In 1994, a third individual award was established to recognize the outstanding member of special teams. It is named for John Folmer, who has served on the Sun Bowl Football Committee for 30 consecutive years and has been chairman of the committee since 1981. Folmer was selected as a 2001 Legend of the Sun Bowl.
The 2007 game was the 74th Sun Bowl. The inaugural game featured an El Paso high school all-star team and a high school team from Ranger, Texas. There were two games played in 1958 (Jan. 1 and Dec. 31), no game played in 1976, and two games played in 1977 (Jan. 2 and Dec. 31).