Before moving on at the next level in college, the common goal for many of the nation’s premier prospects in the Class of 2021 seems to be rather simple: Receive an all-important invite to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl and compete against the best of the best from all over the country.
Lining up for one of the big games is an honor, to be sure, and NFL facilities to host in the past include the likes of Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium, Falcons’ Mercedes Benz Stadium, Texans’ NRG Stadium, Jaguars’ EverBank Field and Raiders’ Coliseum.
The journey for many recruits starts by attending one of the brand’s All-American Combines (Regional or Super levels), including underclassmen hoping to attain exposure. For a list of upcoming events, click on this link. For prospects who want to register for a nationwide workout, click on this link.
Also worth noting over the last 10-plus years of workouts, Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium has routinely opened up its doors for the nationwide series of All-American Combines, along with training facilities for the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears.
Annually, between August and November, a meeting of the minds takes place as the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee makes picks for the All-American Bowl. The group is comprised of brand administrators and several NFL veterans (link for one-time professionals), more traditionally being Mark McMillian, George Teague and Arlen Harris.
Given the collection of talent recently assembled to coach in the All-American Bowl, we’d be remiss without mentioning the efforts of Pro Football Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins and Super Bowl winners such as Mike Alstott, Tony Banks, Troy Brown, Larry Centers, Ray Crockett and Ricky Proehl. That’s naming just a few. The list goes on and on.
This year’s schedule follows: Dec. 16 and Jan. 20 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 13 at Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes Benz Stadium. Each game is nationally broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks or Impact Football Network and permanently archived (link for past footage).
Once a member of the Blue-Grey Football family, always a member. Prospects to compete in recent memory have experienced success in college, and beyond. The list of alumni is impressive (link for Class of 2020, link for Class of 2019, link for Class of 2018, link for Class of 2017, link for Class of 2016, link for Class of 2015, link for Class of 2014).
For many recruits, naturally the destination is the NCAA Division I ranks. For a select few, given the brand’s decorated track record of evaluating talent for the next level, NFL is the end game, with the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes as a prime example. Plain and simple, that’s the info needed to successfully negotiate a path to the All-American Bowl.