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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Griffin, Junker, Martin, Neinas Join National Football Foundation Board of Directors

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Griffin, Junker, Martin, Neinas Join National Football Foundation Board of Directors

Four esteemed individuals join 38 other active members on prestigious board

MORRISTOWN, N.J., July 12, 2006 - The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) added four new members to its national board of directors, Chairman Ron Johnson announced today. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl president and CEO John Junker, Michigan athletics director Bill Martin, former College Football Association executive director Chuck Neinas, and Archie Griffin, president and CEO of the Ohio State University Alumni Association, agreed to join 38 other active members on the NFF’s Board.

“Adding men of this caliber to our national board reinforces our relationships with the key constituents and administrators involved in all facets of college football,” Johnson said. “Their participation comes at a critical time for our organization, as we remain committed to strengthening the game of amateur football in continuing to develop leaders in the classroom and the community.”

Archie Griffin: At the beginning of 2004, Archie Griffin became president and chief operating officer of the Ohio State University Alumni Association, where he presides over an active association network of 130,000 members. Along with his wife Bonita, Griffin created both the Archie Griffin Scholarship Fund to benefit OSU’s Olympic sports programs as well as the Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation Fund for the development of sports programs for youth in central Ohio. The only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy, Griffin earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986. A three-time All-America tailback while at Ohio State, Griffin led the Buckeyes to four Rose Bowls and set an NCAA-record by rushing for 100 yards or more in 31 consecutive games. Following a professional career with the Cincinnati Bengals, Griffin returned to OSU in 1984 and worked his way to Associate Director of Athletics in 1994.

John Junker: During his 17-year tenure with the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, first as executive director and now as president and chief executive officer, John Junker has presided over three national championship games and will oversee a fourth in January 2007. Junker played a pivotal role in the Fiesta Bowl’s entry into the Bowl Championship Series, and helped expand the events hosted by the Bowl’s volunteer-based committee to more than 50 a year, including three bowl games (Insight Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship
Game) in the 2006-07 bowl season. In 2003, Sports Illustrated named him the seventh most powerful person in college football. Junker, who will receive the Football Writers Association of America’s Bert McGrane Award during the College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival this August in South Bend, Ind., joins Tournament of Roses director Dave Davis as representatives from BCS bowl games on the NFF board.

Bill Martin: Bill Martin took over as interim athletics director for the University of Michigan in March of 2000 and was named the permanent director five months later. He currently oversees an athletic department with 26 varsity sports and a budget that tops $60 million. In the recently concluded 2005-06 academic year, the Wolverines captured Big Ten regular season or tournament titles in baseball, wrestling, women’s cross country, field hockey, softball and women’s indoor track & field. During Martin’s six years as athletics director, the Michigan football team has captured at least a share of three Big Ten titles and appeared in two Rose Bowls. He earned an MBA from Michigan in 1965 and has served as president of both the United State Olympic Committee and the United States Sailing Association.

Chuck Neinas: Chuck Neinas currently serves as president of Neinas Sports Services, a company he founded in 1997, which assists intercollegiate athletics departments and other sports organizations with management, organization and personnel placement. He became the first and only executive director of the College Football Association in 1980, and in 18 years with the organization helped negotiate television contracts and provided a forum for 69 NCAA Division I-A institutions to improve and promote the game of football as an integral part of the collegiate athletics landscape. As commissioner of the Big Eight Conference from 1971-1980, Neinas inaugurated league postseason tournaments for both basketball and baseball and helped the conference become a foremost sponsor of championship programs for women’s athletics. Neinas also served as assistant executive director of the NCAA for 11 years and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.


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. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, the NFF Center for Youth Development Through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and scholarships of nearly $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF also presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.


NFF Contacts
Phil Marwill.......Director of Communications Chris Caputo.......Communications Assistant
22 Maple Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07960
973.829.1933
973.829.1737 (fax)
www.footballfoundation.com

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