In a move to get more focus on HBCU football players, the Black College Football Hall Of Fame announces the establishment of the HBCU Legacy Bowl. It will be a postseason all-star event showcasing the often overlooked and undervalued NFL draft-eligible HBCU athletes.
“A leader on and off the field. Thank you Patrick for supporting Historically Black Colleges & Universities.” – Doug Williams, Super Bowl XXII MVP pic.twitter.com/vl6fmoAkd5
— BlackCollegeFootball (@BCFHOF) March 25, 2021
The recent monetary commitment from $500 million man Patrick Mahomes, to aid in this endeavor is a huge win for HBCU schools. The game will take place on the Saturday following the Super Bowl (February 2022) at Yulman Stadium on the campus of Tulane University.
NFL Network will handle the broadcasting duties as athletes showcase their talents against other talented draft-eligible players from HBCUs.
Doug Williams, Co-Founder, Inductee and Senior Advisor for the Washington Football Team stated the following:
“This means more opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches,” Williams said. “We’re excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month.”
More than a football game, the week-long celebration of Black culture and history will provide invaluable exposure for HBCU football players and coaches. The game is hoping to feature approximately 100 of the top HBCU players.
James “Shack” Harris a Co-Founder and Inductee, said “HBCUs are a bridge to equality.” We thank the NFL for their support and in sharing in our commitment to lifting up others.”
HBCU Legacy Bowl founding partners include the National Football League, Pro Football Hall Of Fame and Tulane University.
It doesn’t surprise me at all to see Doug Williams as a big part of this, when I had the distinct honor to interview him about a venture between the Washington Football Team, FanDuel and HBCUs, he was adamant about more exposure for HBCUs and their student-athletes, coaches and executives.
He mentioned how he and Washington Football Team President Jason Wright have made it an area of focus and they’re off to a glowing start.
Having Doug Williams and James Harris, two former Grambling St quarterback legends involved with such an endeavor is just icing on the cake.