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Turkey Tussle Recipients

Each year, locally in Pasadena, the Rose Bowl Institute presents the Certificate of Merit in Sportsmanship to the players, one from each team, who best exemplifies the values of sportsmanship in the annual Turkey Tussle football game at the Rose Bowl Stadium between two local high schools.


The Institute is extremely proud to give back to its community early on as it has grown to reach thousands with its programming on a local, national, and international scale.

The sportsmanship award values to be recognized and encouraged include appreciation for the game, commitment to the team, respect for others (particularly opponents and referees), playing by the rules, and personal integrity. The award recipients exemplify during the Turkey Tussle game at the Rose Bowl Stadium what it means to be a good sport and what it means to enjoy the game with respect for others.

Past Recipients & Committee Members

2022 Selection Committee
Committee members included Mayor Victor Gordo, City Council Member Tyron Hampton, City Council Member Steve Madison, Sports agent and TV Producer Aloni Ford, and Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation Staff representative Brian Brantley.

2021 Recipients
This year’s award was presented to two PUSD students, Torriq Brumfield from Pasadena High School, and Jachai Pulley from John Muir High School for outstanding sportsmanship during the game. Brumfield and Pulley were selected for the award after exemplifying what it means to be a good sport and displaying a real zest for the game with respect for others.

2021 Selection Committee
Committee Member included Mayor of Pasadena, Victor Gordo, Council Member Gene Masuda, Council Member Tyron Hampton, RBI representative Brian Brantley and Dr. Jen Welter from the Rose Bowl Advisory Board.

2021 Recipient: Ahmad Jolly