The Second Annual Legacy Bowl is kicking off in New Orleans this Saturday, February 25. The game, which highlights the top NFL Draft-eligible HBCU football players, will be broadcasted by the NFL Network out of Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium. While HBCU schools receive limited media coverage, the Legacy Bowl, founded by NFL Legends Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris, provides opportunities for HBCU athletes to be seen on a big stage. Scouts from all 32 NFL teams as well as XFL, USFL and CFL teams make their way to New Orleans in search of promising young talent.
Players such as Keenan Isaac out of Alabama State University and Brandon Barnes-Brown representing Fayetteville State have emphasized how excited and appreciative they are for this event. More than just a football game, these guys get a chance to showcase their skills, professionalism and adaptability to scouts and football fans across the country. It’s a chance for them to make their dreams come true and simply play the game they love.
Team Gaither, named after legendary Florida A&M University football coach Jake Gaither, is made up of players from the CIAA and the MEAC. Team Robinson, named after famed Grambling State football coach Eddie Robinson, is comprised of players from the SIAC and the SWAC. Regardless of HBCU rivalries, players from across all HBCU conferences are coming together to show why they deserve the exposure. With a combine and a career fair as well, the week is packed with events celebrating Black culture and excellence. Tune into the HBCU Legacy Bowl this Saturday on the NFL Network to see these incredible athletes in action.