2020 strikes again: High school All-American game announces it won't be played this year
For the past 20 years, the All-American Bowl has given the top high school football players in the country a chance to showcase their skills on a national stage before heading off to college the next season. And there have been some big names to play in the game over the years.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and current NFL stars such as Odell Beckham Jr., Adrian Peterson and Chase Young all have played in the All-American Bowl.
However, this year’s seniors won’t have an opportunity to participate. On Tuesday, it was announced that the 2021 All-American Bowl will not be played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was supposed to be held Jan. 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
Instead, there will be a two-hour special titled “All-American Bowl: Declaration Day” on Jan. 2 on NBC to honor this year’s top high school players.
“Our priority is on the health and safety of players, their friends and family, and everyone associated with the Bowl,” NBC Sports vice president of programming and owned properties Gary Quinn said in a statement. “While we will miss the Bowl in San Antonio this year, we look forward to celebrating all 100 athletes joining the All-American Bowl family and recognizing their hard work and dedication on Jan. 2 on NBC.”
The 2021 National Combine, which is held during the week of the game, has also been postponed, although it will try to be rescheduled in the spring.
The All-American Bowl will return to San Antonio in 2022.
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— All-American Bowl (@AABonNBC) October 20, 2020