Under Armour All-America Game

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The Under Armour High School All-America Game is a high school football all-star game typically held in early January in the U.S. state of Florida created to spotlight the nation’s top high school seniors. The game was first played on January 5, 2008, and has been played annually at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida or at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game is sponsored by Under Armour and enjoys a national audience thanks to broadcast partner ESPN (the first edition was broadcast on ABC opposite the U.S. Army All-American Bowl). The game is co-owned by Chicago-based sports marketing agency Intersport and ESPN.

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Player selection

National recruiting analysts and talent evaluators from ESPN Scouts, Inc., will select players for both team rosters. [1] Eight of the top 10 ranked players in the ESPN 150 competed in the 2009 game. Because there are a number of All-America games concurrently, they are in competition for players. About 100 players are invited annually, with some having the opportunity to also participate in a televised skills competition and other ancillary events held at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in the days prior to the game. [2] In addition, ESPNU televises the team practices.

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As of 2019, 180 alumni of the Under Armour All-America Game had been selected in the NFL Draft, including 47 first-round draft picks and 21 NFL Pro Bowlers. [3]

Notable Alumni

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Game results

YearDateSiteWinning teamLosing team
2008January 5 Disney WWOS - Orlando, Florida Silver17Red14
2009January 4 Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FloridaWhite27Black16
2010January 2 Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida Black32White7
2011January 5Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FloridaRed24White22
2012January 5Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FloridaWhite49Black16
2013January 4Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FloridaBlack16White3
2014January 2Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FloridaHighlight31Nitro21
2015January 2Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FloridaHighlight46Armour6
2016January 2Orlando Citrus Bowl - Orlando, FloridaHighlight27Armour0
2017January 1 Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FloridaArmour24Highlight21
2018January 4Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FloridaHighlight23Spotlight21
2019January 3Camping World Stadium - Orlando, FloridaBallaholics28Flash27

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References

  1. "Under Armour All-America High School Football Game to be Played Jan. 4, 2009 on ESPN". press release. ESPN. 2008-04-01. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  2. "Under Armour High School All-America Schedule of Events". ESPN . Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  3. "Under Armour All-America Game NFL Alumni" . Retrieved 2019-01-09.