Sunday, August 3, 2014

Chick-Fil-A College Football Hall of Fame Essay Winner Winner!

Any time Chick-Fil-A opens a new restaurant, they give the first 100 customers free Chick-fil-A for a year (or at least 52 coupons to come back for free food once a week for a year). Typically people camp out outside the restaurant to win. Crazy!

The College Football Hall of Fame is relocating to Atlanta and opens on August 23. Chick-fil-A is one of the main sponsors of the Hall of Fame and is again giving away the same prize to 100 people, with a twist. 
Tell us why you love college football and you could be one of the first 100 fans to visit the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. In fact, you will not only get to visit the attraction but you will actually get to spend the night in it! You will get to tour the facility, engage in games and giveaways and camp out on the 45 yard field inside the attraction. The contest winners who comply with the Official Rules will win Free Chick-fil-A food for a Year (52 #1 Meals) and be the first guests to enter Chick-fil-A's new college-football themed restaurant located next door to the attraction. The first 100 fans will also have a chance to win prizes from Coca-Cola, AT&T, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Kia and others. Each member of the first 100 will be able to bring a guest to join in the fun!
-Tell us in 250 words or less why you love college football.
-Submissions must also include your first and last name, your favorite college football team, your home address, and a phone number where we can reach you.
-Essay submissions are due by July 27th at 11:59pm ET and the winners will be notified between July 28th and August 1st.
-Essays will be judged on passion for college football and creativity.
-Visit to learn more about college football’s new home. 
And without further adieu, here is my "award winning" essay! (I may have gone a bit over 250 words, don't tell!)

I was such a spoiled rotten college student. My freshman year at Florida State, in 1994, was smack dab in the middle of one of the most dominant runs in college football history. Unfortunately for me, FSU won a National Title the year before I got to campus and again the year after I graduated in 1998. Luckily for me, after graduating, I continued living in Tallahassee. You can even say I lived with a local celebrity!

In 1998, my roommate Kevin Fulmer, along with another friend, Josh White, had the idea to birth what is now the tradition of the Garnet & Gold Guys. They actually looked pretty terrible that first game. Luckily that was just a pay-per-view game against Duke. They painted themselves in school colors and then covered themselves in glitter. You should’ve seen Kevin’s bathroom after a game, it literally looked like a blood bath.

In January 1999, FSU played in the inaugural BCS Championship game against Tennessee. Along with 2 friends, we made the cross country drive from Tallahassee to Tempe, AZ to watch our Noles play in the National Championship Game. We were so disappointed after the loss, we got right back in the car and drove 30 hours back to Tallahassee without stopping, taking turns driving. We made the best of it, and looking back it was a great experience. The first of 3 straight National Championship Games that both myself and my Seminoles would participate in.

I look forward to seeing Ron Sellers, Ron Simmons, Fred Biletnikoff, Darrell Mudra, Bobby Bowden, Charlie Ward, Deion Sanders and eventually Jameis Winston in the College Football Hall Of Fame!

So there it is!!!! I'll report back after the event!