Prospective Player FAQ
Why Should I Play in the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl?
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl staff understands that for participating players, this is more than just a game, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The week is structured to allow players maximum time with coaches and scouts and the best opportunities to prepare for Saturday’s game. All 32 NFL teams sent scouts to the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Teams from the Canadian Football League were also represented in the scouting pool. All scouts were afforded the opportunity to attend practice, review practice film and interview each player throughout the week.
What Makes the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Different from Other All-Star Games?
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl’s goal is to have as many future union members as possible playing in its bowl game, so it strives to identify players who have the potential to have successful NFL careers. It also seeks to identify players who could benefit from the union’s messaging and guidance. Unlike other all-star games, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl takes pride in showcasing talent not only from BCS schools, but also smaller universities and HCBUs. More than 70 colleges and universities were represented at the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
What Makes the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Better than Other All-Star Games?
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives Draft-eligible players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to professional scouts and a national audience on the ESPN Network. ESPNU and WatchESPN will broadcast the American and National practice sessions LIVE on both Wednesday and Thursday. When comparing game-day ratings, the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl easily beat the East-West Shrine game in peak ratings and also bested the Senior Bowl in overall impressions. In fact, the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl was ESPN highest-rated collegiate program on game day. As part of the broadcast agreement, players were individually highlighted during the game’s airing and on other ESPN platforms.
What is the NFLPA Recruiting Department?
This year, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl has 80 years of NFL scouting experience on its Recruiting Department staff, and with that comes priceless relationships on college campuses. The NFLPA Recruiting Department is broken down into four regions: The Southeast Region is scouted by the Director of College Recruiting, Tony Softli. Tony evaluated professional and collegiate athletes for more than 15 years for NFL teams. The West Coast Region is scouted by Jerry Shay who was with the Giants for more than 30 years as a player and a scout. The Midwest Region is scouted by Johnny Meads. Meads is also a former NFL player and former pro scout. The East Coast Region and Small Schools Category is scouted by Josh Buchanan. Buchanan also handles the technical and statistical work for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Recruiting Department. The scouts of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl’s Recruiting Department are constantly on the road, evaluating players and building relationships. The Recruiting Department also has access to all collegiate game film through a professional provider.
What Can a Player Expect from the Coaching Staff?
The 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl has current Hall of Fame players on its Coaching Staff: Charlie Joiner, John Randle and Darrell Green. Also on the rosters are some of the greatest players to ever take the field, such as Dante Culpepper, Kevin Mawae, Andre Reed and Will Shields. Head Coaches Denny Green and Dick Vermeil were both extremely successful at developing talent at both the collegiate and professional level and are able to guide prospects accordingly.
What is the NFLPA?
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. Established in 1956, the NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; and enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field.
How Can I Be Recruited for the 2014 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl?
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Recruiting Department welcomes inquiries from Draft-eligible players. You can find their contact information here.