All Star Game News

The NFLPA is getting into the college all-star game business.  Brad Biggs of the National Football Post broke the news.   It sounds like the Texas vs The Nation game is going to be backed by the NFLPA now.  It had gotten backing from the city of El Paso, TX.  I was hoping for a new game, but keeping that one is a good move.

The Senior Bowl is still the big daddy, but other games do help prospects out.  And teams.

According to the official website, the Shrine Game is still scheduled for January 2011.   That’s good news.  There was talk of it going away this year.  Funding is really hard to come by.  We’ve lost the Hula Bowl and Blue-Gray Game, as well as other newer games that never caught on.

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3 Responses to All Star Game News

  1. Andrew S says:

    Followed the site for a while, and really enjoy your work. Thanks.

    My question regards underclassmen who declare for the draft: why don’t they participate in any all-star game? Does the NCAA prohibit this practice in an attempt to keep students in school? Is it even within their jurisdiction? Or is it too small a sample (generally only a few dozen players) to warrant a full-fledged game? I’m really intrigued by the potential of an underclassmen all-star game as part of the draft-season preparations.

  2. Tommy Lawlor says:

    AS games can invite whoever they want. Various games have tried mixing in some Juniors, most recently the Shrine Game. That was a few years back.

    There aren’t enough underclassmen for a whole game. You need 100 players. We get about 40-50 UCs each year and not all of them would play.

    I want the Senior Bowl to stay Seniors only. That game is perfect. The other games lack big names and would be smart to mix in some Juniors. The Shrine Game isn’t pulling in stars like it used to. They should get creative.

  3. Andrew S says:

    Thank you so much for the reply! I appreciate the thorough answer. I tend to agree with you that the struggling AS games should invite high-profile juniors. I, for one, would love to see Robert Quinn in an all star game next year. As of now, though, I can only dream. Anyway, thanks again, and keep up the good work. :)