UA Alumnus To MC Hall Of Fame Event

Rece Davis of ESPN, a graduate of The University of Alabama, will be the master of ceremonies for the 2008 National Football Foundation annual awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York on December 9. The event is attended by virtually every major college football coach, director of athletics and president.



The primary function of the event is to introduce and induct the 2008 class of the College Football Hall of Fame. There will also be presentation of the NFF Gold Medal, which has been claimed by seven U.S. Presidents, four U.S. Generals, three U.S. Admirals, 25 corporate CEOs, and one U.S. Supreme Court Justice. This year's recipient is John Glenn, former United States Senator and national hero Astronaut. Other awards, including one to former Alabama football star Bill Battle, will also be presented.

"One of the top commentators in college football today, we are honored that Rece Davis has agreed to emcee the NFF's marquee event," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Rece is a true talent with an unparalleled knowledge of college football and intense passion for our sport. His quick wit and entertaining insights will add significantly to the pomp and pageantry of the night as college football's greatest legends take their rightful place in history."

Rece Davis, one of college football's most sought- after personalities and commentators, joined ESPN in March 1995 as an ESPN2 SportSmash anchor, providing five-minute news and score reports throughout the network's nightly programming. He currently serves as studio host for ESPN and ESPN2's coverage of college football and college basketball and the college basketball version of the weekly College GameDay while also working the play- by-play call on select college football games.

He has served as host of ESPN and ESPN2's College Football Final since August 1999, College Football Live-ESPN's daily college football news program and College GameNight - ESPN's daily college basketball news and highlights program.

Previously, Davis hosted ESPN2's weekend RPM 2Night and Sunday morning RPM 2Day programs (1997-1999), and ESPN2's NBA 2Night, the network's daily NBA highlights/news program (1996-97). Additionally, Davis delivers "Extra Point" commentaries on ESPN Radio. Before joining ESPN, Davis worked at WJRT-TV in Flint, Mich., as a sports anchor/reporter (1993-95). Prior to working at WJRT-TV, he was a sports anchor and sports director at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Ga. (1988-93) and a general assignment reporter for WCFT-TV in Tuscaloosa (1987-88). He also worked as a freelance television play-by-play announcer, studio host and radio announcer in select media outlets in Alabama (1987-93).

Davis, a native of Muscle Shoals, graduated cum laude from The University of Alabama in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast news and public affairs. Davis was named The University of Alabama School of Communication Broadcast Department's outstanding alumnus for 2001. Born December 14, 1965, he is married and has a son and daughter.

"No stage in college football has seen more legends than the NFF Annual Awards Dinner," said Davis. "It's a true honor to have an opportunity to play a role in highlighting the careers and accomplishments of the Hall of Famers and the night's honorees. It's also a special thrill for me to follow in the footsteps of broadcasting legend Chris Shenkel who emceed the event for more than a quarter century in the 60s, 70s and 80s."

Several more of college football's most prestigious honors will be bestowed at the event, including the prestigious NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards; the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, to the nation's top scholar-athlete; the Distinguished American Award; the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award (which will go to former Crimson Tide player Bill Battle); the John L. Toner Award for superior abilities in athletics administration; the Outstanding Football Official Award; and the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting.

Tickets to the NFF Annual Awards Dinner are $500 per person or $5,000 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or 972-556- 1000.

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