The Black College Football Hall of Fame is set to introduce a college bowl to showcase NFL Draft ready college players. BCF Hall of Fame, founded by Doug Williams and James “Shack” Harris, says the HBCU Legacy Bowl will provide college players from historically black colleges and universities a platform to showcase their talents well before the draft. The first game is excepted to be played in Yulman Stadium at Tulane University next February in New Orleans. The game takes place right after the Super Bowl, in honor of Black History Month.
“The HBCU Legacy Bowl means opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches,” said co-founder and inductee Doug Williams. “We’re excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month.”
Aside from just the bowl, the week-long event is expected to bring national attention to HBCUs and its players. The week will provide exposure to players and coaches, bringing more than 100 players to the event.
“HBCUs are a bridge to equality,” said co-founder and inductee James “Shack” Harris. “We thank the NFL for their support and in sharing our commitment to lifting up others.”
The Legacy Bowl will broadcast on NFL Network, with the NFL serving as a major partner in the Bowl. Other major partners include the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Tulane University.
Following the announcement, NFL’s involvement follows in the footsteps of North American sports programs giving back to the community. Over the All-Star break, the NBA donated to HBCUs colleges and black-owned college funds. The All-Star break also provided exposure and information about various causes fighting for injustice within America. With the NHL and MLB the only ones left to join the cause, it may only be a matter of time.