The Haggar Gold Jacket Report is a weekly update on recent news surrounding the very select group of men who’ve earned a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hall of Famers Birthdays
Nov. 18 - Warren Moon (1956)
Nov. 20 - Dwight Stephenson (1957)
Nov. 21 - *Sid Luckman (1916)
Nov. 21 - *Jim Ringo (1931)
Nov. 21 - Troy Aikman (1966)
Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker ANDRE TIPPETT spent his entire playing career with the New England Patriots (1982-1993). Now the former All-Pro and team leader on defense is leading the Patriots into the community as the Executive Director of Community Affairs. This past Tuesday, Nov. 13, Tippett visited Plymouth South High School to honor the school’s head football coach Scott Fry as the Patriots High School Coach of the Week in recognition of his team’s 13-12 last-second comeback victory over previously unbeaten Nauset High School on Friday, Nov. 9.

The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will donate $1,000 to Plymouth South High School’s football program in Fry’s name in recognition of his Coach of the Week selection. Tippett’s visit and the check presentation will be featured on the team’s weekly television show, Patriots All Access, which airs at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, on WBZ-TV in Boston and will be available immediately after on

This is the 17th year that the Patriots have conducting the High School Coach of the Week program, which recognizes outstanding high school coaches and promotes youth football throughout New England. Tippett oversees the program as part of the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation’s commitment to youth football initiatives.

“What an outstanding play call and excellent team execution of the hook-and-ladder play to pull out a victory by Coach Fry and the Panthers,” Tippett said “I’m thrilled to present this award to Coach Fry and his team following an emotional and historic victory. I could still sense the team’s excitement during my visit. The Patriots are proud to reward Coach Fry and Plymouth South High School with a donation to the football program and we wish them luck throughout the playoffs.”

At the conclusion of the season, one high school coach will be named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 contribution toward the school’s football program.


Hall of Fame linebacker BOBBY BELL took time out of his schedule to honor one of the ten finalists for the U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame – Award for Excellence. The program, which was originally announced by Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE at the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, highlights the achievements of student athletes across the country.

"Athletes and Army Strong Soldiers possess a unique and similar set of strengths," said John Myers, Director of Marketing U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group. "We are excited to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and to recognize these outstanding student-athletes; athletes who excel in their area of sport and who also excel academically. The most important attribute is that they are upstanding members of their communities. We look forward to joining with the ten finalists in San Antonio in January and celebrating their achievements."

Bell was on hand at Keller (Texas) Central High School on Monday, Nov. 12 to honor Hunter Morrow. Morrow is the kicker for the Keller Central football team and as a finalist he will participate in activities at the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the Bowl's formal Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

"The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission to educate and promote the excellence that comes with America's favorite game, football, and combine it with the U.S. Army's mission of excellence in school, community service and through athletics,” said George Veras, president and CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises. “We are excited to recognize these ten student-athletes for their outstanding achievements and hard work.”


Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver JERRY RICE continues to promote healthy living and still looks like he could suit up on Sundays for an NFL team. However, the 50-year-old Rice has no interest in a comeback, but he was recently in San Francisco to promote Gillette's My City is My Gym campaign.

"As a former player, fitness is everything to me," said Rice, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010 after 20 seasons in the NFL. "When I played football, I would work out in the gym, and then I'd love to work out in the outdoors. It gives you life."

The goal is to show people that you can use everyday objects to get in a good workout.

"A lot of people can't afford to go to a gym because it's so expensive," Rice said. "You can just go to a park to do pushups and you can create your own workout."


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