Jan. 31, 2001
FRESNO, Calif. - The city of Fresno in conjunction with the Fresno State department of athletics and California State University, Fresno, will hold Trent Dilfer Appreciation Day on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
Regarded as one of the finest student-athletes in Fresno State history, Dilfer helped guide the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-7 Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. In 29 career starts as the Bulldogs' quarterback, he was 20-9, earning third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press his junior year. Dilfer also quarterbacked Fresno State to what is considered the most significant victory in program history, a 24-7 defeat of USC in the 1992 Freedom Bowl. He is still the Bulldogs' single-season leader in total offense (3,686 yards), passing yards (3,799 yards) and pass completions (254). Dilfer finished ninth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a junior.
"This is an opportunity for all of Fresno to come out and show their appreciation for what Trent has meant not only to Fresno State but to the entire city," Fresno State athletics director Al Bohl said. "He has provided us all with great memories and is the type of person we can take a great deal of pride in."
Scheduled to speak at the event are Fresno mayor Alan Autry, county supervisor Bob Waterston, Fresno State president Dr. John D. Welty, Fresno State head football coach Pat Hill, teammate Brad Bell and Dilfer. Dan Taylor will serve as the emcee. The Fresno State band and cheerleaders will also be in attendance.
Bulldog Stadium gates will open at noon and concession stands will be open for fans to purchase food and refreshments. Seating will be on the west side of the stadium in the red seats. The festivities are scheduled to be completed at 1 p.m., before the Fresno State baseball team takes on BYU at Beiden Field.
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