Game culminates a week of preparation for life in the NFL
Published : Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 2:19 PM
The best seniors in college football will appear in the ninth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.
The game will be the culmination of a week-long experience explaining the business of football to the potential NFL players.
“We are excited for the opportunity to continue growing the audience of our game with NFL Network, which has become the number one source for all things football,” said Teri Smith, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director and acting COO of the NFLPA. “Our goal has always been to provide NFL prospects and future members with maximum support and exposure. This partnership is an extension of that mission.”
The roster for the game has been split into two groups: the National team, led by former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and the American team, led by former Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.
This year’s game will be televised on NFL Network.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
“We are thrilled to be the official broadcast home of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and to continue to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes,” said Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NFL Media. “Broadcasting the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl live on NFL Network presents a great opportunity to add to our growing footprint in the college game, including regular season Conference USA games as well as all-star games such as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl.”
A Rose Bowl announcement said the stadium’s gates will open at 2 p.m. and that 4,500 are expected to attend.