Under Armour Senior Bowl Week
2008 Gets Under Way
The nation’s top
senior NFL draft prospects and over 800 NFL coaches, scouts and top
decision makers arrived in Mobile this weekend and then had their first
practice sessions on Monday afternoon for football’s premier pre-draft
MOBILE, Ala. (January
21, 2008) -- One hundred of the nation’s top senior NFL draft
prospects arrived in Mobile this weekend on Saturday, accompanied by the
entire coaching staffs of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders
and over 800 NFL coaches, scouts and top decision makers, to kickoff Under
Armour Senior Bowl Week 2008.
Players got down to business on Monday, as
they went through the National Football Scouting weigh-in in the morning,
and then stepped on the practice field for the first time Monday afternoon.
Football’s premier pre-draft event, the
week-long practices leading up to the 59th annual Under Armour Senior Bowl
game this Saturday will once again play a vital role in determining much of
what happens in this year’s NFL Draft, annually making Senior Bowl Week one
of the most important weeks in all of football each year.
Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson, the SEC's leading passer in 2007,
lets one go during Monday's Under Armour Senior Bowl South team
University of Hawaii record-setting quarterback Colt Brennan in action
during Monday's Under Armour Senior Bowl South team practice.
Fans will also be able to watch all the action
when college football’s best take their next step to becoming tomorrow’s NFL
greats this week, as the NFL Network which will offer over 21 hours of
exclusive HD Senior Bowl coverage, including live coverage of all of its
practice sessions, nightly primetime wrap-up shows and the game.
About half of the 2008 Senior Bowl players
arrived in Mobile on Saturday, with the remainder arriving on Sunday
afternoon and evening. Players underwent physicals, received their Under
Armour game and practice apparel, had NFL group testing, conducted
individual interviews with NFL team personnel executives, had orientation
session for the NFL , and had their first team meetings with the San
Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders coaching staffs, all on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and
his staff are coaching the South squad for the third straight, while Lane
Kiffin and his Raiders staff will be coaching the North team.
Tuesday’s practice schedule will have the
North at Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., and the South at the
stadium from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
All Senior Bowl practices are free and open to
San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan watches his Under Armour
Senior Bowl South team during Monday's practice.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden is all smiles during Monday's
Under Armour Senior Bowl South team practice.
In addition to its importance to the football
world, the Senior Bowl is also a vital event for thousands along the Gulf
Coast, as the Senior Bowl is a non-profit, charity event that has joined
with Food World to create the highly-successful Food World-Senior Bowl
Charitable Partnership, which has donated over $4.2 million to charities
benefiting youth along the Gulf Coast.
The Senior Bowl is also enjoying its second
year of its title sponsorship agreement with Under Armour, the innovative
performance apparel manufacturer that ensures the Senior Bowl players will
be able to perform in the most technologically advanced sports apparel
available each year.
This year’s contest will once again feature
the many of the nation’s top senior players, including marquee performers
such as quarterbacks Colt Brennan of Hawaii, Chad Henne of Michigan, John
David Booty of USC and Andre Woodson of Kentucky, major award winners, 24
first-team All-Americans and many of the top senior prospects in this year’s
NFL Draft all expected to participate during the week.
For the past 58 years, the Senior Bowl has an
unequaled history of attracting the nation's top collegiate players and
future NFL stars since the inaugural contest in 1950, as players such as NFL
legends Joe Namath, Walter Payton, Brett Favre, "Mean" Joe Greene, Dan
Marino, Steve Largent and Ray Nitschke all played in the contest.
Louisville receiver Harry Douglas works a drill with a San Francisco
assistant coach during Monday's South team practice.
Since its inception in 1950, the Senior Bowl
has also held the distinction as the nation's most unique football game, as
it is the only contest in the nation which features college football’s top
senior NFL draft prospects being coached by the entire staffs of two NFL
The quality of talent that annually appears in
the contest more than speaks for itself. A record 578 former Senior Bowl
players were on the active rosters of the 32 NFL teams during the 2007
season, a list which includes many of the biggest stars in the game today as
25 of those players were named to the rosters for this year's NFL Pro Bowl
Included in that group were the NFL’s
Defensive Player of the Year in Bob Sanders of the Colts, and an impressive
collection of the NFL’s 2007 statistical champions including its leading
rusher in LaDainian Tomlinson of the Chargers, its leading pass receiver in
Reggie Wayne of the Colts, its leading tackler in Patrick Willis of the
49ers, its leading scorer in rookie Mason Crosby of the Packers, and the
Eagles’ Brian Westbrook, who led the NFL in total yards from scrimmage.
Twelve Senior Bowl players were also chosen in
the first-round of the 2007 NFL Draft and 90 players were drafted overall,
including a top-five overall selection for the seventh straight year in
offensive lineman Levi Brown of the Cardinals and Willis, the NFL’s
Defensive Rookie of the Year, making last year’s roster one of the most
talented in the game’s history.
Tulane running back Matt Forte, who rushed for 2,127 yards in 2007, gets
instruction from San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Ted Tollner during
Monday's Under Armour Senior Bowl South team practice.
Georgia Tech's All-ACC linebacker Philip Wheeler during Monday's Under
Armour Senior Bowl South team practice.
Game day festivities will feature will feature
the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band, the New Orleans Saints
Saintsations, a F-18 jet flyover, skydivers and the Senior Bowl Superstar
winner for 2008 – Catherine Odom.
Other special events and fan activities that
will take place during Senior Bowl Week 2008 included the popular Food World
Senior Bowl Fan Frenzy and Coca-Cola Meet the Players events at the Mobile
Convention Center on Friday afternoon; the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame
induction reception sponsored by Mobile Gas and Regions Bank; the Chick-fil-A
FCA Senior Bowl Rally; the Food World Tailgate Party and Baumhower’s Wings
Restaurant Tailgate Challenge at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on game day; and the
Food World Senior Bowl Sailing Regatta which kicks off Senior Bowl Week on
So get ready to see the future, as the Under
Armour Senior Bowl unveils its latest crystal ball during Senior Bowl Week
2008, giving thousands of fans and a national television audience alike a
glimpse into who will be tomorrow's NFL superstars.