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.
It has been a busy summer for Hall of Fame running back EARL CAMPBELL. He is not only working with former HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg to create a documentary about his life which will air in December, but he also just finished hosting a football camp at Conroe High School this past Saturday.
In addition to Campbell, fellow Hall of Famer TONY DORSETT as well as former NFL running back Eric Metcalf were also involved in the camp. The Earl Campbell Football Camp which was held at Buddy Moorhead Memorial Stadium was free of charge and stressed the fundamentals of sportsmanship and life skills through youth football.
Campbell also held a meet and greet autograph session at Chofa’s Sports Bar and Grill after the event. Most guests didn’t have to look very far to find something for him to sign since he was featured on the cover of the most recent Sports Illustrated magazine.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame recently has partnered with the PGA of America to create the Hall of Fame Invitational. The tournament is scheduled to be held on Sept. 27, 2012 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia, Ill.
“The PGA of America is thrilled to host the Hall of Fame Invitational in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Michael Belot, 2012 Ryder Cup Director. “This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans to spend a day golfing with their football heroes and gain admittance to the 2012 Ryder Cup, which is a sold-out event.”
The officially sanctioned Ryder Cup event will pair participants with a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as they take on a classic championship golf course. To date, confirmed Pro Football Hall of Fame participants include DERMONTTI DAWSON, CHRIS DOLEMAN, MARSHALL FAULK, DAN HAMPTON, MIKE HAYNES, JAMES LOFTON, RANDALL MCDANIEL, WARREN MOON, ANTHONY MUÑOZ, BRUCE SMITH, THURMAN THOMAS and KELLEN WINSLOW.
“The Hall of Fame Invitational is a wonderful way to bring together the great sports of football and golf while celebrating the 2012 Ryder Cup,” said George Veras, President/CEO of Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises. “Participants are going to have an unforgettable experience, and on behalf of everyone at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we’re looking forward to a terrific day on the course.”
Speaking of golf, Hall of Fame tight end CHARLIE SANDERS is hosting his own golf tournament called Have a Heart – Save a Life Charity Golf Outing on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Knollwood Country Club in West Bloomfield, Mi. The proceeds from this event each year go to support the Charlie Sanders Scholarship Foundation which seeks to make a difference in the lives of children.
This year the Charlie Sanders Scholarship Foundation will donate the money generated from the golf outing to the Healthy Heart Check Program at the Beaumont Hospital. The program is designed to prevent sudden death in children due to cardiac arrest from abnormal heart structure or abnormal rhythms by providing regular screenings.
Participants will be able to golf with the likes of Hall of Famer LEM BARNEY, former Detroit Lions players Lomas Brown and Herman Moore and even Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo. Once play concludes, everyone will gather in the clubhouse for a well-deserved dinner, silent auction and awards ceremony.
Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end BRUCE SMITH is set to inspire community service as the keynote speaker during the United Way's Regional Campaign Kick-off event on Aug. 9, 2012 at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
The luncheon is the official kick off to the United Way's annual fundraising drive for the Tri-Cities' United Way chapters and is being hosted by the United Way of Russell and Washington Counties and sponsored by Mountain States Health Alliance.
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HOF Bios: Earl Campbell | Dermontti Dawson | Chris Doleman | Marshall Faulk | Dan Hampton | Mike Haynes | James Lofton | Randall McDaniel | Warren Moon | Anthony Muñoz | Charlie Sanders | Bruce Smith | Thurman Thomas | Kellen Winslow
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