Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Announces Game Ball Delivery Honorees
Tennessee’s Al Wilson and NC State’s Torry Holt honored on Friday night; Auburn’s Randy Campbell and Clemson’s Jeff Davis represent their teams on Saturday.
ATLANTA (August 30, 2012) – In keeping with its tradition of inviting team celebrities to deliver the game ball prior to both the Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, game officials today released the names of the game ball delivery honorees for this weekend’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.
Two-time All-SEC and 1998 consensus All-American linebacker Al Wilson will deliver the game ball for the Tennessee Volunteers. Wilson was a member of the 1998 National Championship team that finished the season undefeated. Wilson was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft and played eight years for the franchise, being named to the Pro Bowl five times.
Former ACC Player of the Year Torry Holt will deliver the game ball for the NC State Wolfpack. The wide receiver was named a consensus All-American in 1998, his senior season in which he also broke the ACC records for receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,604). After being drafted sixth overall, Holt went on to an 11-year career in the NFL, in which he was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams in his rookie season.
Wilson and Holt will ride together in a KIA Soul – provided by official vehicle sponsor KIA Motors – to midfield just prior to the coin flip to present the officiating crew with a pair of game balls from the two teams.
Randy Campbell, who quarterbacked Auburn to an SEC Championship in 1983, will deliver the game ball for the Auburn Tigers. Campbell led a balanced-offense that included former running back Bo Jackson. Campbell finished his career at Auburn with a 20-4 record as well as ownership of Auburn’s lowest interception ratio (five interceptions in 300 attempts).
First-team All-American selection Jeff Davis will deliver the game ball for the Clemson Tigers. The former linebacker was named ACC Player of the Year in 1981, the same year he led Clemson to a national championship as team captain. He currently is third all-time in Clemson history for career tackles (469) and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Davis played six seasons in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Campbell and Evans will ride together in a KIA Optima – provided by official vehicle sponsor KIA Motors – to midfield just prior to the coin flip to present the officiating crew with a pair of game balls from the two teams.
The pair joins a list of other game ball honorees that include Herschel Walker (Georgia), Natrone Means (North Carolina), Chuck Wiley (LSU), Charlie Ward (Florida State), George Rogers (South Carolina), Shaun Alexander (Alabama) and Antonio Freeman (Virginia Tech) among others.
In addition to the delivering the game ball, the honorees will be on hand to make appearances and sign autographs at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game FanZone presented by Coca-Cola Zero, prior to the traditional team walks.