OVER 200 PLAYERS HAVE WENT ON TO
PROFESSIONAL CAREERS AFTER PLAYING IN THE COLLEGE ALL AMERICAN BOWL.
The All American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give athletes the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all star game setting. In April of 1996, the first All American Bowl was played in Minnesota and has since been played at various cities across the country including Minneapolis, Dallas, Charleston, Pueto Rico, Atlanta, Miami, and Las Vegas. The All American Bowl also gives athletes the potential to be scouted by colleges and professional football teams. The All American Bowl has several types of games for different levels of competition that include: College, JUCO, Minor League, Free Agent, and High School. Many players have went on to professional careers in Arena, CFL, NFL, Europe, Mexico and South America.
Here are a few Noteable Alumni:
The 14th Annual College All American Bowl all star game was to be played at HHH Metrodome, but a winter storm tore a huge hole in the stadium roof the week prior, ending all use of the stadium. Family, Friends and Fans watched the game on close circuit TV at the Host Hotel.
“I started calling my own plays and we started dominating that team,” Neiswander said. “I was running the Angelo State offense, but I had to put it in the terminology that we've been working on all week. I got sacked three or four times on our first couple of drives and when my turn came up again I said, 'Hey, let me take care of this one.' We put together an 8-10 play drive with me calling our plays from ASU. I was moving Garrett around and just peppered the ball into him a lot.”
Official stats were not available Saturday night, but Neiswander thinks he completed 12-of-15 passes in the game, including a touchdown to cap the third quarter drive and tie the contest at 10-10. From there, the Stripes team kept rolling and piled up 27 second half points en route to the victory. Neiswander was pleasantly surprised when he asked Hawkins for the keys to the offense.
“He said go for it. If you've got it, then do it,” Neiswander said. “I had a headset in my helmet and he was talking to me from the sidelines – it was pretty cool. I started calling our stuff and we just wrecked shop on them. It was really nice that our coaches had enough confidence in me – it shows a lot of respect. He knew what he was doing, but he knew what I was talking about and knew that I have been coached really well.”
Neiswander was quick to point out that even as a quarterback and offensive coordinator at the same time, he dialed up a run play during the drive in the third quarter.
“We had like 10 passes on that drive and on the fifth play I called a run,” Neiswander said with a laugh. “I was proud of myself for making that one run call.”
Neiswander and Tidwell didn't have much opportunity to play pitch and catch during the 2010 season as Tidwell served almost exclusively as a kick and punt returner en route to earning Daktronics First Team All-America honors, but the duo looked comfortable together when the game was on the line.
“All the guys were like man, you guy have such a good connection, but I only threw five passes to Garrett all season,” Neiswander said. “He's such a good athlete and a gamer. He knows how to run routes – he was a quarterback in high school – and finds openings in the zone. He's a scrappy guy who makes things happen.”
Tidwell didn't have a touchdown in the game, but sealed the end with a block on a 60-yard touchdown run by the Stripes in the second half. Norcott was the only fullback on the team and was on the field for most of the game, even taking a few snaps at tight end.
Terry Sullivan Director off the College All American Bowl said. "I'm proud of the all star players and everyone involved in the this year’s game, after such a crazy week, they playing and working so hard, while handling the adversity of making a last minute venue change! Who could have ever predicted that the Metrodome would collapse right before our game!
Marshall U - Punter
Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
St. Cloud State - RB
Green Bay Packers Pre Season
Columbus Lions AFL
2018 National Arena League Offensive Player of the Year
University of Minnesota - DB
Glenville State - WR
Wisconsin Platteville - K
St. Thomas University - QB
Florida All-Stars – WR/DB
Oberlin College - WR
Portland State – P/K
University of South Dakota - K
Joliet Junior College – DL
Vermillion Community College – WR
Twin Cities Lumberjacks – DB
Victory Valley College - QB
St. Cloud State – WR
Brown College – DB/WR
Louisiana College – S
Adams State College – LB
If you know of any former players who are not on this list, please contact us