2014-03-17 14:53:37 - The Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation honored the former Pro Bowler with its most prestigious award at its annual Scholar-Leader-Athlete Dinner.
HAMILTON, N.J. – In honor of his ongoing involvement in the local community, former New York Giants Pro Bowler Jessie Armstead continues to receive recognition. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame was the latest organization to recognize the efforts of the current co-owner of Hamilton Honda and Englewood Cliffs Cadillac, presenting him with the prestigious Distinguished American Award at its 52nd annual George Wah Memorial Scholar-Leader-Athlete Dinner.
The honor was established in 1966 by the National Football Foundation to recognize an outstanding person who has maintained a lifetime interest in the game of football, exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made significant contributions to the improvement of the game. Mr. Armstead was selected by
the chapter’s Executive Committee thanks to nominations from various individuals associated with the Delaware Valley Chapter, such as former award recipients, board members and corporate leaders.
Established in 1962, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation is intimately involved in amateur football in the Central New Jersey area. Covering six counties, 23 high schools and two colleges, Delaware Valley is a visible presence throughout the year. The annual Scholar-Leader-Athlete banquet is the premier event for the chapter.
The dinner attracts over 450 football enthusiasts annually. Each of the high schools honor its top student-athlete, along with top performers from the College of New Jersey and Princeton University. All students, decked out in donated tuxedos from Gianni's Formal Wear, receive a college scholarship. Since the banquet's inception, over $650,000 in scholarships have been given to date, including $30,000 at this year’s dinner. Aside from Mr. Armstead’s honor, other awards are also presented during the evening, including the Contribution to Amateur Athletics, Contribution to Youth Football, the Jack Millard Officials Award, the Hank Johns Coach of the Year Award, the Pop Warner Little Scholar Award and the President's Chapter Award.
About Jessie Armstead:
Jessie Armstead is the co-owner of Hamilton Honda, in Hamilton, NJ, and Englewood Cliffs Cadillac, in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. He is best known as a former linebacker who played 11 seasons in the NFL, most notably with the New York Giants, earning five Pro Bowl selections. He is also a member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor. Armstead continues to work with the Giants as a special assistant and consultant.
Mr. Armstead is also an active supporter of various good causes, such as the Children’s Miracle Network, Jimmy’s Fund, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, YWCA, SKOR and Ryan’s Quest. For his efforts, the YMCA honored Armstead with its prestigious 2010 Community Enrichment Award. In 2013, he received the Man of The Year Award at the New York Giants Big Blue BBQ and received honorary lifetime membership to the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 66.