MONTANA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BANQUET FILLING UP

 

Contact: Rick Halmes, 406-208-8142 or rmhalmes@hotmail.com

 

Tickets for the Montana Football Hall of Fame Banquet are on sale at all Universal Athletic locations in Montana. Individual tickets are $65 each. Contact Rick Halmes at 4062088142 or at rmhalmes@hotmail.com to purchase tickets for a whole table. 30 tables total are available for sale and 14 tables have been sold so far.

 

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.

 

Plans for a permanent Hall of Fame site at Universal Athletic in Bozeman, MT (912 N. 7th Ave) are being made.  Player jerseys, pictures, and short bios will be displayed in the permanent collection, and 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 afternoon, March 25, at the Sportsplex in Billings.  Contact coach Dixon at 4068508530 or chrisdixonsports@gmail.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, so chose to support the Stanton event.