NFL, Black College Football Hall of Fame to Stage HBCU All-Star Game Prior to 2022 Scouting Combine

Doug Williams  / HBCU Coach Eddie Robinson (USA TODAY PHOTO)

(Source: by Mike Jones – Standout football players from historically Black colleges and universities will receive an additional opportunity to showcase their skills to NFL teams beginning next February.

The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that it has established the HBCU Legacy Bowl – a postseason game for draft-eligible HBCU players. The NFL is partnering with the organization to produce the event. The game will take place on the Saturday after Super Bowl 56 at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium and will broadcast live on NFL Network.

Founded in 2009 by trailblazing Black quarterbacks James “Shack” Harris and Doug Williams as a tool to preserve history and honor the greatest players and coaches from HBCU programs, the Black College Football Hall of Fame has enshrined 90 members since its inception.

Former Grambling QB Doug Williams was Super Bowl 22's MVP and played for legendary HBCU coach Eddie Robinson.
Doug Williams  / HBCU Coach Eddie Robinson(USA TODAY PHOTO)
The organization partners with the NFL to host the annual Quarterback Coaching Summit, which is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for coaches of color who have NFL aspirations. The Black College Football Hall of Fame, which has a wing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has also awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships for athletes attending HBCUs.

Now, with the founding of the game, the Black College Football Hall of Fame founders hope to help place those same athletes one step closer to the pros.

“We understand how recruiting goes, and we know that the top guys might not be at the HBCUs. But there’s going to be enough guys that we feel like every year should have the opportunity to go to somebody’s training camp, and we felt like with this all-star game, it would give them that chance to get looked at (and) practice for three or four days so scouts can look at them and talk to them, and it could make an impact.”

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