Designed to serve as a showcase for NFL draft-eligible players from historically Black colleges and universities, the inaugural HBCU Legacy Bowl is set is be played next February in New Orleans at Tulane University.
“The HBCU Legacy Bowl means opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches,” said co-founder and Black College Football Hall of Fame inductee Doug Williams. “We’re excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month.”
Established by the Black College Football Hall of Fame, the All-Star game will be played on the Saturday after the Super Bowl at Yulman Stadium and be televised on the NFL Network.
“HBCUs are a bridge to equality,” said co-founder and inductee James “Shack” Harris. “We thank the NFL for their support and in sharing our commitment to lifting up others.”
Created in partnership with the NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tulane University, the HBCU Legacy Bowl will invite approximately 100 of the top HBCU players to participate.
“Some of the greatest football players of all time have come from HBCUs, like Jerry Rice from Mississippi Valley State, Walter Payton from Jackson State and Steve McNair from Alcorn State,” college football staff writer Chris Vannini writes in The Athletic. “Providing current players this opportunity will give them one more spotlight and hands-on experience they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It could also help HBCUs in recruiting, by showing prospects there is a direct opportunity for a pro football showcase.”