Carter and Griffin to Coach Teams in

16th Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game


Memphis – Jerome Griffin and David Carter, two of the top coaches in the Memphis area, will lead the teams in the 16th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Football Game presented by ARS/Conway Services and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office. Griffin, the head coach at Wooddale High School, will coach the Red Team. Carter, the head coach at St. George’s Independent School, will coach the Blue Team. The All-Star Game will feature the top players from Shelby County Schools and private schools in the Memphis area.

The game will be played Saturday, December 9 at Memphis University School. Kickoff is at 2:30 pm. Tickets cost $10, for kids 6 and under the cost is $5. The All-Star Game will be telecast live on WLMT CW30 and broadcast on radio by Sports 56/87.7 FM.

“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game is now well established and entrenched as one of the marquee events on the local high school scene,” said AutoZone Liberty Bowl executive director Steve Ehrhart. “With two of the most outstanding coaches from Memphis leading the teams, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has created over the past fifteen years.”

Jerome Griffin is in his second season as head coach at Wooddale and his thirteenth season overall as a head coach. He served eight seasons as head coach at Sheffield High School, followed by three seasons at Hamilton High School before taking over the Wooddale program in 2016. His teams have been perennial participants in the state playoffs. Griffin’s rebuilding Wooddale team has a record of 5-3 this season. He served as an assistant coach in the All-Star Game the last three years.

“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives Memphis a chance to showcase the abundance of talent in the Memphis area,” said Griffin. “It gives many seniors one last opportunity to go out as a winner in their final high school game if they didn’t win the state championship. It’s a great way to kick-off the activities for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.”

David Carter began his head coaching career in 2010 at SBEC (Northpoint Christian School). He was named head coach at St. George’s in 2013. His Gryphon’s team was State Runner-Up in 2013, reached the State Semi-Finals in 2014 and 2016 and won the State Championship in 2015 with a 13-1 record. Carter served as an assistant coach in the All-Star Game the last three seasons.

“The AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game gives the fans an opportunity to see local talent that, in many cases, they have only heard or read about,” said Carter. “Because of the exposure the game has created over the past years, there has been an increase in appreciation for the overall talent that Memphis and Shelby County have at all levels.”

The All-Star teams will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of area head coaches and other football analysts.

Each team will consist of players selected from the following schools. Each player must have the recommendation of his head coach and will be selected on the basis of his character, on-field achievement and classroom performance. Player nominations must be submitted to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl by Friday, October 20.

The Commodores to Receive AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award
Pop and Motown Legends to Headline President’s Gala and Halftime Show 

Grammy Award-winning group The Commodores have been selected as the recipient of the 2016 AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Each year, this award is presented in recognition of excellence in the field of music and entertainment, as well as service to the community. The Commodores will receive the award at the President’s Gala at the Peabody Hotel at 6:30 pm on December 29, 2016. Past recipients include Danny Thomas, Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Lou Rawls, Clint Black, Little Richard, Alabama, The Beach Boys, LeAnn Rimes, The O’Jays, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Temptations and Big & Rich.

The Commodores will be the headline honoree at the President’s Gala Dinner Dance and star in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s halftime spectacular on December 30, 2016. The AutoZone Liberty Bowl game will kick off at 11 am.

The Commodores have been churning out hit after hit for three decades. Today, The Commodores remain a force in the music industry performing their many hit songs in high-energy shows on their worldwide tour.

The Commodores have sold 70 million albums with seven #1 Hits. The Commodores list of hit songs includes “Easy”, Three Times a Lady”, “Nightshift”, “Brick House”, “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” and “Still”.

For tickets to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Presidents’ Gala or the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Football Classic, call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or visit the Tickets Page of our website.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl to Honor
Tim McCarver
with Distinguished Citizen Award

Event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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Former St. Louis Cardinals star and Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver will be the guest of honor and will receive the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s most prestigious recognition, the Distinguished Citizen Award on June 25.
McCarver, who was born in Memphis and attended CBHS, will be here to receive the award on Sunday, June 25 at the Hilton Memphis Hotel. A cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner and the award presentation at 6:30 pm. A live auction and silent auction will also be held during the evening, with 100% of all proceeds going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 23rd Annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl Golf Classic will be held the following day, Monday, June 26 at Ridgeway Country Club.
“Tim joins a long list of great Americans who have distinguished themselves and reached the pinnacle of their chosen field,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. “We are proud to include Tim among the luminaries who have been honored by the AutoZone Liberty Bowl during our long history.”
About Tim McCarver:

  • Star baseball and football player at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis

  • Made his Major League Baseball debut with the St. Louis Cardinals at age 17 in 1959

  • Had a 21-year MLB career that spanned four decades (1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s), including 12 with the Cardinals

  • Played for St. Louis, Philadelphia, Boston and Montreal

  • Starred in three World Series with St. Louis (1964, 1967, 1968), winning championships in 1964 and 1967.

  • Two-time All-Star (1966, 1967)

  • Is the only MLB analyst to work for all four major broadcast networks - NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX

  • Provided analysis for a record 23 World Series and 20 All-Star Games

  • In 2012 was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster (Ford C. Frick Award)

  • Recipient of multiple national Emmy Awards as “Best Sportscaster/Analyst”

  • Four-time best-selling author with “Diamond Gems,” “Oh, Baby, I Love it,” “Baseball for Brain Surgeons” and, “The Perfect Season.”

  • 2017 marks his 4th season of broadcasting with Fox Sports Midwest as an analyst on select St. Louis Cardinals telecasts.

About the Distinguished Citizen Award:
As the 7th oldest bowl game in America, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl was founded on the principles of freedom, patriotism, and liberty. One of the Bowl’s time-honored traditions is the annual presentation of the Distinguished Citizen Award. The award has been presented to a cross-section of prominent Americans from a wide range of professions, including military commanders, governors, and congressmen, as well as leaders in business, medicine, education, entertainment, and sports.
Previous honorees include among others St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital founder Danny Thomas; U.S. Army General Kenneth Tovo; Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Peter Doherty; FedEx founder Fred Smith; musical legend Elvis Presley; AutoZone founder Pitt Hyde; U.S. Navy Admiral William Lawrence and Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson. McCarver joins other Distinguished Citizen Award recipients from the world of sports, including Paul “Bear” Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Lou Holtz, Tony Dungy, Lee Corso, Darrell Waltrip, Dick Vitale and Archie Manning.
Individual seats for the dinner may be purchased for $75 or a table of ten (10) seats may be purchased for $750. The dinner includes buffet dinner, cocktails, and wine. To reserve a table or individual seat, please call the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at (901) 795-7700 or CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE.
2016 Zinn Volunteer of the Year

AZLB Volunteer of the Year Bob Patterson

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl is proud to honor Bob Patterson with the 2016 Zinn Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has gone above and beyond in their service and volunteerism on behalf of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. Patterson is a long-time volunteer, board member and community supporter of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The award is named in honor of Harry Zinn, a very dedicated volunteer when the Bowl moved to Memphis 54 years ago. 

Patterson received the award at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl’s spring kick-off event on April 13 at the Hilton Memphis Hotel.

Patterson’s involvement in football stretches back more than 50 years, as a player, coach, and administrator. Patterson grew up in New Jersey, starring in every sport at Penns Grove High School, earning 13 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. In 1950, he received the William J. Miles Award for being the Outstanding High School Athlete and received a football scholarship to the University of Tennessee. At UT he was a part of a National Champion and SEC Champion team.

After two seasons at UT, Patterson transferred to the University of Memphis where he lettered in football his final two years. In 1953, he was named Most Valuable Player of the Memphis Tigers.

In 1954, he was first-team Associated Press Little All-American and Honorable Mention All-American. Upon graduation, Patterson served in the military and played for the Elgin Air Force Base team, where he was named “All Air Force” and “All Service”. Patterson enjoyed a long coaching career, serving as an assistant coach at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, University of Memphis, Texas Tech and 13 years at Vanderbilt University.

In 1981, he was named Athletics Director at the University of Memphis. He later coached the defensive line and was a player personnel executive with the Memphis Showboats of the USFL before retiring from coaching in 1986. Patterson has continued his involvement with football with part-time pro scouting stints for the New England Patriots, New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

Patterson’s many honors include Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Penns Grove Athletic Hall of Fame, All-Time Tiger Team of the University of Memphis, M Club Hall of Fame, All-American Football Foundation, All-American Football Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished American Award from the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and the Memphis Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

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