MFHOF media release
Tickets for tables of 8 have been selling briskly since February 1st. 30 tables are available, 18 tables have been sold so far. There are 30 total tables available, 12 of those are left for sale. Individual tickets went on sale at all Universal Athletic stores in Montana last week at $65 each, you can also go to Montana Football Hall of Fame facebook page to purchase tickets. Contact Rick Halmes at 4062088142 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for tables of tickets.
The Red Lion Hotel in Billings will again be host facility, starting with a picture and autograph session for families and fans at 5pm, Saturday March 25.
The Montana Football Hall of Fame was created by a football alumni organization, The Big Huddle, for the purpose of recognizing the commitment of over 215 student athletes from a Montana High School or College that signed a contract to play at the elite professional level in the NFL or CFL. One of this year’s inductees, Bob O’Billovich from Butte, has spent over 50 years in the CFL as a player, coach or GM. His former team, the Hamilton Tiger Cats won this year’s Grey Cup over another Montana coached team, the Calgary Stampeders of Coach Dave Dickenson who was inducted into the MFHOF in last year’s inaugural class. Besides O’Billovich, other inductees confirmed to attend are Dennis Erickson, MSU; and Harley Lewis, UofM, in the support category, and players Mike Tilleman, Bill Kollar, who is still coaching with the Denver Broncos, Tim Hauck, still coaching with the Philadelphia Eagles, Kirk Scrafford, UofM, and Dwan Edwards, from Columbus High School, recently retired from the Carolina Panthers. All have committed to attending this year’s ceremony with the exception of Scrafford, who is still working on details.
A new addition to this year’s banquet event will be a presentation from the National Football Foundation presenting the Montana High School player of the year. Also, 3 posthumous additions to the hall of fame will include former UofM trainer Naseby Rhinehart, Wild Bill Kelly, Butte, and Aldo Forte, Anaconda, who had a legendary career with the Chicago Bears as a player and then for two decades as a coach and advisor to the Detroit Lions. One of Forte’s best friends was the late Bill Lazetich, also from Anaconda, who was in the inaugural class last year. Bruce Parker, RMC Athletic Director, will again serve as Emcee.
Finishing touches are being made to the permanent Hall of Fame site at Universal Athletic store on Main St in Bozeman. Plans are for a player’s jersey, pictures, and short bios to be displayed in the permanent collection. Future plans will include an electronic digital display of interviews and player game film of each inductee.
Chris Dixon, AFL MVP, will be hosting a youth skill camp on Saturday morning, March 25, at the Sportsplex in Billings. Contact coach Dixon at 406-850-8530 or email@example.com
Montana Football Hall of Fame weekend events were originally planned to include a coach’s clinic as well. However, Big Huddle organizers found out about a camp in Miles City on March 18 to honor the late Dan Stanton, and chose to support the Stanton event.