The new HBCU Legacy Bowl will give a stage to football players at historically Black colleges and universities.
According to The Associated Press, the Black College Football Hall of Fame has created the bowl specifically to showcase NFL draft-eligible players at those universities. Therefore, the HBCU Legacy Bowl will be held well after the traditional bowls.
The first iteration of the game, which will be broadcast on NFL Network, is scheduled for February 2022. It’ll be Saturday after the Super Bowl, with about 100 of the top HBCU football players invited to play at Tulane University’s Yulman Stadium in New Orleans.
“The HBCU Legacy Bowl means opportunity and exposure for HBCU players and coaches,” said Doug Williams, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback who co-founded the Black Football Hall of Fame in 2009 with James "Shack" Harris. “We’re excited to have this in New Orleans, especially during Black History Month.”
“HBCUs are a bridge to equality,” Harris said. “We thank the NFL for their support and in sharing our commitment to lifting up others.”