NEWBERRY – The Newberry College Athletic Department will host A Night With the Stars on Thursday, Nov. 9 that will give fans an opportunity to mingle with college football legends George Rogers and Danny Ford.
The event will begin with a social and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. in the Gnann Conference Room at the Center for Teacher Education on Speers Street. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. with a Celebrity Question and Answer session is set to begin at 7:00 and will be emceed by Jimmie Coggins.
An online silent auction, available here, will also be held in conjunction with the event. The auction opens at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 and closes at 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 9. Proceeds from both the silent auction and A Night With the Stars will benefit Newberry’s Athletic Department.
Rogers is best known for winning the 1980 Heisman Trophy during his senior season at South Carolina. Rogers led Division I with 1,781 rushing yards as a senior, while he 5,204 career rushing yards are still the high-water mark in Gamecock history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997
The No. 1 overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, Rogers was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and won a Super Bowl with Washington in the 1987 season.
Danny Ford won 76 percent of the game he coached at Clemson from 1978-89. His chief accomplishment was coaching the Tigers to a 12-0 season and a national championship in 1981, becoming the youngest head coach to ever win a national title at age 33. He won five Atlantic Coast Conference championships and six bowl games at Clemson.
Ford also spent five years at Arkansas, winning the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division in 1995.