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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.

De'Anthony Thomas
De'Anthony Thomas
Running Back
2011 U.S. Army All-American
Crenshaw High School | CA

-    Thomas starred on both offense and defense at Crenshaw, and played both ways in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He led his team to the sectional title game as a junior and to a Sectional Championship as a senior, earning City Section Player of the Year honors his final season. Also a standout in track, Thomas ran the nation’s top 200- meter race as a senior, clocking in at 20.61 seconds.

College: University of Oregon

-    Thomas electrified the college football world as a true freshman in 2011, scoring by rush, reception and return and garnering All-Pac 12 honors and sharing the Oregon MVP Award. He accounted for 2,235 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns, and was the only player in the nation with 400+ yards rushing, receiving and by return. Thomas capped his sensational freshman season by rushing for 91- and 64-yard scores in a Rose Bowl win versus Wisconsin. Thomas is showing up on Heisman Trophy watch lists already despite being only a sophomore.