CANTON, OHIO – “Lou Fusz Football” from St. Louis, MO. were recognized as one of the top 50 youth programs in the USA. The Chuck Noll Hall of Fame “Game for Life” Award selects one program who will be presented with a $10,000 check from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation.

The award, established in 2017, recognizes 50 youth football leagues around the country, for their commitment to coaching education; best practices in player safety; teaching lessons about how to win rather than emphasizing winning; and nurturing a culture that celebrates preparation, discipline, accountability and respect through the fun and fitness of football and how it applies to success beyond the field. These winning attributes parallel the philosophies for which Coach Noll stood and are supported for the good of young athletes by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, USA Football, DICK’S Sporting Goods and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and Riddell.

The award, created by Merril Hoge, celebrates the legacy of Noll, the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, who transformed the Pittsburgh Steelers from a downtrodden franchise to one of the most dominant teams in NFL history. He built his teams through the draft and focused on developing his players. Noll compiled a 209-156-1 record during his 23 seasons as the Steelers head coach (19691991) and led them to four Super Bowl titles (IX, X, XIII and XIV) over a six-year period. Noll played linebacker for seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns before embarking on a coaching career that earned him a bronzed bust in Canton.

Noll, who passed away in 2014, concluded his Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement speech in 1993 with these words, “I can’t tell you how much you can gain, how much progress you can make by working as a team, by helping one another. You get much more done that way and if there is anything the Steelers in the ’70s epitomized, I think it was teamwork.”

LFA Marc Lillibridge Headshot

Marc “Bridge” Lillibridge comes to LFA with experience at all levels of the game of football. Lillibridge is a natural leader, serving as captain for his Iowa State University Cyclones. After graduating college, Lillibridge enjoyed a nice professional career in the NFL suiting up for the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Amsterdam Admirals (NFL-Europe). As his playing career finished up, Lillibridge has stayed active and involved in numerous aspects of the sport. He held a 6-year scouting career that took off with the Green Bay Packers and continued with the Chiefs in Kansas City. In 2007, Lillibridge switched gears and became a contract advisor for some of the biggest names in the NFL; while also lending his expertise on ESPN, Sirius XM and Fox Sports as a football insider. Lillibridge currently hosts radio shows on 590 the Fan and ESPN 101.1 in the St. Louis area.

Lillibridge is actively involved in the St. Louis community, continually coaching at the high school and youth levels, while working off the field to help his athletes obtain college scholarships and understand the process. He is a member of the St. Louis Pro Players organization, Pro Football Writers Association, and National Football Foundation. He is also a tireless advocate for different social issues and was voted the MVP of St. Louis’ chapter of Real Men Wear Pink for breast cancer awareness.