U.S. Army All-American Bowl
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football event in the country, featuring more than 90 of America’s best senior high school football players. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is played annually at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and broadcast live on NBC. In 2012, the Bowl drew a crowd of nearly 38,000, the largest to date. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is an iconic high school all-star event, as well as a must-see for recruiting pundits nationwide for over a decade.
Since its inception, the Bowl has been a launching pad for college and NFL stars, including Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, DeSean Jackson, Andrew Luck and Marcus Lattimore. More than 100 Army All-Americans currently play in the NFL and more than 800 have played for NCAA universities and colleges. Every April, some of our alumni officially enter the professional ranks during the NFL Draft.
Many of today’s biggest stars made their national television debuts during the Bowl, some with special and time-tested plays. These highlights include many that have been replayed throughout the years on sports shows and NFL telecasts: W
atch DeSean Jackson’s infamous missed touchdown (link to clip); and Ted Ginn Jr.’s first televised kickoff return for a touchdown (link to clip), which was voted the “Best Play of the Decade” by our fans.
As the Bowl has grown, so have the activities associated with it during Bowl Week. There is also the U.S. Army National Combine that provides 500 of the nation’s elite underclassmen the opportunity to display their abilities on a national stage. Supported by FBU personnel, FBU’s partner Athletic Republic, and cadets from the U.S. Army’s ROTC programs, the National Combine gives athletes a unique blend of educational opportunities and exposure to the highest tech in Combine testing.
Although not a requirement, in recent years multiple FBU alumni, including several who made their mark at the season-ending FBU TOP GUN event, have participated in the National Combine and All-American Bowl. They include 13 stars of the 2011 Bowl, including Malcolm Brown, Ray Drew, Aaron Green, and Wayne Lyons, as well as more than 21 participants in the National Combine.
All FBU alumni and their families are invited to attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and each year FBU hosts an event for all alumni in attendance.