Border Bowl Banquet

Rocky Top Sports World
Friday, January 19, 2018
7:00 P.M.

The Border Bowl Banquet is an event to honor  players and coaches from their respective teams.  The Border Bowl Committee has been fortunate to schedule many of the best speakers from the NFL, college ranks, and the Canadian Football League.  Past speakers at the event include NFL greats Chad Pennington, Marty Moore, Scott Galyon, Clayton Holmes, Pete Kendall, and Antone Davis.  Many well-known sports experts have served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.  During the dinner  each head coach has the opportunity to address the players, parents, and guests about practice and preparation for the game.




   2018 Guest Speaker Erik Ainge






Erik Douglas Ainge (born June 12, 1986) is a former American football quarterback.  He is the nephew of former NBA player Danny Ainge, who currently serves as the general manager of the Boston Celtics.

Ainge was born in Portland, Oregon.  He was a star athlete at Glencoe High School, playing baseball and basketball his freshman and sophomore years in addition to football.  Ainge was a two-year starter at quarterback on the football team, leading his team as deep as the Oregon state quarterfinals.  Following his senior season, Ainge was named all-state, prep star all-American, and 2003 Oregon Player of the Year.  He also become one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks on the west coast.   He eventually signed with the University of Tennessee to play under head coach Phillip Fulmer.

Ainge  made an announcement to the Associated Press on June 23, 2011, stating that he would retire from the NFL due to injuries sustained to his throwing shoulder and right foot.  The Jets officially released Ainge on July 29, 2011. 

Ainge's radio show debuted on Tennessee Sports Radio (1180 AM) in October 2011.  On January 3, 2017, The Erik Ainge Show debuted on FM 99.1 Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Erik Ainge resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife Amanda, and their son and daughter.

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Former Guest Speakers

Scott Galyon

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Chad Pennington

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Scott Galyon (born March 23, 1974) is a former NFL linebacker who grew up in Seymour, TN where he played football, basketball and baseball at Seymour High School. He signed a football scholarship to play linebacker for the University of Tennessee during his senior year.

Galyon played four years at the University of Tennessee where he led the team in tackles during his junior and senior years and was voted Team Captain during his senior season. Galyon was then drafted by the New York Giants and played for seven years in the NFL, four with the Giants and three with the Miami Dolphins. He then moved back to Tennessee in 2003 and worked as a volunteer coach with his high school team, the Seymour Eagles, before eventually working with Novartis Pharmaceuticals for three years. He joined the FCA staff in December 2007.

Galyon currently serves as the Lakeway Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Representative. He is married to Chasity, who is also from Seymour, TN. They have two children Elijah and Gracie Mae. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

James Chadwick "Chad" Pennington (born June 26, 1976) is a retired American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eleven years. He is currently a color analyst for NFL telecasts on Fox. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the first round as the eighteenth overall selection in the 2000 NFL Draft.

He played college football at Marshall University. Pennington has won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award twice, in 2006 and 2008. In 2008, he finished second in MVP voting to Peyton Manning.  Pennington is the NFL's all-time leader in career completion percentage at 66.0%, among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 pass attempts. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Marty Moore

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Pete Kendall played High school football at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Massachusetts. He decided to stay in Massachusetts and play college football at Boston College where he was named all-Big East Conference as a junior and senior.


Pro career:

He was drafted in the 1996 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks with the 21st overall pick. He would later play for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets.

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Pete Kendall

Marty Moore (born March 19, 1971 in Phoenix, Arizona) and raised in Fort Thomas, Kentucky is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for eight seasons for the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. Moore played in Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXI).  Moore played high school football for Highlands High in Ft. Thomas and college football at Kentucky, playing in the 1993 Peach Bowl and becoming the final pick in the 1994 NFL Draft after his senior season. (courtesy of Wikipedia)


Antone Davis

Antone Davis is the Vol For Life Coordinator.  A Tennessee football All-American and longtime NFL offensive tackle, Antone Davis returned to Tennessee after more than two decades after he played with the Vols and earned the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in his senior season of 1990. 

     Davis spent seven years in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, playing from 1991-1997.  He started 87 of his 97 NFL games on the offensive line.  Davis was a first-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1991, who selected him eighth overall.

     The ultimate goal of the VFL program started by Davis is to reshape the culture of the program into one that produces not only great players and teams, but even greater men.

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