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Gov. Ducey & Michael Bidwill enter Hall of Fame

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-09 14:38:43-05

Days before the players battle it out for the college football national championship game in Glendale, two well known leaders were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill were inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame's Leadership Hall of Fame.

"This is a great honor and I am proud to share it with my good friend Michael Bidwill," Ducey told the National Football Foundation.

Archie Manning, NFF Chairman, previously told ABC15, "Governor Ducey and Michael Bidwill share many similar traits, and they have developed a close relationship with the singular goal of making Arizona a better place."

"The National Football Foundation Leadership Hall of Fame recognizes the country's most influential people who have risen to the highest level of success and shown the critical leadership qualities that transcend ordinary enterprises," according to a statement from the NFF.

Ducey and Bidwill join several other well known business and public leaders in the Hall of Fame such as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Wasserman Media Group Chairman & CEO Casey Wasserman.

"I couldn't be more excited," said Bidwill in a release from the NFF.  "I was honored and humbled to get the call that I was going to be inducted into the NFF Leadership Hall of Fame, especially when it was going to be with Governor Doug Ducey because he has done such an amazing job."

The ceremony was one of the major events leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday between the Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide.