National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award


National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award
National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award
Awarded for exhibiting superior qualities of scholarship, citizenship and leadership.
Presented by National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame
Country United States
First awarded 1966
Currently held by Billy Payne
Official website http://www.footballfoundation.com/distinguish.php

The National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award is among the highest offered by the National Football Foundation (NFF). Every year, the NFF & College Football Hall of Fame pays tribute to a select few with awards of excellence for exhibiting superior qualities of scholarship, citizenship and leadership. Additionally, the Foundation also recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding support for the NFF and its mission of promoting the game of amateur football. The Distinguished American Award is presented on special occasions when a truly deserving individual emerges, the award honors someone who has applied the character building attributes learned from amateur sport in their business and personal life, exhibiting superior leadership qualities in education, amateur athletics, business and in the community.

The recipient is not limited to a former college player or coach, must be an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States.

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Selection process

Various individuals associated with The National Football Foundation, such as former recipients, board members corporate leaders, chapter presidents and friends send nominations and suggestions to the NFF Chairman. Selection of the recipient is made by the Awards Committee and ratified by the Board of Directors.

Winners

1966 - Bill Carpenter
1969 - Archibald MacLeish
1970 - Vince Lombardi
1971 - Frank Boyden
1972 - Jerome H. Holland
1973 - (no award)
1974 - Bob Hope
1975 - Theodore Hesburgh
1976 - James Van Fleet
1977 - Rev. Edmund P. Joyce
1978 - (no award)
1979 - John W. Galbreath
1980 - Fred Russell
1981 - Sonny Werblin
1982 - Silver Anniversary (all honored) Jim Brown, Willie Davis,
Jack Kemp, Ron Kramer, Jim Swink
1983 - Leon Hess & James Stewart
1984 - David M. Nelson
1985 - Bill Flynn
1986 - John Toner
1987 - Ike Sewell
1988 - Joe Rodgers

1989 - Moose Krause
1990 - Pete Rozelle
1991 - Joe Paterno
1992 - Wellington Mara
1993 - Dick Kazmaier
1994 - Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
1995 - Tom Osborne
1996 - J. Donald Monan, S.J
1997 - (no award)
1998 - Roy Kramer
1999 - (no award)
2000 - Arthur J. Decio
2001 - Dr. James Frank
2002 - George B. Young
2003 - Robert Khayat
2004 - Robert Casciola
2005 - Alan Page
2006 - Pat Tillman
2007 - Rocky Bleier
2008 - T. Boone Pickens
2009 - Billy Payne
2010 - Tom Brokaw

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External links


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