U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL ALUMNI
Since 2001, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has showcased the nation's premier high school football talent. The level of play in these games has demanded the absolute highest levels of mental, emotional and physical strengths for those participating. The expansive and continually growing list of prominent alumni featured in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's history stands as proof of this strength and the extraordinary level of competition. Some of the most notable All-American alumni include: Adrian Peterson, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, 2012 #1 NFL Draft Pick Andrew Luck, Marcus Lattimore and Robert Woods among many more.
As of the start of NFL training camps, there are more than 200 U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumni on NFL rosters. During the 2013 NFL Draft, a record eight U.S. Army All-Americans were selected in the first round. An incredible total of 79 U.S. Army All-Americans have been selected in the past three NFL Drafts. More and more U.S. Army All-Americans enter the NFL each season as the Army All-American Bowl continues to produce some of the game’s brightest stars on its biggest stage.
2008 All-American bowl
Blanche Ely High School | FL
- Peterson first gained national acclaim as a junior at the U.S. Army National Combine, where he was named Defensive MVP. Peterson’s senior season saw similar success, as he was named to both the Parade and USA Today All-American teams. Additionally, Peterson was named USA Today Defensive Player of the Year.
College: Louisiana State University
- Peterson was a mainstay in the LSU defensive backfield beginning his freshman year, starting four contests in 2008 and earning an All-SEC slot as a sophomore in 2009. However, this was just a prelude to a monstrous junior season. Peterson was a consensus All-SEC and All-American pick and was tabbed by SEC coaches as the conference’s Special Teams and Defensive Player of the Year. Nationally, Peterson won the Thorpe (best defensive back) and Bednarik (best defensive player) Awards.
NFL: Arizona Cardinals, Selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, 1st Round, 5th Overall.