The rosters for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl were a little mismatched, as the National team ran away with the game 34-0 over the American team. Photo by Jason Lewis
Inglewood High School’s marching band performed before the game and at halftime. Photo by Jason Lewis
CARSON (CNS) – Dayne Crist, a former standout at Notre Dame High School
in Sherman Oaks who went on to play college football at Notre Dame and Kansas,
accounted for the first two touchdowns and was named as the most valuable
player in the National team’s 34-0 victory over the American team in today’s
second annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at The Home Depot Center.
Crist ran one yard for a touchdown, two minutes, 48 seconds into the
second quarter, capping a 14-play, 84-yard drive, then threw a seven-yard pass
to Luke Wilson of Rice for a touchdown on the National’s next possession.
Adam Yates of South Carolina kicked a 41-yard field goal 45 seconds
before halftime, increasing the National’s lead to 17-0.
Yates kicked a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter and Jeffrey Tuel
of Washington State threw a nine-yard pass to Xavier Boyce of Norfolk State
later in the third quarter.
Eric Stephens Jr. of Texas Tech scored the only touchdown of the fourth
quarter on a one-yard run with 10:19 remaining.
Crist, who divided time with two other quarterbacks, completed seven of
10 passes for 61 yards.
Crist said he was “incredibly thankful” for the opportunity to have
played in the game organized by the National Football League Players
Association, the union representing the league’s players.
“The NFLPA has put on a great event all week long,” Crist said.
“For as much as the football aspect is appreciated, so is the coaching
experience, so is the insight you gain from former players. In every meeting
that I was in, regardless of if it was football-related or talking about
another topic, my pen didn’t stop moving because everyone that spoke has done
it the right way and I just wanted to mimic and emulate that.”
Tuel was eight-for-eight for 64 yards and Ryan Higgins of Fordham four
for 11 for 42 yards.
The American team, which was coached by former New York Jets and Kansas
City Chiefs coach Herman Edwards, lost three fumbles, while one of its
quarterbacks, Brad Sorensen of Southern Utah, threw two interceptions.
Sorensen completed eight of 16 passes for 78 yards. The American team’s
starting quarterback, Jordan Rodgers of Vanderbilt, the younger brother of
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, completed eight of 11 passes for
The National team, coached by Dick Vermeil, who guided the St. Louis
Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV and coached the Philadelphia Eagles and
Kansas City Chiefs, led in yards, 239-193, first downs, 14-13, and time of
The crowd was announced at 5,530. An attendance figure was not announced
for last year’s game, but the crowd appeared to be about 3,000.
The game will be played at The Home Depot Center again next year, George
Atallah, the National Football League Players Association’s assistant
executive director of external affairs told City News Service.
The National Football League Players Association conducts the game
because “it’s important for us to reach out to our future members,” Atallah
“We believe that not only will they have first-rate facilities, first-
rate coaching staffs and a first-rate football experience, but I think they
they’ll have a first-rate life and professional experience,” Atallah said.
“For us, it’s about combining the best in football and their best in their
preparation for their life as a professional.”