WASHINGTON, D.C. – The NFL Players Association will extend a special invite to a deserving football player at each United States service academy for the 2020 Collegiate Bowl Game.
The unique opportunity to participate in the premier postseason all-star football game will include Division I FBS programs U.S. Military Academy (Army), U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. By taking part in the week-long experience, those who accept their invitation will have the chance to showcase their skills in front of NFL scouts, play under a staff featuring former NFL players and coaches, and learn about the business of football.
“This is a great way for my fellow servicemen to position themselves for success on the football field,” said San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Ben Garland, who serves as a captain with the Colorado Air National Guard during the offseason. “I appreciate our players union making a point to provide this experience for those who serve our country.”
The 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl featured Air Force Academy long snapper Austin Cutting. He went on to be earn a roster spot on the Minnesota Vikings after being the only long snapper selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.
“I think it is an incredible opportunity and I look forward to seeing more of my teammates from the Academy taking advantage of the opportunity presented to them,” Cutting said.
The 2020 Collegiate Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 18 at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.
— Ben Garland (@BenGarland63) April 28, 2019