LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference will be well represented in the week-long experience of the National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl that will culminate in a game on Saturday, January 21 in Los Angeles, Calif. at the StubHub Center.
Kickoff is set for 3:15 p.m. CT (1:15 PT) and the game will be carried by FS1.
Among the SWAC standouts include Grambling State wide receiver Chad Williams, Alabama State defensive tackle Roderick “Ghost” Henderson, and Southern running back Lenard Tillery of Southern, who will all be playing on the National Team. Jackson State defensive tackle Cornelius Henderson will be on the opposite sidelines and playing for the American Team.
NFL coaching legends Jim Zorn and Mike Martz will serve as Head Coaches for the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Zorn will coach the American Team and face Martz’s National Team.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl boast that it is the premier postseason all-star game for draft-eligible college players. The week-long schedule provides participants with a first-class professional experience while introducing them to the business of the National Football League.
Founded in 2012, the annual game gives prospective NFL players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Scouts from every NFL club and other professional leagues attend the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl’s practices and game.
Since its inception, many players have gone on to begin careers in professional football. Notable Collegiate Bowl alumni include:
QB Trevone Boykin, Seattle Seahawks
K Marquette King, Oakland Raiders
WR Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs
WR Geremy Davis, New York Giants
OLB Zack Wagenmann, Arizona Cardinals
Alumni players hail from the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big East, and Pac 12.
Anticipation is that nearly 200 professional scouts, player personnel, general managers, head coaches as well as current and former NFL players will be on hand to not only watch live practices and the game, but also conduct interviews, review tape and offer the chance to network with them.
For more information, go to http://collegiate.nflpa.com/