DALLAS - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that Allstate Sugar Bowl will host the 8th Annual NFF National Hall of Fame Salute. The event will honor the newest class of College Football Hall of Fame inductees on the field during the pregame festivities of the BCS match-up between the No. 3 Florida Gators (11-1) and the No. 21 Louisville Cardinals (10-2). The game is set to kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET on January 2, 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La., The game will be televised on ESPN. This year's game marks the 79th edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic and the 27th time that two 10-win teams have been featured.
"It is a thrill to welcome this year's College Football Hall of Fame inductees to the Allstate Sugar Bowl," said Jack Laborde, president of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee. "Their presence adds to our year-end celebration of college football and its rich history and pageantry."
The National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl will highlight the outstanding careers of 14 players and three coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision who established themselves among the greatest to ever set foot on the college gridiron. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4 in New York City, the hall of famers will participate in the pregame festivities, including an introduction on the field in front of the sellout crowd. In addition to the celebration on the field before the game, the hall of famers will partake in a variety of activities throughout the city of New Orleans.
"We are grateful to the Allstate Sugar Bowl for shining a light on this year's Hall of Fame Class," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The leadership of Jack Laborde, Paul Hoolahan, NFF Chairman Archie Manning and the entire Allstate Sugar Bowl family allows us to further showcase the careers of the best the college gridiron has ever seen."
"An invitation to play in the Sugar Bowl stands among the greatest achievements that a college team can achieve," said Manning, a 1989 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame who played for Ole Miss, including as the 1970 Sugar Bowl MVP in a 27-22 victory against Arkansas. "And for 79 years, the Sugar Bowl has produced some of the greatest memories in college football history. Celebrating the College Football Hall of Fame Class adds to the Sugar Bowl's powerful legacy as a crucible for the history of our great sport."