Hennings part of HOF weekend activities
July 19, 2007
Air Force football great Chad Hennings will conclude his year-long enshrinement into the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend in South Bend, Ind. College football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation from July 20-21 at the organization's annual Enshrinement Festival in South Bend, Ind. Held at the College Football Hall of Fame, thousands will gather to pay tribute to the storied careers of 20 of the game's greatest stars.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Each year our hard-working Honors Court, chaired by Gene Corrigan, does an outstanding job in ensuring the game's legends are duly recognized."
The weekend's celebration will include a celebrity golf tournament, an outdoor concert, a grand parade, a flag football game, a youth clinic, culminating with the Enshrinement Dinner and Show on Saturday night. 2007 FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION ENSHRINEMENT CLASS
PLAYERS Bobby Anderson - QB/RB, Colorado, 1967-69 Bennie Blades - DB, Miami (Fla.), 1985-87 Carl Eller - T, Minnesota, 1961-63 Steve Emtman - DL, Washington, 1989-91 Thomas Everett - FS, Baylor, 1983-86 Chad Hennings - DT, Air Force, 1984-87 Chip Kell - OG, Tennessee, 1968-70 Mike Phipps - QB, Purdue, 1967-69 Mike Rozier - RB, Nebraska, 1981-83 Jeff Siemon - LB, Stanford, 1968-71 Bruce Smith - DT, Virginia Tech, 1981-84 Emmitt Smith - RB, Florida, 1987-89 Charlie Ward - QB, Florida State, 1989, 1991- 93 COACHES Bobby Bowden - Howard (1959-62), West Virginia (1970-75), Florida State (1976-present), 366- 113-4 2007 DIVISIONAL ENSHRINEMENT CLASS PLAYERS Tracy Ham - QB, Georgia Southern, 1983-86 Joe Kendall - QB, Kentucky State, 1934-36 * Frank Sheptock - LB, Bloomsburg (Pa.), 1982-85 Jessie Tuggle - LB, Valdosta State (Ga.), 1983- 86
COACHES Jim Christopherson - Concordia College (Minn.) (1969-2000), 218-101-7 William "Billy" Joe - Florida A&M (1994-2004), Central State (Ohio) (1981-93), Cheyney (Pa.) (1972- 78), 237-108-4 *Deceased SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JULY 20
ENSHRINEMENT CELEBRITY GOLF SCRAMBLE Registration - 7:30 AM Shotgun Start - 9:00 AM Blackthorn Golf Club Tee it up with the 2007 Enshrinees on one of America's finest public courses. Each foursome will be paired with a Hall of Famer or sports celebrity.
ENSHRINEMENT CARIBBEAN BEACH PARTY AND OUTDOOR CONCERT 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM -- Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza
ENSHRINEMENT AUTOGRAPH SESSION 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Hall of Fame
SATURDAY, JULY 21 ENSHRINEMENT FANFEST 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza FanFest will provide fun for the entire family and a chance to get up close with the Enshrinees.
ENSHRINEMENT GRAND PARADE 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Downtown South Bend A parade though Downtown South Bend featuring over 100 units, including the 2007 Enshrinees, marching bands, floats, and much more! Also featuring the famous Budweiser Clydesdales.
ENSHRINEE FLAG FOOTBALL GAME 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza Watch the 2007 Enshrinement Class suit up one more time in this annual flag football contest. This event is always a fan favorite. Free with FanFest admission.
ENSHRINEMENT YOUTH FOOTBALL CLINIC 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza Bring your kids to a football clinic taught by the 2007 Enshrinement Class! This is a priceless moment for any young football fan! Free with FanFest admission.
ENSHRINEMENT AUTOGRAPH SESSION 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Hall of Fame
ENSHRINEMENT DINNER, SHOW, AND MAYOR'S AFTER PARTY CELEBRATION 6:00 PM Century Center Convention Center
Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 19 coaches, including Illinois' Red Grange, Notre Dame's Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle's Jim Thorpe. Out of the more than 4.6 million individuals who have played college football over the past 138 years, only 817 players and 176 coaches have been immortalized with a place in the sport's most hallowed institution.
268 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer. The current building in South Bend, Ind. was built in 1995 as a $17 million state-of- the-art interactive facility for fans of all ages.
The next class of College Football Hall of Famers will be inducted at the 50th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4, 2007, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall in South Bend during ceremonies in July of 2008. CRITERIA
1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.
2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation's Honors Courts ten years after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
3. While each nominee's football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and his fellow man with love of his country. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.
4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2007 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1957 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.
5. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage*.
(*Those players that do not comply with the 50-year rule and coaches that have not won 60% of their games may still be eligible for consideration by the FBS (Formerly Division I-A) and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.)
Chad Hennings United States Air Force Academy Defensive Tackle, 1984-87
One of college football's great defensive linemen of his era, Chad Hennings will become only the second player inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the United States Air Force Academy.
A unanimous First Team All-America selection in 1987, Hennings received the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman. A two-time First Team All-Conference selection, he is a member of the WAC All-Time Team and was named WAC Defensive Player of the Decade for the 1980s. Leading the nation with 24 sacks in 1987, Hennings played in numerous post- season all-star games including the Japan Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. A two-time First Team Academic All-America, Hennings earned Academic All- WAC honors three times and received the Stan Bates Award as the conference's top scholar-athlete in 1987.
Although he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1988 NFL Draft, Hennings fulfilled his four-year military commitment, serving during the first Gulf War. In 1992, he rejoined the Cowboys and embarked on a nine year NFL career that brought him three Super Bowl titles.
Very active in his community, Hennings is a member of the Board of Directors for Happy Hills Farm, a home for abused and neglected children. He resides in Flower Mound, Texas and is a successful business owner.
"I firmly believe that football is probably the best leadership laboratory, a place where a young man can learn the importance of commitment, the important of perseverance, hard work, maintaining a balance," said Air Force's Chad Hennings. "If it weren't for our teammates, we wouldn't be here today. God did bless us with individual talent, but it's the concept of a team that I appreciate about football so much. The lessons I learned in football have helped me become a better husband, a better father, a better businessman, and a better person overall."
About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame:
With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. The NFF presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, and scholarships of over $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.