2020 NFF In Memoriam The National Football Foundation remembers those who paved the way in college football.

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IRVING, Texas (Dec. 29, 2020) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame remembered today those who passed away since December 2019 and played a role in improving the game of college football for future generations.

“It is always important at this time of year to reflect on those who have left us,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Part of the mission of the National Football Foundation is to shine a light on the good in the game and to preserve its history. We lost some great ones in 2020, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and universities. We will work hard to ensure that their contributions are not forgotten.

“We would be remiss if we did not pay special tribute to former NFF Board Members Jesse Arnelle and Gene Corrigan, who for nearly a quarter of a century served as chairman of the NFF Honors Court, which annually selects the College Football Hall of Fame Class. We also want to remember Jimmie McDowell, the longtime NFF Executive Director who served the organization for more than 25 years. They all left the NFF and the world a better place, and they will truly be missed.”

Click here to view a special “In Memoriam” video honoring those listed below who passed since Dec. 10, 2019 when the college community last gathered at the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

Fred Akers

Head Football Coach

Wyoming, Texas, Purdue

March 17, 1938 – Dec. 7, 2020

LaDell Andersen

Athletics Director

Utah State University

Oct. 25, 1929 – Dec. 29, 2019

H. Jesse Arnelle

NFF Board Member

Prominent Attorney

Penn State University

Dec. 30, 1933 – Oct. 21, 2020

Edward Aschoff

ESPN College Football Reporter

Dec. 24, 1985 – Dec. 24, 2019

Jim Bartko

Athletics Director

Fresno State

May 13, 1965 – March 16, 2020

Bill Belknap

Athletics Director – Idaho, Wichita State

Commissioner – Southland Conference

March 18, 1939 – July 17, 2020

Ed Biles

Head Football Coach

Xavier University

Oct. 18, 1931 – April 5, 2020

John Blake

Head Football Coach

University of Oklahoma

March 6, 1961 – July 23, 2020

Morgan Burke

Athletics Director

Purdue University

Dec. 17, 1951 – June 15, 2020

* Marino Casem

2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

1998 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award

Head Football Coach – Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern

Athletics Director – Alcorn State, Southern

June 23, 1934 – April 25, 2020

* Gene Corrigan

NFF Board Member

NFF Honors Court Chairman

1996 NFF Gold Medal

NCAA President

ACC Commissioner

Athletics Director – Washington and Lee (VA), Virginia, Notre Dame

April 14, 1928 – Jan. 24, 2020

Dick Coury

Head Football Coach

Cal State Fullerton

Sept. 29, 1929 – Aug. 15, 2020

* Fred Dean

2009 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Louisiana Tech University

Feb. 24, 1952 – Oct. 14, 2020

* Arthur J. Decio

2000 NFF Distinguished American Award

Skyline Corporation Chairman

DePaul University

Oct. 19, 1930 – Nov. 6, 2020

King Dixon

Athletics Director

University of South Carolina

Dec. 28, 1936 – July 6, 2020

* Rickey Dixon

2019 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Oklahoma

Dec. 26, 1966 – Aug. 1, 2020

Chris Dufresne

Los Angeles Times Sports Writer

California State University, Fullerton

April 11, 1958 – May 25, 2020

* Pat Dye

2005 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach – East Carolina, Wyoming, Auburn

Athletics Director – Auburn

Nov. 6, 1939 – June 1, 2020

* Hayden Fry

2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach – Southern Methodist, North Texas, Iowa

Athletics Director – Southern Methodist, North Texas

Feb. 28, 1929 – Dec. 17, 2019

Phyllis George

Sports Television Pioneer

June 25, 1949 – May 14, 2020

Glenna Goodacre

Renowned Sculptor

Aug. 28, 1939 – April 13, 2020

* W. C. Gorden

2008 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Jackson State University

June 30, 1930 – Oct. 23, 2020

Lee Grosscup

Longtime ABC Sports College Football Broadcaster

Former Utah Football Player

Dec. 27, 1936 – June 1, 2020

Sid Hartman

Legendary Sports Journalist

March 15, 1920 – Oct. 18, 2020

* Paul Hornung

1985 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Notre Dame

Dec. 23, 1935 – Nov. 13, 2020

* Tom Jernstedt

2010 NFF Legacy Award

NCAA Executive

Nov. 24, 1944 – Sept. 5, 2020

Jim Jones

Athletics Director

Ohio State University

June 23, 1936 – April 22, 2020

T. Jones

Athletics Director

Texas Tech University

Jan. 10, 1931 – Sept. 15, 2020

John Kasser

Athletics Director

California, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State

c. 1937 – April 30, 2020

Phil Krueger

Head Football Coach

Fresno State, Utah State

Oct. 6, 1929 – June 22, 2020

Jim Lambright

Head Football Coach

University of Washington

April 26, 1942 – March 29, 2020

Roy Lester

Head Football Coach

University of Maryland

Oct. 3, 1923 – May 3, 2020

* Johnny Majors

1987 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – University of Tennessee

Head Football Coach – Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee

May 21, 1935 – June 3, 2020

Frank Maloney

Head Football Coach

Syracuse University

Sept. 26, 1940 – March 30, 2020

Jimmie McDowell

Former NFF Executive Director

Sports Writer

2000 FWAA Bert McGrane Award

March 26, 1926 – March 5, 2020

Charlie Moore

Athletics Director

Cornell University

Aug. 12, 1929 – Oct. 8, 2020

Merritt Norvell

Athletics Director

Michigan State University

c. 1941 – Oct. 19, 2020

Murray Olderman

Sports Cartoonist and Writer

1991 FWAA Bert McGrane Award

March 27, 1922 – June 10, 2020

* Herb Orvis

2016 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Colorado

October 17, 1946 – August 14, 2020

Ray Perkins

Head Football Coach

Alabama, Arkansas State

Dec. 6, 1941 – Dec. 9, 2020

George Perles

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Michigan State University

July 16, 1934 – Jan. 7, 2020

Seaver Peters

Athletics Director

Dartmouth College

Aug. 10, 1932 – Feb. 23, 2020

* Loyd Phillips

1992 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Arkansas

May 2, 1945 – Dec. 27, 2020

* Bob Reade

1998 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Augustana College (IL)

July 22, 1932 – July 5, 2020

Ken Riley

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Florida A&M University

Aug. 6, 1947 – June 7, 2020

Joe Roberson

Athletics Director

University of Michigan

Sept. 22, 1935 – Jan. 13, 2020

* Bob Robertson

2004 NFF Schenkel Award

Voice of the Washington State Cougars

March 14, 1929 – Sept. 6, 2020

Pepper Rodgers

Head Football Coach

Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech

Oct. 8, 1931 – May 14, 2020

* Gale Sayers

1977 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee – University of Kansas

Athletics Director – Southern Illinois, Tennessee State

May 30, 1943 – Sept. 23, 2020

* Jack Scarbath

1983 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Maryland

Aug. 12, 1930 – Dec. 6, 2020

* Jake Scott

2011 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Georgia

July 20, 1945 – Nov. 19, 2020

Chuck Shelton

Head Football Coach

Drake, Utah State, Pacific (CA)

Aug. 16, 1935 – Feb. 13, 2020

Don Shula

Legendary NFL Coach

John Carroll University (OH)

Jan. 4, 1930 – May 4, 2020

Dick Tamburo

Athletics Director

Texas Tech, Arizona State, Missouri

Feb. 6, 1930 – Feb. 24, 2020

Dick Trachok

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

University of Nevada

Dec. 27, 1925 – Aug. 2, 2020

David Walker

Athletics Director

University of Louisiana

Sept. 3, 1950 – Dec. 31, 2019

Woody Widenhofer

Head Football Coach

Missouri, Vanderbilt

Jan. 20, 1943 – March 22, 2020

* Gov. William Winter

1983 NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award

58th Governor of Mississippi

NFF Central Mississippi Chapter President

Feb. 21, 1923 – Dec. 18, 2020

Sam Wyche

Head Football Coach

Indiana University

Jan. 5, 1945 – Jan. 2, 2020

* Bill Yeoman

2001 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

University of Houston

Dec. 26, 1927 – Aug. 12, 2020

* College Football Hall of Fame inductee or NFF Award recipient

About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Future For Football, The William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Goodyear, Jostens, Mazda, the New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Sports Business Journal. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NFFNetwork and learn more at footballfoundation.org.

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