This will be a big Step for HBCU football, made by playing the Legacy Bowl.
This weekend in Louisiana an important game was played between HBCU football all-stars. That was staged in order to give these players an opportunity to play in front of NFL Scouts.
In the last two seasons there’s only been one player representing a historic black college to be drafted in the NFL draft. Many around the league and within the black college ranks believe that there are players that were being overlooked because they didn’t attend a Power 5 (Big Ten, ACC, Pac 12, SEC, Big 12) institution.
This game was put together by Doug Williams an NFL Super Bowl MVP, that works for the Washington Commanders, and he played for Grambling and later returned to coach his alma mater after his playing days in the NFL.
Williams collaborated with James ‘Shack’ Harris who was the first black quarterback to start the season as a team’s starting Quarterback. Harris also won a Pro Bowl MVP, and was the first black quarterback to start a conference championship game.
The game was aired on the NFL Network on television, and on the NFL’s Sirius XM channel on satellite radio. For some players it was the first time ever being seen by a national television audience and being seen by NFL scouts.
Many teams were represented scout wise, in terms of the game itself and the week of practice before the game. Also a part of the festivities was a career fair. Many of these HBCU players will not play football after their last game as a college senior, but they may have aspirations to be coaches, trainers, scouts, or work somewhere in a professional football team front office.
This was an opportunity for those players to get exposure to some of the gate keepers, and influencers, and hiring officials. When relationships are brought up in terms of why more NFL teams don’t hire black coaches, this is a chance to start building those relationships.
Players that stood out during the week that may have made themselves some money from their performance.
Aqeel Glass – Quarterback from Alabama A&M
De’Shaan Dixon – Edge Rusher – Norfolk State
Marquis McClain WR – Southern
Dee Anderson WR – Alabama A&M
Will Adams S, Virginia State
Antwan Collier, Florida A&M
Hopefully after very few players from HBCU’s being drafted in the last few NFL drafts someone will get an opportunity who might not have if It were not for the extra attention this game brought.