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HBCU Legacy Bowl to showcase draft-eligible players

Sep 21, 2020; Jackson, MS, USA; Deion Sanders smiles as he is introduced as Jackson State’s head football coach at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center at JSU Monday, September 21, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Eric Shelton/Clarion Ledger-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Black College Football Hall of Fame established the HBCU Legacy Bowl to allow NFL teams to see more draft-eligible players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The first edition of the game is scheduled to be played Feb. 12, 2022 at Yulman Stadium at Tulane. The NFL Network will broadcast the game, which will include about 100 players.

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“The HBCU Legacy Bowl means opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches,” said Doug Williams, a former Super Bowl-winning quarterback who co-founded the Black College Football Hall of Fame. “We’re excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month.”

Williams played at Grambling State, one of 104 active HBCU campuses.

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The National Football League, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tulane are joining in the partnership with the Black College Football Hall of Fame.

NFL players who played at HBCU schools include Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State), Walter Payton (Jackson State), Michael Strahan (Texas Southern), Willie Lanier (Morgan State), Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State) and Steve McNair (Alcorn State).

Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders now coaches at Jackson State.

–Field Level Media

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