The Black College Football Hall of Fame has established a HBCU Legacy Bowl, to showcase NFL draft-eligible players from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU).
The post-season all-star game is due to take place at Tulane University's Yulman Stadium on the Saturday after next year's Super Bowl LVI and nearly 100 of the top HBCU players will be invited to compete during a week-long celebration of Black culture and history.
"The HBCU Legacy Bowl means opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches," said BCF Hall of Fame inductee Doug Williams. "We're excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month.
"HBCUs are a bridge to equality," said James Shack Harris, a BCF Hall of Fame member. "We thank the NFL for their support and in sharing our commitment to lifting up others."
Williams and Harris worked together to devise the Black College Football Hall of Fame back in October 2009 as a way of honouring the greatest players and coaches from HBCUs.
There are currently 33 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame that have roots stemming from HBCU's, including Mel Blount, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice, Michael Strahan, Harry Carson, Art Shell and Marion Motley.
Author: Jake Wilkin