McAllister, Ausberry, Dannen, Rojas, Stewart to speak Tuesday, Sept. 5 at GNOSF QB Club
Saints Hall of Fame inductee Deuce McAllister, LSU Deputy Athletic Director Verge Ausberry, Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen, New Orleans Baby Cakes senior vice president and General Manager Cookie Rojas and Newman head football coach Nelson Stewart are the featured speakers at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club luncheon on Tues., Sept. 5 at noon at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, 3016 South Carrollton Avenue.
McAllister was a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2001 and played for the Saints from 2001-2008. McAllister is the leading rusher in franchise history with 6,096 yards and is the leader in rushing touchdowns with 49. He had 54 touchdowns overall.
Named to the Pro Bowl in 2002 and 2003, McAllister has been inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He now serves as color analyst and a talk show host on WWL Radio and the Saints Radio Network.
A former outstanding linebacker at LSU from New Iberia, Ausberry has served in athletic administration at his alma mater since 2001. He was named to the post of deputy director of athletics in January, 2016.
Ausberry supervises football operations, scheduling and management while overseeing track and field, among other duties.
Dannen was named athletic director at Tulane on Dec. 4, 2015. He arrived at Tulane with 27 years of athletic administration experience, including 13 as a CEO. Dannen most recently served as the athletic director at Northern Iowa, his alma mater, from 2008-15. Dannen is a native of Marshalltown, IA.
In his second year as senior vice president and general manager of the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Rojas came to New Orleans from Pawtucket, where he worked for owner and now Baby Cakes owner Lou Schwechheimer as sales manager. A former marine who served in the Persian Gulf War, Rojas also served as general manager for Brown Bears Sports Properties at Brown University.
Stewart is in his 12th season at Newman. He guided the Greenies to the Division III state semifinals in 2014 and has won 89 games while losing just 39 in his 12 seasons. Stewart played at Newman.
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. 29-Dec. 12). Click here to buy luncheon tickets online.
CrescentCitySports.com serves as the official web site of the GNOSF Quarterback Club while Compliance Technology Group remains a presenting sponsor, along with Strength Systems and WGSO 990am. Weekly releases and the list of weekly speakers can be found at CrescentCitySports.com.
For more information on joining the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Quarterback Club, contact Stan Kottemann at (504) 908-6080 or at [email protected].
**The GNOSF Quarterback Club also offers a season ticket package, covering dues and all 15 luncheons for a significant savings over the course of the season.
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