Two professors in the College of Arts and Humanities were named “Professor of the Game” during Fresno State football games during the 2017 season — Dr. Kathy Adams and Dr. Tina Fernandes Botts.

From left, Dr. Kathy Adams and Provost Lynnette ZeleznyDuring the 2017 football season, six professors from across the university were honored for their commitment to academic success.

Professors of the Game are driven onto the field and deliver the game ball to President Joseph I. Castro at midfield, then get to watch the game with their family from the president’s box.

The tradition began several years ago, said Paul Ladwig, Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. The Professor of the Game is selected by student-athletes and is done in several Fresno State sports.

Adams, a professor in the Department of Communication and chair of the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism, earned the honor for the Oct. 28 game against the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. She is pictured holding up the football with Provost Lynnette Zelezny.

Botts, a professor in the Department of Philosophy, was selected Professor for the Game at the Nov. 25 game against Boise State. She is pictured below with Victor E. Bulldog III.

Dr. Tina Botts with Victor E. Bulldog III