SOURCE: Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

October 07, 2011 06:00 ET

Jacksonville Jaguars Honor the 100th Birthday of President Reagan by Participating in Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss

Florida Teams Among Nearly 7,000 High School, College, and NFL Teams Across America Participating in the Ronald Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss; "I Love Football!" -Ronald Reagan, November 23, 1990 at a College Football Scholarship Luncheon in Los Angeles, CA

JACKSONVILLE, FL--(Marketwire - Oct 7, 2011) - The Jacksonville Jaguars will honor the 100th birthday of President Ronald Reagan by using a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commemorative Coin before their game this Sunday. The Jaguars will join nearly 7,000 high school, college, and NFL football teams across America participating in the Ronald Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss -- including hundreds of high schools and colleges in Florida. An image of the coin that will be tossed this Sunday at EverBank Field bearing President Reagan's image is included.

This national, grassroots event is part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration, a historic, year-long tribute sponsored by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

The Reagan Centennial National Football Coin Toss is co-chaired nationally by four football legends:

  • College Football Hall of Famer Lou Holtz
  • Boston College and NFL quarterback Doug Flutie
  • Four-time Super Bowl Champion and MVP Lynn Swann
  • Oklahoma football great and former US Congressman JC Watts

Major universities such as the University of Oklahoma, University of Alabama, University of Southern California and Notre Dame are participating. Schools from coast to coast and every state are tossing the Reagan Centennial Coin.

"The National Football Coin Toss celebrates the values that football teaches such as leadership, teamwork, and drive, which Ronald Reagan embraced and exemplified throughout his life," said Stewart McLaurin, Executive Director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation's Centennial Celebration. "We are honored that the Jacksonville Jaguars would recognize this historic moment in such a special way."

President Reagan played high school football in Illinois, started his career as a radio college football broadcaster, and played a number of iconic football roles in movies such as "Knute Rockne: All American," where he uttered the famous line, "Win one for the Gipper." In 1985, via live video feed from the Oval Office, he also flipped the coin to start Super Bowl XIX. (See below for more information on Ronald Reagan's football ties).

"Whether on the football field in High School and College, or behind the desk in the Oval Office, Ronald Reagan played to win," said T. Boone Pickens, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. "To him, leadership and good sportsmanship were instincts -- not choices. We could certainly use more of those values on and off the field today."

For more information on how your program can participate in the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commemorative Coin Toss, please visit

About Football and Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was a guard for the North Dixon (Illinois) Dukes high school. He would later write in his memoirs that "filling out one of those purple and white jerseys became the noblest and most glamorous goal in my life." In college, he played guard and also punted for the Eureka College Red Devils.

In 1932, Ronald Reagan was a broadcaster for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Soon, he transferred to sister station WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and was promoted to be a regular announcer for the station. He would later write, "for a twenty-one year old fresh out of college, broadcasting the Big Ten games was like a dream." Ronald Reagan recalled in his memoirs that one of his most memorable games during his college football announcing career was one in which Gerald Ford played Center for the University of Michigan.

Ronald Reagan's first film was playing a radio announcer in "Love Is on the Air," which jumpstarted his acting career. In Hollywood, he played the role of Notre Dame legend George "The Gipper" Gipp in the film "Knute Rockne, All American" (1940); from it, he acquired the lifelong nickname, "The Gipper."

President Reagan taped a public service announcement about college football

In 1983, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) bestowed upon President Reagan the prestigious Tuss McLaughry Award. The Tuss McLaughry Award, established in 1964, is given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others. It is named in honor of DeOrmond "Tuss" McLaughry, the first full-time secretary-treasurer of the AFCA and one of the most dedicated and influential members in the history of the Association.

In 1985, President Reagan flipped the coin for Super Bowl XIX via video from the White House

In 1987, President Reagan signed into law legislation that allowed the AFCA to set up a qualified pension plan. Then-president of AFCA, Lavell Edwards of Brigham Young, called the signing, "One of the most significant events in the 65-year history of the Association."

In 1990 President Reagan received the Theodore Roosevelt Award, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's highest honor to recognize an individual for whom competitive athletics in college and attention to physical well-being thereafter have been important factors in a distinguished career of national significance and achievement.

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