The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation will release six new video features from college football legends and broadcasters as part of the fifth annual Extra Yard for Teachers (EYFT) Week September 14-21. The vignettes, which will debut on EYFT social media channels, feature former student-athletes Kirk Herbstreit (Ohio State), Raghib “Rocket” Ismail (Notre Dame), Billy Sims (Oklahoma), Maria Taylor (Georgia), LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU), and Keena Turner (Purdue). All tell stories of the pivotal role a teacher played in their development as a student and a person.
Fans are encouraged to participate in Extra Yard for Teachers Week by honoring teachers who positively impacted their lives by creating their own tribute videos on social media using the hashtags #ItOnlyTakesOne and #ExtraYardWeek. Fans can further support education by adding a donation sticker to their Instagram stories for the CFP Foundation or by donating directly through the CFP Foundation’s Facebook page.
The CFP Foundation’s “It Only Takes One” series enters its third year after garnering millions of views on social media since its 2017 debut. The Foundation will re-release its previous episodes this week alongside the 2019 vignettes as part of its overall effort to honor and celebrate teachers. Additional videos include Troy Aikman (UCLA), Tim Brown (Notre Dame), Tony Dorsett(Pitt), “Mean” Joe Greene (North Texas), Daryl Johnston (Syracuse),Russell Maryland (Miami), Herschel Walker (Georgia) and Darren Woodson(Arizona State). All told, the campaign features gridiron greats who have won four Heisman Trophies, seven national championships and 21 Super Bowl titles. The vignettes are scheduled to be shown in stadiums during select home games at each player’s respective alma maters, as well as on social channels of the institutions’ respective conferences.
“We’re grateful these former student-athletes are willing to share stories about the one teacher who inspired them,” said CFP Foundation Executive Director Britton Banowsky. “All of us can point to a teacher who made a significant, lasting impact on our lives. By sharing these stories on a national platform, these football legends and broadcasters will help the CFP Foundation celebrate, recognize and elevate teachers, a critical part of our mission.”
Supported by the CFP Foundation and its college football partners, EYFT Week was created in 2015 as a national celebration of teachers. The CFP Foundation works in close partnership with the institutions, conferences, bowls, ESPN, and education supporters across the country to recognize and elevate the meaningful work of teachers.
The College Football Playoff Foundation is the largest sports entity in America that is supporting education, and its nationwide Extra Yard for Teachers platform has collectively invested approximately $30 million in support of education. Extra Yard for Teachers is successful in supporting and uplifting teachers by focusing on four major areas: Recognition, Resources, Professional Development, Recruitment and Retention. In its first five years, the CFP Foundation has supported more than 250,000 teachers nationwide, creating a positive impact for more than 5.5 million students.
For more information about the CFP Foundation, visit cfp-foundation.org.