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Redskins Greats GEORGE ALLEN & SAM HUFF to be honored
at the 2011 Washington Football Legends Event


December 20, 2010 (Washington, D.C.)  Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach George Allen will be the recipient of the 2011 Coach Herman Boone Champion of the Gridiron Award. The recipient of the 2011 Bobby Mitchell Champion of the Gridiron Award will be Pro Football Hall of Fame Linebacker Sam Huff. These two inductees were officially announced today.

The Third Annual celebration will be held on March 12, 2011 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Washington, DC, from 6:00-9:30PM. Through the 501 (c) 3 charities, the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation and Thomas Moorehead’s, Sterling Automotive Group Foundation; the event will provide scholarships for minority students to attend college.

The awards portion of the program will honor individuals for their tremendous contributions to the sport of football and charitable service that they have made to the Washington Community. Previous recipients have included Redskins Hall of Famers Bobby Mitchell, and Charley Taylor. Past honorees at the event include Coach Herman Boone, the Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, Washington attorney and philanthropist Jack Olender and sportscaster “JB” James Brown. The event will once again be Presented by Marriott International.  The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation will serve as a Platinum Sponsor of this unique event. 

The Master of Ceremonies will be NBC’s own illustrious Jim Vance. Who currently anchors the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. editions of News4 on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. He has worked for WRC-TV since 1965, and in 1969, he became the station's main co-anchor. Vance has earned 17 Emmys and has also been named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian  magazine. He recently appeared as himself in the 2010 groundbreaking TV series "The Event."

The Honorees:

George Allen was the Head Coach of the Washington Redskins from 1971-1977. George Allen has the third best winning percentage of any NFL coach in the NFL modern era (.681), exceeded only by Vince Lombardi  and John Madden . Allen never coached a team to a losing season. This was most impressive when he joined the Washington Redskins, which had only had one winning season over the past fifteen seasons before his arrival. The Redskins reached the playoffs in five of Allen's seven years, won the 1972 NFC Championship and made it to the 1972 Super Bowl. Allen finished his NFL coaching career with a 118-54-5 overall record. He was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002. George Allen passed away on December 31, at age 72. The Redskins’ General Manager Bruce Allen and the former Virginia governor George Allen Jr. will attend the event. George Allen Jr. will accept the award on his father’s behalf. 


Robert Lee “Sam” Huff played Linebacker for the Washington Redskins from 1964-1969.  Because of his early NFL tenure was spent in the multi-media maze of New York, Sam Huff became one of the most publicized of all pro football players. At the age of 24, h e appeared on a Time Magazine cover. He was the subject of a television special, '”The Violent World of Sam Huff.” He became the face for defensive players in the NFL.  Huff joined the Redskins in 1964. Huff’s impact was immediate and the Redskins'     defense was ranked second in the NFL in 1965. Retiring after 14 seasons, playing in six NFL Title Games, five Pro Bowls, All-NFL three years and 30 interceptions. Huff was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1982. Huff will be present at the event to accept his award.                                                                                         

The announcements of the Daniel Snyder Business Community MVP Award and the George Michael excellence in the Media award are forthcoming.


About the Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation

The Shack Harris & Doug Williams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded by Grambling State University Tigers and NFL quarterback pioneers James "Shack" Harris and Doug Williams.  Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation help support economically and physically challenged youth for after-school initiatives, leadership development, mentoring programs and minority higher education assistance.  Doug Williams was the first African American quarterback to start in a Super Bowl, setting several Super Bowl passing records with the Washington Redskins and being named the game's Most Valuable Player. James "Shack" Harris was the first African American quarterback to lead a team to playoffs with the Los Angeles Rams. He was the first to be a Pro Bowl quarterback and Pro Bowl MVP.  

About Thomas A. Moorehead's Sterling Automotive Group Foundation

Sterling Automotive Group Foundation (SAGF) was founded in 2004 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Moorehead to support working families and provide academic scholarships, as well as other charitable endeavors. Locally, in the greater Washington, D.C. area, SAGF has supported community programs such as Lift Me Up!, a therapeutic horseback riding program dedicated to helping children and adults with physical, mental and/or emotional disabilities improve both their physical and mental well being, and local internship programs for students.  Thomas A. Morehead, Owner and Operator of BMW of Sterling and MINI of Sterling, Virginia, were recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as its 2007 Automobile Dealer of the Year. Under Mr. Moorehead’s guidance, Sterling Automotive Group has become one of BMW of USA’s top performing franchises in unit sales and customer satisfaction nationwide.

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