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2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Marshall Faulk (San Diego State) was honored Oct. 14 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the Aztecs' game against Boise State. In addition to the Salute, Faulk was San Diego State's Honor Warrior and took part in pregame events and the coin toss.

A three-time First Team All-American, Marshall Faulk was just the fifth player in NCAA history to record back-to-back rushing titlesClick here to read more about Faulk.
 
During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater or school where they coached to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. Faulk will officially be inducted during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The event will be streamed live on ESPN3.

The NFF would like to thank San Diego State Athletics Director John David Wicker, Fidelity Investments Vice President Phillip Haslam and NFF Director of Special Projects Hillary Jeffries for taking part in the on-field presentation. Faulk is pictured above with friends and family. (Photo courtesy of San Diego State Athletics.)
2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern) was honored Oct. 14 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the Eagles' game against New Mexico State.

A four-time First Team All-American, Peterson remains the all-time leading rusher in Division I (FBS and FCS) history with 6,559 yards and led the Eagles to back-to-back FCS national titles in 1999 and 2000Click here to read more about Peterson.
 
During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater or school where they coached to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. Peterson will officially be inducted during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The event will be streamed live on ESPN3.

The NFF would like to thank Georgia Southern President Jaimie HebertGeorgia Southern Athletics Director Tom Kleinlein, Fidelity Investments retirement planner Isaiah Simpson and College Football Hall of Fame Historian & Curator Kent Stephens for taking part in the on-field presentation. Above, L-R, are Simpson, Stephens, Peterson, Kleinlein and Hebert. (Photo by Frank Fortune/Georgia Southern Athletics.)
I'm A Football Player
As part of its "I'm A Football Player®" initiative, the NFF is producing a series of graphics to be distributed through social media every Tuesday and Thursday this fall, highlighting former college football players that have experienced success off the field. From Fortune 500 CEOs, to lawyers and doctors, to coaches and teachers and all other walks of life, our goal is to showcase everyone who has benefited from the game of football, sharing their stories across the nation. 

Click here to view all of the past  "I'm A Football Player®" profiles. 

If you, or someone you know, would like to take part and share a football story, please email us at: FBMatters@FootballFoundation.com.
The Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual, in conjunction with the National Football Foundation, will honor coaches with its "Coaches Making a Difference" contest. Now through December 4, individuals can nominate a high school coach that has made a difference in the lives of student-athletes in their community. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to the "Granddaddy of Them All," the Rose Bowl Game, on January 1, 2018. This year's game will play host to a College Football Playoff Semifinal and feature two of the top teams in college football.

Coaches can be nominated for the contest by filling out a nomination form  online . A panel of representatives from the Tournament of Roses and the National Football Foundation will select the six winners which will include one grand prize winner and five finalist winners.

Six finalists and a grand prize winner will be announced at 12 p.m. PT on December 8.

2017 Campbell Trophy Summit Perspectives

2017 Campbell Trophy Summit Perspectives

The National Football Foundation staged the Inaugural Campbell Trophy Summit in late August, which involved 85 past NFF Campbell Trophy
®  nominees traveling to Stanford University for a series of seminars. The event, sponsored by Intuit in honor of Bill Campbell, the award's namesake, featured panels with more than 40 top leaders from Silicon Valley companies who were inspired by Bill and wanted to continue his legacy of mentorship. Universally praised as a huge success, the event provided the NFF with a powerful new platform for building relationships and connecting the Campbell Trophy® nominees with some of the nation's top entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley CEOs. Please click the button above to watch a video, which captures the significant impact the event had on the attendees.

The NFF would especially like to thank Intuit CEO & Chairman Brad Smith and Intuit Founder Scott Cook for their support and participation during the Summit; GSV Asset Management Co-Managing Partner Mark Flynn for his leadership role in organizing the event; NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell and NFF Board Members Bob Bowlsby, Ronnie Lott and Larry Scott, who participated on panels; along with all of the other participants and attendees.
Alabama was the unanimous No. 1 selection with all 48 first-place votes in the Week 7 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Georgia, Penn State, TCU and Wisconsin round out the top five in the poll, in which voters rank the top 16 FBS teams.
 
The results of the poll will be released every Sunday of the 2017 season and the individual votes of all members will also be made public. The final poll will be released Dec. 3. The pollsters consist of FWAA writers and College Football Hall of Famers.
The entrance to the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Tailgate Saturdays Built by The Home Depot:  Join the Hall every Saturday this season from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. for Tailgate Saturdays Built by The Home Depot. Watch the top matchups of the week on the Hall's 36-foot HD video board while you enjoy beverages and tailgate games on the field. Participate in the GameDay Desk contest for a chance to win prizes. Visit the Hall's Twitter page @cfbhall  each week and vote for the matchups you want to see on Saturday! There's no better way to spend your Saturday's this Fall than at the Hall.

Haunted Hall of Fame, Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29: 
Guests will delight in the Field of Screams and enjoy a spooky scavenger hunt, complete with candy cauldrons while touring the Hall's haunted hallways. Fans dressed in costumes, ages 12 and under, will receive free admission into the Hall, and each fan will receive a two-sided card
with the scavenger hunt details and a trick or treat bag from the box office. Fans will have the opportunity to trick or treat throughout the building, as well as have their face painted on the Playing Field. Haunted Hall of Fame will be Saturday, Oct. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and also Sunday, Oct. 22 and 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Home Depot and College Football Hall of Fame College GameDay Sweepstakes: At the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience, you have the chance to show your skills and pick your winner by recording your very own GameDay video sitting alongside Rece Davis and Hall of Famer  Desmond Howard (Michigan). Share that video socially and you could score some awesome GameDay prizes. Click here for contest details.
 
About the College Football Hall of Fame: The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience 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 www.cfbhall.com.
The Blitz
AFCA has named NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel as the 2018 recipient of its highest honor, the Tuss McLaughry Award, which will be presented Jan. 9 at the 2018 AFCA Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Lengyel, a former head coach at Marshall and an athletics director at Fresno State, Missouri and Navy, has also claimed many awards during his impressive career, including the 1997 NFF Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Football Award and the 2005 NFF John L. Toner Award for excellence in athletics administration.

A pair of NFF Board Members - College Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott (Southern California) and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott - are part of the new Anti-Defamation League Sports Leadership Council that will work with professional athletes and sports leaders to promote positive social change and combat hate, bullying, and discrimination in our society.

2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee and 1997 Campbell Trophy® winner Peyton Manning (Tennessee) will be inducted into the State of Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in April 2018.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings (Texas A&M, Alabama), Hall of Famer and 1996 Campbell Trophy® winner Danny Wuerffel (Florida), Hall of Famer and 1970 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Dave Elmendorf (Texas A&M) and 2005 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Brad Smith (Missouri) are part of the 2017 SEC Football Legends Class. The class will be honored at the 2017 SEC Football "Weekend of Champions" Dec. 1-2 in Atlanta.

College Football Hall of Famer Dre Bly (North Carolina)  will be inducted  into the Hampton Roads (Va.) Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 23.

College Football Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry was recognized at halftime during the game between UTSA and North Texas in Denton, Texas.

Inaugural Campbell Trophy® winner Dr. Chris Howard (Air Force), now the president at Robert Morris University, is among 38 nominees for the 2017 Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

2005 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Brad Smith (Missouri)  will be inducted  into the State of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame today at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.


Weekly TV Schedule:
Each week during the season, the NFF produces a comprehensive television schedule for all Division I (FBS and FCS) games complete with date, time, teams and on-air talent listings. Email news@footballfoundation.com to sign up for the weekly schedule.
Over The Middle

Former Texas Stadium manager Bruce Hardy, who was honored by the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter in 2014, passed away Oct. 5. He was 71.

The  NFF Arkansas Chapter/Little Rock Touchdown Club 's  2017 speaker series continued today  with former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson will be the speaker on Oct. 23.

The NFF Arkansas Chapter/Little Rock Touchdown Club will host its Southwest Conference Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon Oct. 30 at the Embassy Suites Little Rock. Members of the induction class include two late College Football Hall of Famers from Arkansas: Ronnie Caveness and Wear Schoonover. Other former Razorback football players to be inducted are Jim BentonJoe FergusonSteve LittleFred MarshallBilly Ray Smith Sr. and Dennis Winston.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter hosted a luncheon featuring Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl President & CEO Gary Stokan today at 103 West.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will host its monthly luncheon Oct. 18 at Lombardo's Airport Restaurant. Former California football player and St. Louis Cardinals (football) head coach Jim Hanifan will be the guest speaker.
Two-Minute Drill
Obituaries

Former Arizona State wide receiver Ben Hawkins passed away Oct 9. He was 73...

More News of Interest

Wisconsin-Oshkosh announced a five-year agreement to make NFF-partner Under Armour the official outfitter of the Titans... The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) celebrates 125 years of Black college football with Livingstone (N.C.) & Johnson C. Smith (N.C.)... ELEVEN Sports locked in a partnership with Twitter to live stream Ivy League football games in 2017. The channel will live stream seven games during October and November via @ElevenSportsUSA on Twitter... When the public address system went down for the National Anthem between the Hamilton (N.Y.) and Trinity (Conn.), the two teams joined in to sing it themselves...
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NFF Key Dates
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. 3, 2017 - Release of the Final FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll for the 2017 season - 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 (Streamed live on ESPN3, starting at 10 a.m. ET)
 
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.  (Streamed live on ESPN3, starting at 8 p.m. ET)
 
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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The NFF would like to thank NFF correspondent Bo Carter for his contributions to this report.
 
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Click here for the full FPCI for Week 8.
 
Compiled weekly during the season, the FPCI is a proprietary analytical look at the current state of the chase for college football's national championship. The FPCI aims to rate college football teams by their real-time percent chance to make the national championship game -- a dynamic metric that no other poll or ranking system measures.
 
The FPCI also includes the cost of a Fan Plan for each team. A Fan Plan is a one-of-a-kind indemnity product fans can purchase for their favorite team. If that team goes to the national championship game, Fan Plan pays for the fan's game tickets and travel costs, up to the total coverage value of the Fan Plan. Each Fan Plan has a $1,000 coverage value and fans can buy additional coverage in $1,000 increments, up to $10,000 in total coverage. Fan Plan costs are dynamic and change based on each team's real-time odds of making the championship game. 
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