ANTHONY MCMEANS, GROVER STEWART, AHMAD THOMAS, KEITH TOWBRIDGE COMMIT TO 2017 NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL

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For Immediate Release
January 4, 2017

ANTHONY MCMEANS, GROVER STEWART, AHMAD THOMAS, KEITH TOWBRIDGE COMMIT TO 2017 NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL

The NFL Players Association is proud to announce the next set of player commitments to the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Joining the National and American team rosters are New Mexico State offensive lineman Anthony McMeans, Albany State defensive lineman Grover Stewart, Oklahoma defensive back Ahmad Thomas and Louisville tight end Keith Towbridge.

Highlights from the four committed players include:

  • McMeans, a returning star, was a critical piece on an offensive line that helped the Aggies record 2,037 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
  • In nine games this year, Stewart made his impact felt with 37 tackles (including 12 for loss), 7.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick for the Golden Rams. 
  • Thomas started all 13 games for the Sugar Bowl champion Sooners, recording 64 tackles (including two for loss), one sack and one fumble recovery.
  • As a senior, Towbridge caught two passes for 22 yards for the Cardinals.

In this year’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, Mike Martz will look to defend his 2016 National Team title against Jim Zorn’s American Team at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.  The Jan. 21 game will be broadcast by Fox Sports on FS1 with kickoff slated for 1:15 p.m. PST/4:15 p.m. EST.

For more information about the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate, visit http://collegiate.nflpa.com. Follow the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

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About the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl:
Founded in 2012, the annual 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. Participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl have the unique opportunity to network with and learn from current and former NFL players. These veterans provide players with first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off the field. Since its inception, many players have gone on to begin careers in professional football, with notable Collegiate Bowl alumni including Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin (2016 alum), San Diego Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown (2016), Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley (2015) and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (2012).

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