The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today that the Allstate Sugar Bowl will host the 9th 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 No. 3 Alabama (11-1) and No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2). The event will mark the third time that the Allstate Sugar Bowl has hosted the NFF National Hall of Fame Salute.
"It is a thrill to welcome this year's College Football Hall of Fame inductees to the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the great city of New Orleans," said Jay Batt, 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 game is set to kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 2, 2014 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and the game will be televised on ESPN. This year's game is the 80th edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic and the 28th time that two teams with 10 or more wins have been featured.
"The Allstate Sugar Bowl remains one of the premier events in all of college football, and we are proud to partner with them in shining a light on this year's Hall of Fame Class," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The leadership of Jay Batt, Paul Hoolahan, NFF Chairman Archie Manning and the entire Allstate Sugar Bowl family provides a powerful platform to further showcase the careers of the best the college gridiron has ever seen."
The National Hall of Fame Salute at the Allstate Sugar Bowl will highlight the outstanding careers of 12 players and two 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 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10 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.
"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 and was the 1970 Sugar Bowl MVP in a 27-22 victory against Arkansas. "And for 80 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."