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The NFF announced that it will expand its "I'm A Football Player ®" initiative this college football season with a social media campaign.

Throughout the fall, the NFF will produce a series of graphics to be distributed through social media and email, highlighting former college football players who have gone on to experience success off the field.

"The goal of the campaign is to generate a strong understanding of how the values learned through football translate into success later in life," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "From Fortune 500 CEOs, to lawyers and doctors, to coaches and teachers and all other walks of life, we want to showcase everyone who has benefited from the game of football, sharing their stories across the nation. This campaign is an opportunity for all of those who took away life lessons from the game and are proud to say 'I'm A Football Player.'"
2017 College Football Hall of Fame electee Bob Crable (Notre Dame) was honored Sept. 2 with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the Fighting Irish game against Temple. A consensus First Team All-American as a senior, he holds Notre Dame's career (521), single-season (187) and single-game (26) tackling recordsClick here to read more about Crable.

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. Crable will officially be inducted during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The NFF would like to thank Fidelity Investments Senior Vice President Jim Furlong, NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Thom Gatewood (right) and Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick (left) for attending the salute.
Dan Guerrero
2017 NFF John L. Toner Award recipient and UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero was honored Sept. 3 with an NFF On-Campus Salute during the Bruins' game against Texas A&M.  In June, the NFF named Guerrero the 2017 recipient of the John L. Toner Award, which has been presented annually since 1997 to athletics directors who have demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football. Click here for more on Guerrero.

The NFF On-Campus Salutes are a special tradition, providing the NFF honorees a coveted opportunity to be recognized on the field during a home game. Guerrero will officially be honored during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The NFF would like to thank NFF Board Member and Gamble Jones Investment Counsel Principal Dave Davis  for taking part in the presentation.
Alabama claimed 46-of-47 first-place votes to remain No. 1 in the Week 1 FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Ohio State, Clemson, Penn State and Oklahoma 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.
Football Officials: Positions and Responsibilities: Part 2
Rogers Redding
Rogers Redding, the national coordinator of College Football Officiating, provides insights about rules changes and the mindset of college football referees. The CFO is the national professional organization for all football officials who work games at the collegiate level.

We are in a series of three columns to help understand who the officials are on the field and in the replay booth. In last week's column we reviewed the positions and responsibilities of the Referee, Umpire and Center Judge. Now let's look at the other five officials on the field: Head Linesman, Line Judge, Field Judge, Side Judge and Back Judge.
These two officials are initially on the line of scrimmage, facing each other across the field. During the first half, the Head Linesman is on the press box side while the Line Judge is opposite him. They switch at halftime, so during the second half the Line Judge is on the press box side. They check the legality of formations, rule on offside, encroachment and false starts. These two officials are also responsible on passing plays for the second receiver in from them on their side of the formation. In addition, they have primary responsibility for knowing if ineligible receivers go downfield more than three yards on a pass.
Initially lined up about 15 yards downfield from the line of scrimmage, these two judges work the deep sidelines on pass plays and kicks. They have primary responsibility for the widest pass receiver to their side, to see pass interference and other action by and against the deep receivers. They also switch sidelines at halftime: The Side Judge teams with the Head Linesman and the Field Judge with the Line Judge.  These two officials are responsible for counting the number of players on defense. In addition, the Side Judge has primary responsibility for the game clock.
The back judge essentially plays "center field." He starts the play about 25 yards downfield and bears responsibility for the 40/25 second play clock. He is also responsible for the end line, at the back of the end zone. The Back Judge takes the deepest receivers on pass plays and kicks.
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.

September, Curing Kids Cancer Promotion: All month long, the Hall will donate $1 of every adult ticket sold to Curing Kids Cancer to help aid them in an effort to find cures for all childhood cancers in our lifetime.
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
The Blitz
A painting of the late Bill Campbell was dedicated at Steel Valley Senior High School in Munhall, Pa., on Aug. 31. The former Columbia football coach-turned-influential Silicon Valley leader was a longtime NFF Board Member, the namesake of The William V. Campbell Trophy ® and the 2004 NFF Gold Medal recipient. The painting can be seen to the right with 1990 Campbell Trophy® winner from Air Force and current Robert Morris University president Dr. Chris Howard.

NFF Board Member, Southern California athletics director and College Football Hall of Famer Lynn Swann (Southern California) and Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw (Louisiana Tech), Bill Dudley (Virginia), Joe Greene (North Texas), Jack Ham (Penn State), Bobby Layne (Texas), Donnie Shell (South Carolina State) and Rod Woodson (Purdue) are part of the inaugural Pittsburgh Steelers' Hall of Honor class.

Arizona State unveiled the new Pat Tillman Statue within Sun Devil Stadium to honor the late College Football Hall of Famer and 2006 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient.

College Football Hall of Famers Dick ButkusRed GrangeBuddy Young and Coach Bob Zuppke are part of the University of Illinois' inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class, which will officially be inducted during a public ceremony at State Farm Center on Sept. 30.

College Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith served as the honorary captain for Florida during its game against Michigan on Sept. 2.

Arizona State  will dedicate  its game on Sept. 9 against San Diego State to College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Kush, who passed away last month.

College Football Hall of Famer and 2005 NFF Distinguished American Award recipient Alan Page (Notre Dame) was on hand to welcome students to the first school year at the newly named Justice Page Middle School in Minneapolis, Minn.

The life of Frank Dowsing, a 1972 NFF National Scholar-Athlete & the first black football player at Mississippi State, was recently profiled in an article on the The Undefeated.

Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White, the 2014 NFF Toner Award recipient, agreed to a contract extension through June 30, 2022.

NFF COO Matthew Sign was recently the featured speaker at the Nacogdoches (Texas) Rotary Club at the invitation of Stephen F. Austin athletics director Robert Hill. SFA head football coach Clint Conque was also in attendance.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, an NFF-partner, recently announced the 2017  Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class, which features College Football Hall of Fame candidates coach Mack Brown, Cade McNown (UCLA) and Charles Woodson (Michigan), and Dr. Charles West (Washington & Jefferson [Pa.]), who was the first black quarterback to play in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1, 1922.  

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Over The Middle

The  NFF Arkansas Chapter/Little Rock Touchdown Club 's  2017 speaker series continued today with  three speakers: College Football Hall of Famer and former NFL player and coach Mike Ditka (Pittsburgh); College Football Hall of Fame nominee and former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton (Arkansas); and former Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) and Dallas Cowboys safety Cliff Harris. Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long will be the speaker on Sept. 11.

Northeastern University will celebrate the life of longtime sports information director Jack Grinold on Sept. 6 at Matthews Arena on its campus in Boston. Grinold, who passed away in April, was one of the charter members of the NFF Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter, which was named in his honor in 2005. A longtime supporter of the NFF, he received a Chapter Leadership Award in 1996.

The NFF Nebraska Chapter will hold its Hall of Fame Banquet Sept. 15 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The NFF Nebraska Chapter, which sponsors the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame, announced the 2017 class, including former Nebraska players Chad Kelsay, Donnie McGhee, Zac Taylor and Randy Theiss. The class also includes Brad Ottis from Wayne State. Tom and Rhonda Peed will be honored with the Clarence E. Swanson Meritorious Service Award, and Nebraska Athletic Department administrators Chris Anderson and Pat Logsdon will accept Lyell Bremser Special Merit Awards.

The Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter will hold an Awards Luncheon Sept. 18 at 103 West in Atlanta. NFF Board Member and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey will speak.

The NFF Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter will kick off its 2017-18 luncheon series Sept. 20 at Lombardo's Restaurant (airport location). The guest speaker will be Missouri athletics director Jim Sterk.

The NFF Western Massachusetts Chapter will host the Annual College Press-Coach Luncheon on Sept. 20 at the  Student Prince restaurant in Springfield, Mass. Area college coaches will discuss their teams at the event.
Two-Minute Drill
New Football Schools

Dean (Mass.) will host its first game as it transitions into a four-year institution on Sept. 9 when it hosts Husson (Maine) at Noon ET... After losing its season-opener against McPherson (Kan.), Texas Wesleyan will host Millsaps (Miss.) its inaugural home opener on Sept. 9. The game can be watched here... After playing its first two games on the road, St. Andrews (N.C.) will play Cincinnati Christian in its inaugural home opener Sept. 9, which can be watched here... After a two-year absence, UAB defeated Alabama A&M, 38-7, at home in its first game of the season. The Blazers will play at Ball State on Sept. 9, which can be seen on ESPN3...

Alvernia (Pa.) unveiled logos for its previously announced new nickname, the Golden Wolves. Alvernia's inaugural football season is set to begin in 2018...


Former Idaho State football player Cazzie Brown died Aug. 27. He was 43... Former Arizona football player and assistant coach Bob Svob passed away Aug. 31. He was 98... Former Auburn center and linebacker  Jackie Burkett passed away Sept. 1. He was  80... Former Chattanooga football All-American James "Bucky" Wolford passed away Sept. 1...

More News of Interest

ABC's  telecast of Florida State-Alabama game on Sept. 2 delivered a total live audience of 12.56 million viewers, making it the most-watched kickoff weekend game ever across all networks... Blind walk-on Jake Olson long-snapped an extra point for USC in its win over Western Michigan...
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NFF Key Dates
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. 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
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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