3X NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AARON DONALD TO PARTNER WITH THE HBCU LEGACY BOWL
New Orleans, LA (October 21, 2021) The HBCU Legacy Bowl announced today a new partnership with three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Rams DL Aaron Donald.
Aaron Donald played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American and was drafted by the Rams with the 13th pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Donald has been selected to seven Pro Bowls in his seven years into the league, won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and has been named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year thrice, having won it back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, and again in 2020. Donald is widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive players of all time.
“We are extremely honored to partner with of one of the greatest players in NFL history,” said Super Bowl XXII MVP and Black College Football Hall of Fame Co-Founder Doug Williams. “Aaron Donald’s support of the HBCU Legacy Bowl will serve as a great inspiration to our players. We are greatly appreciative of his meaningful commitment.”
“Historically Black Colleges and Universities play a critical role in ensuring that African Americans, and students of all races, receive a quality education. I am honored and proud to support the HBCU Legacy Bowl and all of the opportunities it will provide.” said Aaron Donald.
The HBCU Legacy Bowl, presented by the Black College Football Hall of Fame is a postseason all-star game that will showcase the top 100 NFL draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The game will be played on the Saturday, February 19, 2022 (Yulman Stadium at Tulane University), and broadcast live on NFL Network. More than a football game, the week-long celebration of Black culture and history will provide invaluable exposure for HBCU students
Other HBCU Legacy Bowl founding partners include the National Football League, adidas, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, Sugar Bowl, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Riddell, Tulane University, Seattle Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner and New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston. Follow us at www.HBCULegacyBowl.com and on social media via @HBCULegacyBowl.
About Black College Football Hall of Fame
The Black College Football Hall of Fame was established in October of 2009 by Black pioneers and quarterbacks, Pro Bowl MVP James "Shack" Harris and Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams to preserve the history and honor the greatest football players, coaches and contributors from HBCUs. There have been over 100 Inductees since inception, including Mel Blount, James Harris, Willie Lanier, Art Shell and Doug Williams, who also serve as Trustees. The organization partners with the NFL on the annual QB Coaching Summit and has provided more than $300,000 in scholarships and HBCU football program grants since inception. Its permanent home is located at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. For more information, visit www.BlackCollegeFootballHOF.org.