MOBILE, AL (ASU) – The GoDaddy Bowl festivities continued Friday as the Arkansas State football team participated in the annual Mayor's Luncheon at the Mobile Convention Center, where those in attendance enjoyed a 2013 Red Wolves highlight video, a live performance by the A-State band and cheerleaders and heard from a number of speakers that included A-State Chancellor Dr. Tim Hudson and former NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
Arkansas State University alumnus Johnny Allison, the founder of Home BancShares and Centennial Bank, was also recognized as one of the GoDaddy Bowl's latest Champion of Life honorees. Home BancShares is one of just seven publicly traded banks or thrift holding companies currently assigned an A-plus (Excellent) rating by TheStreet Ratings.
Since its inception in 1999, the GoDaddy Bowl (formerly the GMAC Bowl) has given numerous Champion of Life awards. Honorees have achieved great success in their chosen field through dedication and hard work.
Prior to the luncheon, A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir and interim head coach John Thompson participated in a press conference with others involved in the Mayor's Luncheon, including Favre, City of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and David Welsh with GoDaddy.
"This is another exciting day for Red Wolves football," said Mohajir. "We are excited to be back here in Mobile, and this has been an outstanding experience once again. On behalf of Arkansas State Chancellor Dr. Hudson and President Dr. (Chuck) Welch, we were happy to accept the invitation to play in the GoDaddy Bowl. I want to thank (bowl president) Jerry Silverstein and the great staff of the GoDaddy Bowl, who have all been wonderful. I also want to thank GoDaddy Bowl Brand Manager David Welsh and Mayor Stimpson and the city of Mobile for extending their hospitality to us."
Thompson began addressing the media by saying that despite the Red Wolves making their third straight appearance in the GoDaddy Bowl, the team is as enthusiastic as ever about being a part of the game.
"We are extremely excited about being here, and a large reason for that is the outstanding hospitality shown by the city of Mobile and everyone associated with the bowl game," said Thompson. "We've got two good teams that are here for a reason, they both know how to win, and we're looking forward to an exception battle on Sunday night."
Bowl tickets are only $45 per ticket when purchased through the A-State Ticket Office. Fans can go to AStateRedWolves.com and click on ‘Bowl Game Central' (astateredwolves.com/bowlgame) to order tickets.
The A-State Ticket Office will also be selling tickets at A-State's team hotel, the Renaissance Riverview Plaza, Jan. 4 between 2-6:30 p.m.