Emtman To Be Honored At Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival

July 20, 2007

DALLAS - 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 14 of the game's greatest Division IA 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.'

When it comes to collegiate success, few can match the amount of team and personal accolades that Washington's Emtman earned in 1991.

A unanimous First Team All-America that season, Emtman became only the ninth player in college football history to win both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy in the same season. After placing fourth in the 1991 Heisman Trophy voting, he was named Co-Most Valuable Player in a Rose Bowl victory that earned the Huskies a share of the National Championship.

'If you're part of a team that respects each other and works hard and well together, they will be successful and play well as a team.'

A dominant conference player, he was twice named PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year, recipient of the Morris Trophy as the conference's top defensive lineman and First Team All-Conference. Named 1991 team MVP, John P. Angel Award recipient and L. Walt Rising Lineman of the Year, Emtman recorded 134 career tackles and 14 sacks en route to becoming a member of the Husky Hall of Fame.

Drafted as the first overall selection in the 1992 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Emtman played six injury shortened seasons in the NFL for three teams. Emtman is currently a successful businessman and land developer and resides Veradale, Wash.

'To me first of all, it's a great honor to sit up here with a great group of men,' said Emtman. 'To me football is really in two words, respect and family... I know that the team I was part of in college had great success because of the tremendous respect we had for our coach... You realize that the big difference between great football teams and great football players truly relates back to those two things. If you're part of a team that respects each other and works hard and well together, they will be successful and play well as a team.'

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 Division Enshrinement Class
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
Bobby Bowden - Howard (1959-62), West Virginia (1970-75), Florida State (1976-present), 366- 113-4 *Deceased


Registration - 7:30 a.m.
Shotgun Start - 9:00 a.m.
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.

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Gridiron Plaza
FanFest will provide fun for the entire family and a chance to get up close with the Enshrinees.

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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.

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
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.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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.

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hall of Fame

6:00 p.m.
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.

Hall of Fame Selection 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.)

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.

About the College Football Hall of Fame
The College Football Hall of Fame, an initiative of The National Football Foundation, stands as one of the nation's premier sports shrines, preserving and dramatizing the history of the game to an ever broadening audience of fans while holding up the greatest players and coaches as role models who highlight the game's positive values. For more information on the College Football Hall of Fame and its 2006 Enshrinement Festival, visit www.collegefootball.org.

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