CHUCK PAGANO, MIKE TICE NAMED HEAD COACHES OF NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL
Former NFL head coaches bring expertise to postseason all-star game in its eighth year
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new set of head coaches will roam the sidelines for the eighth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Chuck Pagano, who most recently spent five seasons as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, brings his extensive NFL and collegiate football coaching experience to the game. His 16 years of at the NCAA level culminated in a stint with the University of Miami from 1995 to 2000, when he recruited and coached four first-round NFL draft picks as the defensive backs and special teams coach.
From there, Pagano took his defensive mastery to the pro level, where he worked with the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens before taking the reins of the Colts. In five years, he guided the Colts to a 56-46 record and an appearance in the 2012 AFC Championship Game.
“It’s exciting to be a part of this great game and help this next class of athletes transition from college to the NFL,” said Pagano, who will lead the American Team at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Tice boasts a similar extensive background, highlighted by his four-year run as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. Despite going undrafted as a quarterback out of the University of Maryland, Tice put together a 14-year NFL playing career at tight end for the Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Washington Redskins.
After serving as the tight ends and offensive line coach, he ascended up the ladder to be named head coach of the Vikings in 2002. Tice spent the 2006-2017 seasons as an assistant head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons and Oakland Raiders.
“I am thrilled to take part in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this coming January,” said Tice, who will coach the National Team. “I’m looking forward to working with these players in achieving their goal of playing professional football.”
The eighth annual postseason all-star game will be played on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium, once again bringing together the top draft-eligible players from colleges and conferences across the country.
About the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl:
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
About the NFL Players Association:
The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through 2020. Learn more at www.nflpa.com.