“For more than a decade, Steve Hatchell has had a profound impact on the game of football at the high school and college levels as the president and CEO of the National Football Foundation, which is based in Irving,” said Gerald Brence, president of the NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter and athletics director for the Plano Independent School District. “At the grassroots level, he oversees an impressive nationwide chapter network that blankets the country, and at the national level he has assembled one of the most influential board of directors in the country. His impact on the game both regionally and nationally make him truly deserving of our chapter’s highest honor.”
The Distinguished Texan Award, the chapter’s most prestigious award, pays tribute to an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game of football and has been a significant contributor to the betterment of the game. Past recipients include longtime Dallas sports talk radio staple Norm Hitzges (2016), Dallas businessman and former Texas Tech quarterback John Scovell (2015), former University of Texas Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds (2014), College Football Hall of Famer and longtime Dallas Cowboys Director of Pro Scouting John Wooten (2013), longtime Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director Gil Brandt (2012), TCU head coach Gary Patterson (2011), Dallas Cowboys Owner, President and General Manager and NFF Board Member Jerry Jones (2010) and College Football Hall of Fame coach and NFF Board Member Grant Teaff (2009).
Steve Hatchell has served as president and chief executive officer of The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, since January 2005. During his tenure, the NFF has experienced remarkable growth. His leadership played a critical role in the opening of the state-of-the-art College Football Hall of Fame in the heart of Atlanta, and he spearheaded the launch of the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, which has helped raise and distribute millions of dollars for the NFF scholarship programs. In 2015, Hatchell received the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Bert McGrane Award, which is presented annually to an FWAA member who has performed great service to the organization and/or the writing profession.
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