May 25, 2007
New Orleans, LA –
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, Florida State Head Coach Bobby Bowden, Wayne Reese head coach of the McDonogh #35 Roneagles, and Sports Columnist Peter Finney will be recognized for their contributions to football by The Touchdown Club of New Orleans during a banquet on June 16 at the Plimsoll Club atop the World Trade Center in New Orleans.
Tickets are available by calling The Touchdown Club at (504) 242-4545. Mike Hoss, News Anchor at WWL-TV, will serve as master of ceremonies.
The Club will present Benson with the 18th annual Pete Rozelle Award, given annually to the person who has demonstrated and made outstanding contributions to professional football and the National Football League.
Bowden, whose record with the Seminoles is 293-81-4, will receive the collegiate award.
Wayne Reese, Head Coach of the McDonogh #35 Roneagles, will be acknowledged for his achievements in prep football and Sports Columnist, Peter Finney, will be receive the Roesler Media Award, presented in honor of former Times-Picayune Executive Sports Editor Bob Roesler.
In announcing Benson as the 2007 Rozelle recipient, Charles Heim, Chairman of the Awards Committee, praised Benson for his dedication to football and especially to New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast following Katrina. He returned the team to its home and has helped tremendously in the efforts to rebuild the city, state and region.
Bowden is receiving the Club’s third annual Collegiate Award for developing the most consistently excellent program in the history of college football. He is the only coach in NCAA history to win 11 consecutive bowl games (1985-95) and the only coach ever with 14 consecutive bowl appearances (1982-95) without a loss.
In 35 years of coaching at five different New Orleans area school, Reese has been most credited by his players with teaching them solid football as well as life-long lessons that mold them into productive citizens. Most noteworthy was Reese’s assisted 11 of his Roneagle players in obtaining full college scholarships after Katrina in spite of having to cancel the 2005 season post hurricane.
As the Roesler Media Award winner, Finney is the most read and recognized sports columnist in Louisiana. He has covered the Saints since their inception, the LSU Tigers since 1954 as well as numerous Super Bowls and Sugar Bowls. Additionally, Finney has authored three books.
The Touchdown Club was founded in 1967 initially to promote the best interests of the New Orleans Saints, and has grown promote the American game of football and sports generally in the New Orleans area. Its members are among the most avid Saints fans and of football generally.
Pete Rozelle Award Recipients 2005 Jerry Markbreit, NFL Official 2004 Dick Vermeil, Head Coach, Kansas City Chiefs 2003 Steve Sabol, President, NFL Films 2002 Vince Lombardi, former coach, Green Bay Packers 2001 Bill Walsh, former coach, San Francisco 49er's 2000 Don Weiss, former executive director of the NFL 1999 Ralph Wilson, president, Buffalo Bills 1998 Tex Schramm, former general manager, Dallas Cowboys 1997 Marv Levy, former coach, Buffalo Bills 1996 Don Shula, former coach, Miami Dolphins 1995 Tom Landry, former coach, Dallas Cowboys 1994 Lamar Hunt, owner, Kansas City Chiefs 1993 Jim Finks, former general manager, New Orleans Saints 1992 Art Modell, owner, Baltimore Ravens 1991 Wellington Mara, president, New York Giants 1990 Dan Rooney, President, Pittsburgh Steelers 1989 Pete Rozelle, the former NFL Commissioner
College Award Recipients 2005 Tommy Tuberville, Head Coach, Auburn Tigers 2004 Nick Saban, Head Coach, LSU Tigers
Prep Award Recipients 2005 Tony Reginelli, Newman Greenies 2004 J.T. Curtis, Curtis Patriots
Bob Roesler Media Award Recipients 2005 Buddy Diliberto, Sportscaster 2004 Bob Roesler, former Executive Sports Editor, The Times-Picayune