Lewis, Blair, Graffagnini, Jones, Lamothe to speak Tuesday at GNOSF QB Club
Saints Hall of Fame inductee Michael Lewis, LSU play-by-play voice Chris Blair, Tulane play-by-play voice Todd Graffagnini, St. Augustine head coach Nathaniel Jones and Helen Cox head coach Skip Lamothe will be the featured speakers at the weekly meeting of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at noon at Rock’n’Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans.
A native of New Orleans who attended Grace King and Bonnabel, Lewis did not play college football before trying out for the New Orleans Saints, making his hometown team and becoming an All-Pro and Pro Bowl kick return man in 2002. Lewis set an NFL record for combined kick-punt return yardage that season with 2,432 yards.
Lewis remains the Saints’ all-time career leader in putn returns (142) and punt return yardage (1,482). Lewis played for the Saints from 2001-06 and he was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame in 2015.
In his third year as the Voice of the LSU Tigers on radio, Blair spent 10 years as the Voice of Georgia Southern athletics. Blair also worked for the Clemson Tiger Sports Network and for Lander University.
In his 12th year at Tulane University, Graffagnini, a New Orleans native, graduated from Jesuit High School and Loyola University.
In his first year as the head coach at St. Augustine after serving as an assistant coach as an assistant coach for the Purple Knights. A New Orleans native, Jones played at Karr and served as the head coach at his alma mater from 2013-15. He is a graduate of Louisiana-Monroe.
In his third year at Helen Cox, Lamothe previously served as the head coach at L.B. Landry and at O. Perry Walker. Lamothe served as an assistant at John Ehret, McDonogh 35 and West St. John.
Speakers from the New Orleans Saints, LSU, Tulane and prep football will address the audience weekly, along with special guest speakers from the sports world locally and nationally.
A local high school player of the week is chosen throughout the season with a metro prep player of the year announced at the end of the season, sponsored by the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Lunch is served weekly every Tuesday.
In addition, Chevron sponsors student-athletes of the week each week, who receive plaques and recognition for their accomplishments in the classroom.
Annual standard membership is $50. Luncheons are $20 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members for the 16 week schedule (Aug. 28-Dec. 11). All are welcome to attend.
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