Two NFLPA Collegiate Bowl participants continued the game’s strong tradition of successful alumni this season in the NFL.
Shaquill Griffin, who played in the 2017 Collegiate Bowl, and Deonte Harris, who competed in the 2019 Collegiate Bowl, both earned spots on the NFC Pro Bowl team this January. What’s more, Harris earned first-team All-Pro honors as well for his dynamic play as a kick returner for the New Orleans Saints during his rookie season.
Griffin recorded 65 tackles and 13 pass deflections from the cornerback position for the Seattle Seahawks this past season. The Central Florida graduate’s strong play in his third year helped Seattle reach the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.
Despite being an undrafted free agent out of Assumption College, Harris wasted little time making his presence felt in his rookie season for the Saints. In his third career game, Harris returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown. By season’s end, he sat atop the league rankings in punt return yards (338), fifth in kick return yards (644) and top five in both punt and kick return average per return (9.4 and 26.8, respectively).