgraduate scholarships are presented at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. 

Launched in 2008, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association provides a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF's present efforts. 

Click here to see all of the members of the 2016 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association.
NFF Key Dates
June 1, 2017 - 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballots distributed to members of the National Football Foundation - Irving, Texas

Sept. 27, 2017 Announcement of the 2017 semifinalists for The  William V. Campbell Trophy , presented by Fidelity Investments - Via Press Release

Nov. 1, 2017 -   Announcement of the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy finalists, who comprise the 2017 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments - Via Press Release

Dec. 4, 2017  - Ivy League's Asa S. Bushnell Cup Announcement, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, at the New York Hilton Midtown - New  York City
Dec. 5, 2017 - NFF Annual Awards Press Conference at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City
Dec. 5, 2017 - NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City
Dec. 5, 2017 - 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown - New York City, including the induction of the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class and the 28th presentation of The William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and prominently displayed at the New York Athletic Club.

Dec. 6, 2017 - Campbell Trophy Luncheon at the New York Athletic Club - New York City
Jan. 1, 2018 - The 13th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Atlanta, Ga.

Jan. 8, 2018 - Announcement of the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class  during festivities prior to College Football Playoff National Championship - Atlanta, Ga.

Jan. 8, 2018 - College Football Playoff National Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta, Ga. 
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