NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a post-season college football game for NFL draft-eligible college players, held annually in January. The event was founded

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NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Stadium Rose BowlLocation Pasadena, CaliforniaPrevious stadiums Home Depot Center / StubHub Center (2012–2017)Previous locations Carson, California (2012–2017)Operated 2012–presentSponsors NFL Players AssociationFormer names Texas vs The Nation2018 matchup National vs. American (National 23–0)2019 matchup National vs. American (January 19, 2019)

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a post-season college football game for NFL draft-eligible college players, held annually in January. The event was founded in 2012 by the National Football League Players Association.

The most recent game was played on January 20, 2018, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California; the National team won, 23–0.[1] The next game will be played at the same venue on January 19, 2019.[2]

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In January 2012, the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) founded the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl after sponsoring the Texas vs The Nation game in previous years.[3] The inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was open to NFL draft-eligible underclassmen players but, beginning with the second annual event, only draft-eligible seniors were allowed to participate.[4][5]

The event was established in part to prepare draft-eligible college football players for a career in the NFL. During the week preceding the game, the NFLPA provides an introduction to the players union and educates players on the business side of an NFL career. Current and former NFL players are invited to attend the week's events to share their NFL experiences with the draft eligible players.[5][4][6] The NFLPA also hosts community-focused events including a youth football clinic.[7]


The 2012 and 2013 games were hosted at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.[5][7] The Home Depot Center was renamed the StubHub Center in June 2013; the venue subsequently hosted the 2014 through 2017 games. In November 2017, bowl organizers announced the game would relocate to the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California, effective with the 2018 game.[8]


The game was sponsored by AstroTurf in 2012,[4][7] Winnol in 2013,[9] and Panini America in 2014.[10]

Game results

Through the 2018 playing of the game, the National team has won all seven contests.

Date Winning team Losing team National coach American coach Ref. January 21, 2012 National 20 American 14 Dick Vermeil Tom Flores [7] January 19, 2013 National 34 American 0 Dick Vermeil Herman Edwards [11] January 18, 2014 National 31 American 17 Dick Vermeil Dennis Green [12] January 17, 2015 National 17 American 0 Mike Martz Mike Holmgren [13] January 23, 2016 National 18 American 17 Mike Martz Mike Holmgren [14] January 21, 2017 National 27 American 7 Mike Martz Jim Zorn [15] January 20, 2018 National 23 American 0 Mike Martz Darrell Green [16][1][17] January 19, 2019   Mike Tice Chuck Pagano [2]

Source: [18]

MVPs Year Name Position College 2012 G. J. Kinne QB Tulsa 2013 Dayne Crist QB Kansas 2014 J. C. Copeland RB LSU 2015 Terrell Watson RB Azusa Pacific 2016 Andrew Baggett K Missouri 2017 Lorenzo Jerome S Saint Francis 2018 Troy Apke[19] DB Penn State

Source: [18]


In 2012, the inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.[20] In December 2012, the NFLPA and ESPN signed a multiyear agreement to air the game on the ESPN network.[21] The 2013 game was broadcast on ESPN2 and, as part of the agreement, some of the practices leading up to the event were aired on ESPNU.[4][6] ESPN continued as the broadcaster through the 2016 game. Starting with the 2017 game, the game has been broadcast by Fox Sports 1.[22]

See also References
  1. ^ a b "NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". ESPN. January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 20, cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ a b "CHUCK PAGANO, MIKE TICE NAMED HEAD COACHES OF NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL". (Press release). August 28, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  3. ^ Matt Verderame (19 January 2013). "NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2013 rosters: Jordan Rodgers and Marquise Goodwin stand out". SB Nation. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Tom Hoffarth (15 January 2013). "Q&A with Dick Vermeil: Former UCLA, NFL coach becomes teacher again with NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Josh Alper (7 November 2011). "NFLPA will hold pre-draft game in Los Angeles". Reuters. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  6. ^ a b Peter Berkes (18 December 2012). "ESPN, NFLPA announce multiyear agreement for Collegiate Bowl". SB Nation. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "National team wins NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". Associated Press. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  8. ^ "NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Moves to the Rose Bowl for Seventh Edition". (Press release). November 8, 2017. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "NFLPA Bowl Welcomes Winnol as Presenting Sponsor" (Press release). NFLPA. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Panini America Teams with NFL Players Association to Become Presenting Sponsor of 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl" (Press release). December 16, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2018 – via
  11. ^ Patrick Vint (20 January 2013). "NFLPA Collegiate Bowl 2013: Dayne Crist named NFLPA Collegiate Bowl MVP". SB Nation. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
  12. ^ "J.C. Copeland earns MVP honors at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". USA Today. Associated Press. January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Azusa Pacific's Watson stars in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". USA Today. Associated Press. January 17, 2015. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "Baggett kicks 6 FGs in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". USA Today. Associated Press. January 23, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Box Score (Final)" (PDF). January 21, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  16. ^ "Mike Martz, Darrell Green to Lead Teams at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl". (Press release). January 3, 2018. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Scoring Summary (Final)" (PDF). January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Collegiate Bowl History". Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Collegiate Bowl on Twitter". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  20. ^ Liz Mullen (7 December 2011). "NBC Sports Network to carry AstroTurf NFLPA collegiate Bowl". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  21. ^ "Extra points". Daily Press. Newport News, Virginia. December 19, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2018 – via
  22. ^ "Collegiate Bowl". ESPN. Associated Press. December 2, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
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