Expanding on its mission to honor those who make a positive impact on professional football, the hall will recognize outstanding contributions from members of four groups who are critical to the success of the game on the field and behind the scenes.
Individuals who have spent their soccer careers as assistant coaches, sports coaches, equipment managers and public relations personnel will receive awards for excellence from their respective groups. These names will be exhibited in a dedicated area of the Hall of Fame Museum from 2022.
“We are very excited to bring these important professions within the game into the spotlight,” said Saleem Choudhry, vice president of Museum / Exhibit Services, in a statement released by the hall. “There are hundreds of people who have made professional football the most popular sport in the United States. This is an opportunity to appreciate how you have helped build the game. “
Each of the four groups has chosen its own selection committee as well as criteria and time frames for the recognition of its members. The coaches, trainers, managers and PR committees each select five members for their first Class of 2022 award winners in their self-determined selection process – without any involvement from the Hall of Fame.
The recipients of the Awards of Excellence will be invited to the introductory week 2022 in Canton next August.
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Here are the members of the selection committee who will determine the recipients of the Awards of Excellence in each category:
Selection committee for assistant coaches
Jimmy Raye, NFL advisor, retired offensive coordinator; Tony Dungy, NBC studio analyst for Sunday Night Football, retired head coach; Bill Cowher, CBS studio analyst, retired head coach; Mike Holmgren, NFL head coach and retired general manager; Terry Robiskie, retired offensive coordinator.
Selection committee for sports trainers
Justin Maher (committee chairman), physical therapist / assistant athletic trainer, New York Giants; Nate Weir, Rehabilitation Coordinator / Assistant Athletic Trainer, Green Bay Packers; James Collins, director of soccer / medical services, Los Angeles Chargers; Jim Mason, Head Athletic Trainer, Dallas Cowboys; Sonia Rauf, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Pittsburgh Steelers; David Glover, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Kansas City Chiefs; Katy Rogers, Assistant Athletic Trainer, Carolina Panthers; Steve Antonopulos, retired director of sports medicine, Denver Broncos; Ronnie Barnes, Senior Vice President of Medical Services / Head Athletic Trainer, New York Giants; Pepper Burruss, Retired Head Athletic Trainer, Green Bay Packers; H. Rod Martin, Retired Head Athletic Trainer, Oakland Raiders; Reggie Scott, Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance, Los Angeles Rams.
Device Manager Selection Committee
Dan Simmons, Retired Equipment Manager, New Orleans Saints, and current Alumni and Legends Development Coordinator for Saints; Tony Medlin, device manager, Chicago Bears; Mike McCord, equipment manager, Dallas Cowboys; Gordan Batty, Equipment Manager, Green Bay Packers; Mike Davidson, Retired Equipment Manager, Kansas City Chiefs and current Associate Historian and Curator of the Chiefs Hall of Honor.
Selection committee for public relations
Pete Abitante, executive director of the National Football League; Kevin Byrne, former executive vice president of Baltimore Ravens; Rich Dalrymple, Senior Vice President Public Relations & Communications, Dallas Cowboys; Charlie Dayton, retired vice president of public relations, Carolina Panthers; Bill Keenist, retired vice president of public relations, Detroit Lions; Artis Twyman, vice president of communications, Los Angeles Rams; Gary Wright, retired vice president of public relations, Seattle Seahawks