Former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Tim Brown will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Kickoff Luncheon.
The annual luncheon brings together the bowl’s participating teams, coaches, and fans to celebrate college football and pay tribute to our nation’s armed forces members. The event will take place at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel on Friday, Dec.22, beginning at noon CT, with a limited number of tickets available for fans to purchase. Fans can purchase by clicking here.
Brown first demonstrated his football prowess during his time spent playing at Notre Dame. His playmaking ability and record-setting performances led him to become the first wide receiver to ever win the Heisman Trophy in 1987.
Following his time with the Fighting Irish, Brown was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the No. 6 overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft. During his 16 year-long NFL career, Brown was named to nine Pro Bowl teams, and his 1,094 career receptions rank fifth in NFL history. To add to his numerous accomplishments, Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
“We’re honored to have a former Heisman Trophy winner help kick off our bowl game festivities in December” says Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “We’re looking forward to Tim sharing his experience and stories as a college athlete and as a professional at the highest level.”
Fans interested in attending the 2017 Kickoff Luncheon can purchase tickets through the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl website, www.armedforcesbowl.com. Tickets are $50.
The annual game, played in honor of the Armed Forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. The U.S. Military Academy (2010), the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012, 2015) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013, 2016) have all previously participated in the bowl.
Last year’s game saw the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeat the Navy Midshipmen 48-45, on a field goal as time expired in front of a crowd of 40,542.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.
The bowl game also created and operates the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. For additional information about the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is one of 14 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.