Grant Recipients

Eric LeGrand

The CFAF was inspired by Rutgers University football player Eric LeGrand, who experienced a life-changing spinal cord injury during a game against Army in 2010. The first grant was made to help Eric modify his home for his new condition.

Budge Porter

Former University of Nebraska football player Budge Porter suffered a catastrophic neck dislocation during a Cornhusker practice in 1976, which led to paralysis. A CFAF grant helped Budge build his first fully wheelchair-accessible home.

Donnie Salum

Donnie Salum, a former University of Arizona linebacker, was recently diagnosed with an extremely rare form of bone tumor at the base of his skull, touching his brain stem. A CFAF grant was made to assist with medical costs.

Sterling Thomas

Sterling Thomas, a defensive back at Lindenwood University in Missouri, suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury during a 2012 game versus Missouri Southern. The CFAF provided a grant to Thomas to help cover the cost of home modifications.

Devon Walker

Tulane University's Devon Walker collapsed after an accidental helmet-to-helmet hit during a 2012 game against Tulsa. Devon suffered a spine fracture, dramatically altering his life, and that of his family. The CFAF provided a grant to Walker to help ease the cost of family travel.

Jeremy Ioane

Jeremy Ioane is a football student-athlete at Boise State University. Jeremy is battling an auto-immune disease which is affecting his kidneys and will need a kidney transplant. The CFAF provided a grant to a fund that was created to help Jeremy and his family pay for the medical expenses and bills that won't be covered by insurance.

Tyrell Williams

On September 5, 2015, Williams shattered sections of his vertebrae while making a tackle. He endured nine hours of surgery, receiving a spinal fusion, inserted rods and a prosthetic intervertebral disc. Tyrell, a junior linebacker for the Georgetown Hoyas, was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, one of the nation's top rehabilitation hospitals for spinal cord and brain injury. The CFAF grant helped his parents & brother be with him during this time, first in Pennsylvania and now in Atlanta.

Devon Gales

Devon Gales, a wide receiver from Southern University, suffered a severe spinal injury on September 26, 2015 during a game in Athens, GA. He underwent successful surgery the following day and was then transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The CFAF grant helped the Gales family cover travel and loss-of-income expenses immediately following the injury.

Eric Affeldt
President & CEO,
ClubCorp, Inc.
David Bailiff
Head Football Coach,
Rice University
Bob Beaudine
Author – The Power of Who, CEO, Eastman & Beaudine
Brad Brookshire
Brookshire Grocery Company
Troy Calhoun
Head Football Coach,
U.S. Air Force Academy
Margo Daniels
Assistant Tournament Director
Pebble Beach Company
Fisher DeBerry
Past President, American Football Coaches Association
Former Head Football Coach,
U.S. Air Force Academy
Chris Del Conte
Athletic Director,
Rich Ellerson
Former Head Football Coach,
Larry Fedora
Head Football Coach,
University of North Carolina
Jeff Fehlis,
Director of Global Sales,
American Airlines
Dennis Franchione
Former Head Football Coach,
(Texas State, New Mexico, TCU, Alabama & Texas A&M)
Todd Graham
Head Football Coach,
Arizona State University
James “Shack” Harris
Former NFL Pro Bowl Quarterback
Kathleen Hessert
Buzz Manager, Inc.
Kirby Hocutt
Athletics Director,
Texas Tech
Clark Hunt
Chairman & CEO,
Kansas City Chiefs
Paul Johnson
Head Football Coach,
Georgia Tech
June Jones
Former Head Football Coach
(Hawai’i & SMU)
Stephen Jones
Executive VP & COO,
Dallas Cowboys
George Killebrew
Executive Vice President,
Dallas Mavericks
Bill King
Nationally Known Sports Talk Radio Host, Sirius XM
Paul B. Loyd, Jr.
PBL Holdings
Donna Lucas
CEO & President,
Lucas Public Affairs
Warren Moon
NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback
Rick Neuheisel
Former Head Football Coach (Colorado, UCLA & Washington)
Kenny Niumatalolo
Head Football Coach,
U.S. Naval Academy
Houston Nutt
Former Head Football Coach
Steve Orsini
Former Athletic Director,
James A. Pappas
P.J. Mechanical Corp.
T. Boone Pickens
John Priore
Priority Payment Systems
Dr. Jerry Punch
Physician & Broadcaster
Dan Radakovich
Athletic Director,
Jackie Sherrill
Former Head Football Coach (Washington State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Mississippi State)
Jeff Staubauch
Executive Vice-President,
Jones Lang LaSalle
Mark Steines
Entertainment Tonight
Grant Teaff
AFCA Executive Director
Former Head Football Coach (McMurry, Angelo State & Baylor)
Dick Tomey
Past President, American Football Coaches Association
Former Head Football Coach (Arizona, Hawai’i & San Jose)
Walter Umphrey
Attorney, Provost,
Umphrey Law Firm
Mike Wade
Vice President,
AdvoCare International
Devon Walker
Former Tulane Defensive Back
& CFAF Grant Recipient
Doug Williams
Super Bowl MVP Quarterback
Senior VP of Player Personnel, Washington Redskins
Bob Wilson
President, Wilson Air Center
Executive VP, Kemmons Wilson