Louisville QB Lamar Jackson Headlines 2017 Walter Camp Player of the Year Preseason Watch List

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has announced the names of forty “players to watch” for its 2017 Player of the Year award, the nation’s fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. 2016 Walter Camp Player of the Year, Louisville junior quarterback Lamar Jackson headlines the 2017 Watch List. Jackson accounted for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2016 for the Cardinals.

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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: Christopher Ficocelli

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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: Christopher Ficocelli
“Every year I look forward to taking part in the hospital visits with the Foundation.  It’s rewarding to see the enjoyment the children get with a visit by the All Americans and Alumni.”

Chris serves as a Board of Governor and has been chair of the Memorabilia Committee and Co-Chair of the Thursday Night Dinner since joining the Foundation in 2010.

Chris lives in North Haven.

Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: Liz Canning

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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: Liz Canning
Favorite Moment: “Every event that Walter Camp is a part of throughout the year makes me very proud to be a member. From Special Olympics to the Hospital visits, putting smiles on children’s faces is all that matters. Every year our Weekend gets bigger and better.”

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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: Jeremy Rosner

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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: Jeremy Rosner

Proudest Foundation Moment: “Leading the already-successful Fan Fest and molding it into the Walter Camp All-American Youth Clinic has been my favorite experience with this organization so far, and I’m excited to watch it continue to evolve. As someone who was born and raised in New Haven, it’s a joy for me to see youths from our community learn valuable lessons – about football and about life – from Walter Camp All-Americans, alumnae, and elite high school coaches. What’s equally as rewarding: the players and other adults who take part in the clinic say they get as much out of it as the youths do.
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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: John Barbarotta

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Walter Camp Leadership Spotlight: John Barbarotta
Favorite moment: “Hosting the Tebow family the year Tim won the Heisman and was our All-American Quarterback.”

John joined the Foundation in 1981 and currently serves as a Board of Governor and is a Past-President of the Foundation. John was President from 2007 to 2009.  John also served as President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary and served or chaired most Foundation committees. John is proud of the long-time friendships made with other members, sports information directors and some alumni such as Jack Del Rio (current coach of the Raiders) and Kevin Butler (long-time Bears kicker). 

John Lives in Trumbull with wife Audrey and has a grown son, Jayson and wife Kristen live in Windsor Locks with their 6 year old daughter Reese.