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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a high school football all-star game held in early January in San Antonio, Texas. Currently played in the Alamodome, the game brings 90 of the nation's top high school football players in an East versus West matchup. In addition to the Bowl game, there is the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, which comprises 125 of the nation’s top high school marching musicians who perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the longest-running active high school All-American game. The game was first played on December 30, 2000, in Highlander Stadium in Dallas, Texas.[1] Since then, however, the game has annually been played inside the Alamodome in San Antonio. Notable participants include Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Ndamukong Suh, Patrick Peterson, DeSean Jackson, and Michael Oher.[1] Twenty-four Army All-Americans were selected in the 2007 NFL Draft. As of 2012, there were over 175 Army All-Americans in the NFL.[2]

Since the game's inception, attendance has risen from 6,300 for the inaugural game in 2000[1] to 39,011 for the latest game in 2012. Broadcast rights are currently held by NBC Sports, which airs the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 5, 2013 at 1pm EST.

Awards Edit

During U.S. Army All-American Bowl week, a number of national awards are given out at a formal-awards dinner, which include:

Herman Boone Trophy: Awarded to the winning team of the game

Pete Dawkins MVP Trophy: Awarded to the game's most valuable player

Ken Hall Trophy: Presented to the U.S. Army Player of the Year: High school football's highest honor, awarded to the nation's best high school football player. This award is named after Ken "Sugarland Express" Hall, the all-time leading rusher in high-school football history. The trophy is cast in the likeness of Ken Hall in his 1950s uniform.

Bill Yoast Trophy: Presented to the National H.S. Coach of the Year: Awarded to the nation's top high school coach

Glenn Davis (West) and Doc Blanchard (East) Awards: Recognizes an East and West player who best epitomizes the Army's high standard of excellence in community service, education, and athletic distinction

Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year Award: Awarded to the nation's best high school offensive lineman or defensive lineman.

Selection process Edit

U.S. Army All-American Bowl football players are chosen by a committee made up of game producer All American Games, Rivals.com and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming

U.S. Army All-American Bowl game records Edit

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RECORD CATEGORY RECORD HOLDER YEAR RECORD
Highest Attendance at U.S. Army All-American Bowl 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl 2012 39,011 fans Longest Touchdown Pass Cyler Miles to Dorial Green-Beckham 2012 79 yards Most Passing Yards Chris Leak 2003 165 yards (7 completions, 3 TD) Most Rushing Yards Demetrius Hart 2011 100 yards (8 rushes) Most Receiving Yards Ted Ginn,Jr/DeSean Jackson 2004/2005 141 yards (7 catches) Most Points by a Single Player Brian Toal, Chris Wells, Tahj Boyd 2004, 2006, 2009 respectively 18 points Most Tackles De'Anthony Thomas 2011 8 tackles Longest Fumble Recovery Return for TD Raeshon McNeil 2006 65 yards Longest Kickoff Return TD Ted Ginn, Jr. 2004 98 yards Longest Field Goal David Dyches 2003 42 yards Largest Margin of Victory East over West 47-3 2003 44 point differential

<td> Most receptions in a game </td> <TD> Bryan Moss. Clark </td> <td> 2010 </td> <td> 13 receptions </td> </tr>

Facts Edit

  • The Bowl includes the U.S. Army National Combine and the U.S. Army Coaches Academy.
  • There are currently more than 175 former U.S. Army All-Americans in the NFL today, including more than 54 first-round picks.
  • Eight U.S. Army All-Americans were selected in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft and 37 total players were selected. In 2009, there were also eight first-round picks, and the 2008 NFL Draft saw 30 U.S. Army All-Americans selected.
  • To date, Andrew Luck, Ndamukong Suh, Chris Long, and Reggie Bush have been the highest drafted Bowl alumni in the NFL Draft. Andrew Luck was selected number 1 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. All three others were drafted as the 2nd overall pick in their respective draft. Bush in 2006, Long in 2008, and Suh in 2010.
  • The all-time leading scorers in Bowl history are fullback Brian Toal , running back Chris Wells , and quarterback Tajh Boyd , who each scored three touchdowns in the 2004, 2006, and 2009 game, respectively. Toal and Wells scored each of their three on the ground, while Boyd scored his through the air.
  • From great coaches came great players, the following father and son tandems have both coached and played in the Bowl: father Ted Ginn Sr. (2006) and son Ted Ginn Jr. (2004), father Bob Palko (2004) and son Tyler Palko(2002), father Greg Toal(2007) and son Brian Toal(2004)
  • On September 13, 2009, the Jets' Nick Mangold and Mark Sanchez became the first center-quarterback tandem to have played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and then start in the NFL for the same team.
  • The first underclassman to ever win the Heisman trophy was U.S. Army All-American Tim Tebow in 2007
  • Four U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni have won NFL Rookie of the Year Awards: Vince Young won the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006 and Adrian Peterson won the offensive honor in 2007. In 2009, Bowl alumni Percy Harvin (offensive) and Brian Cushing (defensive) won both NFL Rookie of the Year Awards.
  • The Bowl has had representation from both Alaska and Hawaii. Casey Flair (UNLV) represented the Last Frontier in 2004, while Joe Fafilli (2006) and Solomon Koehler (2008) represented the island of Hawaii.
  • The five U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour teams travel the country from late September to early December to announce the 90 players and 125 marching musicians to the Bowl, logging more than a combined 30,000 miles
  • With only six draft classes eligible for the NFL, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has already produced three three-time Pro Bowlers (Tommie Harris, Chicago Bears, Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns) and seven Super Bowl Champions.
  • To date, five U.S. Army All-American Marching Band alumni have joined Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) programs.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl-related events Edit

Entering its 13th year, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been more than just a football game; it is a celebration of high school football and the core values that make the U.S. great. Since its inception, the Bowl has built programs to recognize the athletes and coaches who contribute to high school football.

2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour

Date: September 23, 2012 – Early December 2012

Location: Each U.S. Army All-American’s high school (Band and Football)

Participation: Nationwide high school pep-rallies and football games

The Selection Tour travels to each U.S. Army All-American Bowl football player and U.S. Army All-American Marching Band member’s high school to recognize them during pep rallies, high school football games and other events. The Selection Tour was created to honor and officially announce each player and band member to the Bowl. A local U.S. Army representative is on hand at each event to present the All-American with their invitation to the game. The U.S. Army representative will also invite the head football coach of each All-American to San Antonio to take part in the U.S. Army Coaches Academy.

2013 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 – Saturday, January 5, 2013

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

Time: Halftime of U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Participation: Top 125 marching musicians from across the nation

The U.S. Army All-American Marching Band will feature 125 of the nation’s top high school senior marching musicians, who will perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The marching musicians will arrive on Tuesday and rehearse each day until their Game Day performance.

2013 U.S. Army National Combine

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013– Saturday, January 5, 2013 Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

Participation: 500 of the nation’s top underclassmen

The U.S. Army National Combine is the only national combine in the country, and features the nation’s top 500 underclassman football players. The National Combine gives the nation’s top underclassmen the opportunity to showcase their football skills and earn national recognition among football’s most elite recruiting experts and analysts. The event consists of traditional combine and football skills testing, seminars and break-out sessions focusing on leadership, team-building, and the college recruiting process.

2013 U.S. Army Coaches Academy

Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013 – Saturday, January 5, 2013

Location: Marriott Riverwalk Hotel – San Antonio, TX

Participation: Over 100 of the nation’s top high school football coaches

The Head Coach of each All-American selected to the Bowl, along with twenty other top coaches from around the country, will be selected to attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy. The Coaches Academy features top college and NFL coaches, and includes a Texas-style BBQ dinner, breakfast, seminar session, luncheon, on-field clinic, and a ticket to the U.S. Army Awards Dinner and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Game results Edit

East victories are shaded ██ red. West victories shaded ██ gold.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series MVP
 December 30, 2000    Highlander Stadium • Dallas, Texas   West 18  East      15  West 1-0 Dominic Robinson
January 5, 2002 Alamo StadiumSan Antonio, Texas West      26 East6 West 2-0 Vince Young
January 5, 2003 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East47 West3 West 2-1 Chris Leak
January 3, 2004 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East45 West28 Tied 2-2 Ted Ginn, Jr.
January 15, 2005 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West35 East3 West 3-2 DeSean Jackson
January 7, 2006 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East27 West16 Tied 3-3 Chris Wells
January 6, 2007 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West24 East7 West 4-3 Chris Galippo
January 5, 2008 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East33 West23 Tied 4-4 Terrelle Pryor
January 3, 2009 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East30 West17 East 5-4 Co-MVPs Bryce Brown and Tajh Boyd
January 9, 2010 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West30 East14 Tied 5-5 Ronald Powell
January 8, 2011 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East13 West10 East 6-5 Demetrius Hart
January 7, 2012 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West24 East12 Tied 6-6 Co-MVPs Cyler Miles and Dorial Green-Beckham
January 5, 2013 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East15 West8 East 7-6 James Quick

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Producers Edit

All American Games (formerly SportsLink) is a sport management and marketing company based in Wharton, New Jersey, that produces and manages many of the nation’s premier high school and youth sporting events. All American Games’ properties include the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, U.S. Army Coaches Academy, U.S. Army National Combine, U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Football University, Football University Youth All-American Bowl, FBU TOP GUN, Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, All-American Baseball University and the All-American Baseball Game. In 2009, All American Games ventured into sports-television production with a new sports-reality television show “The Ride,” which garnered coverage in almost 80 million homes and airs on MTV2.

Created in 2001, The U.S. Army All-American Bowl features the nation’s top 90 high school football players. The Bowl provides the U.S. Army All-Americans with a national platform to compete against America’s best. Since the game’s inception, All American Games has built Bowl Week to include the U.S. Army National Combine, the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, and now in its fourth year the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band featuring the top 125 high school marching musicians in the country.

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