The National Football Foundation In Memoriam

Thursday, December 21, 2017
The NFF pays tribute to those who passed away in 2017, including College Football Hall of Fame coaches Frank Broyles and Ara Parseghian.

IRVING, Texas (Dec. 21, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame remembered today those who passed away in 2017 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 2017, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and universities. We will work hard to ensure that their contributions are not forgotten."

Click here to view this year's In Memoriam video that ran during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, which features all of those who passed between Dec. 6, 2016 and Dec. 3, 2017.

Ted Bredehoft

Athletics Director

Wichita State University

c. 1933 - May 20, 2017

* Frank Broyles

1983 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

2000 NFF John L. Toner Award

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Missouri, Arkansas

Dec. 26, 1924 - Aug. 14, 2017

* J.C. Caroline

1980 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Illinois

Jan. 17, 1933 - Nov. 17, 2017

* Ray Christensen

2000 NFF Chris Schenkel Award

Voice of the Minnesota Golden Gophers

University of Minnesota

May 6, 1924 - Feb. 5, 2017

* Don Coleman

1975 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Michigan State University

May 4, 1928 - Jan. 30, 2017

Ken Cooper

Head Football Coach

University of Mississippi

Oct. 12, 1936 - May 30, 2017

Bob DeMoss

Head Football Coach

Purdue University

Jan. 27, 1927 - July 23, 2017

Wayne Duke

Commissioner

Big Eight Conference, Big Ten Conference

University of Iowa

Nov. 9, 1928 - March 29, 2017

Spike Dykes

Head Football Coach

Texas Tech University

March 14, 1938 - April 10, 2017

* LaVell Edwards

2004 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Brigham Young University

Oct. 11, 1930 - Dec. 29, 2016

* Bob Elliott

1975 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

University of Iowa

May 6, 1953 - July 8, 2017

* Bill Fischer

1983 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Notre Dame

March 10, 1927 - Jan. 20, 2017

* Joe Fortunato

2004 NFF Chapter Leadership Award

Miss-Lou Chapter

Mississippi State University

March 28, 1930 - Nov. 6, 2017

* Jack Grinold

1996 NFF Chapter Leadership Award

Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter

Northeastern University Sports Information Director

Bowdoin College (Maine)

Aug. 30, 1935 - April 21, 2017

* Ralph Guglielmi

2001 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Notre Dame

June 26, 1933 - Jan. 23, 2017

* Wayne Hardin

2013 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Navy, Temple

March 23, 1926 - April 12, 2017

Jeff Jeffers

Sports Broadcaster

University of Notre Dame

Jan. 23, 1953 - March 26, 2017

* Robert Johnston

1961 NFF National Scholar-Athlete

Rice University

Sept. 11, 1940 - Sept. 20, 2017

*Frank Kush

1995 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Arizona State University

1992 NFF Chapter Leadership Award

Valley of the Sun (Ariz.) Chapter

Jan. 20, 1929 - June 22, 2017

* Richard Lewis

2015 NFF Chapter Leadership Award

Joseph Mewhiney/Central Mass. Chapter

University of Massachusetts

Aug. 27, 1942 - Feb. 3, 2017

* Dick MacPherson

2009 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Massachusetts, Syracuse

Nov. 4, 1930 - Aug. 8, 2017

Ron Meyer

Head Football Coach

UNLV, Southern Methodist

Feb. 17, 1941 - Dec. 5, 2017

Fred Miller

Athletics Director

Long Beach State, Arizona State, San Diego State

c. 1931 - Oct. 22, 2017

* Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J.

1996 NFF Distinguished American Award

24th President of Boston College

Dec. 31, 1924 - March 18, 2017

Bob Murphy

Athletics Director, Broadcaster

San Jose State, Stanford

August 6, 1931 - Aug. 22, 2017

* Tommy Nobis

1981 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Texas

Sept. 20, 1943 - Dec. 13, 2017

* Babe Parilli

1982 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

University of Kentucky

May 7, 1930 - July 15, 2017

* Ara Parseghian

1980 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Notre Dame

May 21, 1923 - Aug. 2, 2017

Bob Patterson

Athletics Director

University of Memphis

May 19, 1932 - May 15, 2017

Bill Peck

Head Football Coach

Middle Tennessee State University

Nov. 26, 1926 - April 22, 2017

Edwin Pope

2001 FWAA Bert McGrane Award

Miami Herald Sports Writer

University of Georgia

April 11, 1928 - Jan. 19, 2017

Sonny Randle

Head Football Coach

East Carolina, Virginia, Marshall

Jan. 6, 1936 - May 24, 2017

* Tubby Raymond

2003 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

Head Football Coach

University of Delaware

Nov. 14, 1926 - Dec. 8, 2017

Larry Reisbig

Head Football Coach

Long Beach State

Dec. 6, 1939 - April 10, 2017

Lyle Smith

Head Football Coach, Athletics Director

Boise State University

March 17, 1916 - July 26, 2017

Lynn Snyder

Athletics Director

Marshall, Oregon State

March 6, 1942 - May 15, 2017

Joe Tiller

Head Football Coach

Wyoming, Purdue

Early NFF Wyoming and NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Leader

Dec. 7, 1942 - Sept. 30, 2017

* Ed Watto

2007 NFF Chapter Leadership Award

Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Chapter

East Stroudsburg University (Pa.)

c. 1934 - Oct. 2, 2017

"Asterisk denotes a College Football Hall of Fame inductee or NFF Award recipient"

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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 Football Matters®, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy® presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million 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, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour and VICIS. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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