NEW YORK, NY-- USA Football Network, inc. has been hosting its prestigous "USA College Football Banquet " for 20 years on the eve of the USA Football Bowl. It has been held in VFW Halls in New Jersey and North Carolina to help the financial needs of our World War II and Korean War Veterans. It has been located in three-star facilities and this year's event will be a a more appropriate location as it will be hosted in the Banquet Hall of the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium that is larger than the facility at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore, MD. It is a fitting venue for the 20th anniversary event and the introduction of the newly-established College Division national awards and trophies.

20th Annual USA College Football Awards Banquet introduces numerous national trophies
ESPN national television presentastion of the 21 BCS Awards such as the Davey O'Brien, Dick Butkus, Lou Groza, Fred Biletnikoff, Doak Walker, Lou Groza, Jim Thorpe and Johnny Unita Awards and the eismans unique stand-alone television show are the standards for NCAA Division I football programs that includes only 18% of the 757 college football programs. USA Football Network, Inc. has been establishing over the last 20 years, similar awards and trophies for the 82% of the College Division schools recognizing the legends and greats at the NCAA Division I-AA (FCS), Division II and Division III along with the small colleges that includes the NAIA, NCCAA and USCAA schools. Many of these awrds and trophies will be introduced and presented at this year's event.
In keeping with tradition, unlike the ESPN event that requires tuxedo attire, the dress for the USA College Football Banquet (and all other events at the Festival) is casual. The event is a final hurrah, not only for the All-Americans who will battle on the gridiron, but also for their families and friends who have supported their efforts through winning and losing times from long days of practice on youth football fields until the USA Football Bowl at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium which was the venue for a Triple A professional baseball franchise and has hosted many nationally-televised games by national high school footall power, Hoover High School.
All of the awards and trophies have been named in honor of oustanding personalties at the respective levels. For example, the Division II Wide Receiver trophy has been named in honor of Kutztown's Andre Reid and the D-II Liinebacker Trophy after Northern Alabama's Ron McKinnon. The D-III Quarterback Trophy is named for Jim Ballard of Mount Union (OH), the inaugural recipient of both the Gagliardi Trophy and Melberger Award while the D-III Running Back honors Joe Dudek of Plymouth State (NH), who placed ninth in the Heisman voting as a senior, the top finish ever by a D-II or D-III student/athlete and was featured in the cover of Sports Illustrated. Among outstanding coaches, the D-I-AA (FCS) Legendary Coach honors Bob Ford of the University of Albany (NY) who is the active career leader in wins for Division I (both BCS and FCS) as well as Tubby Raymond of the University of Delaware who made the Winged-T the offense every coach at the high school and college levels used in the 1990s.
For fathers, grandfathers and uncles of the All-Americans, participation in this year's USA College Football Awards Banquet wil be a "blast from the past" for great memories with several of your TV favorites from yesteryear in the mix and available for photo ops.. Everyone is encouraged to participate in all events which starts with attending the "Media Huddle" that opens he Festival on Friday evening at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium facilities. The invitation of participation includes attending practice sessions, sitting in on the Football Career Buffet and observing the morning team sessions. Prior to the kickoff, parnnents are encouraged to join their sons on the field to take personal phots for pictures that will become "Memories of a Lifetime" and soften the culmination of so many happy years watching sons on the gridiron. As an aside, I can attest to the statement because I had three sons provide 11 consecutive years of great Division III memories that remain vivid a decade later.
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