THE HELMET PROJECT
Take a trip down memory lane as we display various helmet designs worn by football teams from our region over the years. Some are obvious, some not as easy. See how many you can name and then click on the link at bottom to see how many you recall. All helmet designs and information courtesy The Helmet Project. CLICK HERE to test how many helmets you can name.
The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships to almost 250 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 13 years, and have given out about $180,000 in weights and weight equipment to 36 Greater Houston high schools in the past eight years. The high schools receiving weights are Booker T. Washington, Forest Brook, Reagan, Smiley and Houston Sterling in 2002; Kashmere, Madison, Scarborough, Wheatley and Worthing in 2003; Milby, Northbrook and Westbury in 2004; Furr, Sharpstown and Houston Austin in 2005; Willowridge, Jones, Sam Houston, Aldine and Yates in 2006; Eisenhower, Houston Lamar, Pasadena and Scarborough (again) in 2007; in 2008, Dulles, Furr (again) South Houston and Spring Woods; in 2009, Booker T. Washington (again), Hightower, Spring and Waltrip; in 2010, Alief Hastings and Jeff Davis; in 2011, Alief Elsik, Reagan (again) and Bellaire; in 2012, Humble, Houston Lee, and Madison (again); and in 2013, Hightower (again) and Lutheran North.
The TD Club has teamed up with the Houston Texans' Sean Washington, the team's director of player development, to distribute excess cleats and tennis shoes to high schools in the area. The Texans players receive multiple shoes that they cannot use each season, and the TD Club funnels those shoes to needy high schools. So far, schools assisted are in HISD, Fort Bend ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Anahuac, C.E. King, Goose Creek ISD, Bridge City, Pasadena ISD and Spring Branch schools Northbrook and Spring Woods.
We helped start the Senior Showcase in 2009 with the Houston Texans and with Houston ISD's Phil Camp and Coby Rhoden, during which more than 600 high school kids have been offered more than $60 million in scholarships and grants from NAIA and NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III schools. The event takes place in the Methodist Training Facility on the Texans campus.
About The National Football Foundation: The Touchdown Club is the Houston chapter of the NFF. Founded in 1947 with leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame -- a non-profit educational organization -- runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 121 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind.; the NFF Hampshire Honor Society; the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association; the NFF Gridiron Clubs of New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas; Play It Smart; and scholarships of over $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. The NFF presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings.
For more information, please visit www.footballfoundation.org.
Nine schools took home trophies for the 2013 Comerica Bank Sportsmanship Awards, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Winning first place in the Class 5A division was Dulles, with second by Morton Ranch and third by Oak Ridge. In the Class 4A Division, the first-place winner was Friendswood, with Tomball Memorial second and Stratford third. Kinkaid won the Private School/Class 3A division, with Woodlands Christian and Danbury tying for second. At the luncheon where the awards were presented are, from left, TD Club president Benny Pace, Kinkaid coach Stephen Hill (first place, Class 3A/Private Schools), Dulles coach Jim Creech (first place, Class 5A), Comerica Bank VP Pamela Lovett, Friendswood coach Robert Koopman (first place, Class 4A), FCA's Eric Anderson, and guest speaker Thomas McGaughey of LSU.
Photo by Neal Farmer
2012 Award Dinner Winners
Click on photograph below to view the
highlight DVD shown at our December event
'Fight ‘em until Hell freezes over, and then fight ‘em on the ice.'
-- TCU’s Dutch Meyer
'Three things happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.'
-- Texas’ Darrell Royal
'Never been licked.'
-- Movie about Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets
'I didn’t think anything of it at first. Then I thought to myself, ‘My God, he’s coming out here to hit me.' ’
-- Rice’s Dick Maegle before Alabama’s Tommy Lewis came off the bench to tackle him in the 1954 Cotton Bowl.
'He could take his’n and beat yours’n, and then he could take yours’n and beat his’n.'
-- Former Oilers head coach Bum Phillips on Don Shula
'I've found that prayer works best when you have big players.'
-- Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
'They beat us like a tied-up goat.'
-- Texas Tech's Spike Dykes
'Always remember that Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.'
-- Shug Jordan, Auburn
'We didn't tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.'
-- John McKay, USC
'Football is not a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.'
-- Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
'In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant.'
-- Wally Butts, Georgia
'Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, beat Texas.'
-- church sign in Arkansas before 1969 Shootout
'Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.'
-- Bobby Bowden, Florida State
'My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.'
-- Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee
'Gentlemen, it is better for you to have died a small boy than to fumble this football.'
-- John Heisman, Rice
If these phrases get you thinking about great football moments you have experienced, then maybe the
Touchdown Club of Houston
is for you.
HERE ARE THE NEXT EVENTS FOR THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB
Please mark your calendar:
***The Second Annual Private High School Awards Dinner, presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, which was Dec. 4, at the JW Marriott's Liberty Hall, 5150 Westheimer.
Congrats to the winners:
Coach of the Year -- Tim Fitzpatrick, St. Thomas
Ironman of the Year -- John Clarke, Houston Christian
Lineman of the Year -- Joseph Lowery, St. Thomas
Offensive Player of the Year -- Brian Newman, St. Pius X
Defensive Player of the Year -- John David Johnson, Kinkaid
***The 34th Annual UIL High School Awards Dinner, presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, will be at 7:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, at the JW Marriott's Liberty Hall.
Tickets are $45 each. All tables are 10 seats each. Tables cost $450 (regular table), $600 (bronze sponsorship), $1,000 (silver sponsorship), $1,500 (gold sponsorship) and $2,500 (platinum sponsorship).
The finalists are:
Jake Blomstrom, Katy; John Bonney, Lamar; Tsola Efejeku, George Ranch; Jarrett Johnson, Seven Lakes; Koda Martin, Manvel; Travor Myklebust, Fort Bend Austin; Brian Peavy, Westfield; Justin Phillips, Pearland; Trent Soechting, Cinco Ranch; and Zach Whitley, North Shore
Darrell Colbert, Lamar; Demarcus Felton, Dekaney; Armanti Foreman, Texas City; David Hamm, Klein; Dominique Harris, Langham Creek; Bobby Hartzog, Westside; Jarrett Hildreth, Clear Creek; Marcus Oliver, Westfield; Aaron Sharp, Summer Creek; and Najee Toran, North Shore.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Eliot Allen, Stratford; David Aymond, North Shore; Stephen Dixon, Reagan; Gary Joseph, Katy; Corby Meekins, Westfield; Ed Pustejovsky, Cy-Fair; Mark Schmid, The Woodlands; Leland Surovik, Texas City; Ricky Tullos, George Ranch; and Eric Wells, Dawson.
***Sportsmanship Luncheon, presented by Comerica Bank and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, noon, Wed., Jan. 29, 2014, JW Marriott, 5150 Westheimer.
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