Novacek Hall of Fame Special Highlights the Kickoff of Wyoming Week on The Mtn.

July 24, 2009


The Mtn. - MountainWest Sports Network will air a special presentation on Monday, July 27 at 9:30pm MT featuring former University of Wyoming tight end Jay Novacek and his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The air date coincides with Wyoming Week, which airs July 27 - August 2 and concludes The Mtn.'s Nine Schools, Nine Weeks of summer programming.

Hosted by The Mtn. network anchor Marius Payton on location in South Bend, Ind., the Jay Novacek College Football Hall of Fame Special includes a two-part interview with Novacek on his college and pro days with insight from long-time friend and teammate, Troy Aikman, and former coach and television analyst Lou Holtz, both members of the 2008 College Football Hall of Fame class. Viewers will be treated to an exclusive tour of the College Football Hall of Fame by the head curator and listen in as Jay allowed The Mtn. producers to mic him up during the Enshrinement Golf Tournament as they followed him throughout the events surrounding the enshrinement of the 2008 class on July 17-18.

Novacek is one of 13 former college football players and two former college coaches inducted into the 2008 College Hall of Fame class. From 1982-84 at Wyoming, Novacek had 83 receptions for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns while playing in a wishbone offense. A Consensus All-American in 1984, his NCAA record for highest average gain per reception in a single season by a tight end (22.6 yards per catch) still stands today. His subsequent NFL career with St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys would see him win three Super Bowls in four seasons with Dallas, play in four Pro Bowls (1991-95), garner All-Pro (1991, 92) honors twice and All-NFC accolades three times (1991, 92, 95).

The Mountain West Conference will be represented in the 2009 College Football Hall of Fame class by Gordon Hudson (TE, BYU, 1980-83) and John Robinson (Head Coach, UNLV, 1999-2004).

The show caps a trio of special presentations airing July 27 on The Mtn. as The Mountain Summit: Football Coaches (7 p.m. MT) and 2009 MWC Media Day (8 p.m. MT) precede the Jay Novacek College Football Hall of Fame Special.

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