For the high school football all-star game, see All-American Bowl (high school football).
"Hall of Fame Classic" redirects here. For the basketball tournament, see
CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
All-American Bowl (defunct)
Stadium Legion Field
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Hall of Fame Classic (1977–1985)
North Carolina State vs. Southern Mississippi ( 31–27)
All-American Bowl was an annual postseason college football bowl game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama from 1977 to 1990. The game was known as the Hall of Fame Classic from 1977 to 1985.
In 1986, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame decided to relocate the Hall of Fame bowl game to
Tampa, Florida, where it eventually became known as the Outback Bowl. The game in Birmingham continued as the All-American Bowl, which was played for five years under a different organizing body.
Southeastern Conference expanded to twelve schools and began contesting a SEC Championship Game in 1992, Birmingham officials chose to host the conference title game and abandon the All-American Bowl. The SEC championship was moved to Atlanta's Georgia Dome two years later, leaving Legion Field without any Division I-A postseason college football until 2006, when ESPN and the city agreed to establish a new post-season game, the Birmingham Bowl.
The All-American Bowl played host to a number of successful teams from the premier college football conferences of the time (the
Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Eight (now Big 12 Conference), Big Ten Conference, Southeastern Conference and Southwest Conference). All of them placed teams in the All-American Bowl in various years. At least one of the power conferences fielded teams in the All-American Bowl in every year of its existence; often, two of those premier conferences met in the game. The Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference each placed five teams into the All-American Bowl. The Big Ten Conference proved to be the least successful conference, having never won a game despite placing teams in four different years.
Hall of Fame Classic
December 22, 1977
December 20, 1978
Iowa State 12
December 29, 1979
South Carolina 14
December 27, 1980
December 31, 1981
December 31, 1982
December 22, 1983
December 29, 1984
December 31, 1985
Michigan State 14
December 31, 1986
December 22, 1987
Brigham Young 16
December 29, 1988
December 28, 1989
December 28, 1990
North Carolina State
Southern Mississippi 27
Most Valuable Players
On several occasions, the All-American Bowl winners finished the season ranked in the AP Top Twenty poll:
Texas A&M finished #19 in the final 1978 AP poll after defeating #19 Iowa State.
 West Virginia finished #16 in the final 1983 AP poll after defeating Kentucky.
 Kentucky finished #19 in the final 1984 AP poll and the final UPI poll after defeating #20 Wisconsin.
 Georgia Tech finished #19 in the final 1985 AP poll after defeating Michigan State.
 Texas Tech finished #19 in the final 1989 AP poll after defeating #20 Duke.