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.
Under Armour, Inc. is an American company that manufactures footwear, sports, and casual apparel. Under Armour's global headquarters are located in Baltimore, Maryland with additional offices located in Amsterdam, Austin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Houston, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Munich, New York City, Panama City, Paris, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, São Paulo, Santiago, Seoul, Shanghai, and Toronto.
High school football is gridiron football played by high school teams in the United States and Canada. It ranks among the most popular interscholastic sports in both countries, but its popularity is declining. Between 2009 and 2019, participation in high school football has declined by 9%.
An all-star game is an exhibition game that purports to showcase the best players of a sports league. The exhibition is between two teams organized solely for the event, usually representing the league's teams based on region or division, but sometimes dividing the players by an attribute such as nationality. Selection of the players may be done by a vote of the coaches and/or news media; in professional leagues, fans may vote on some or all of the roster. An all-star game usually occurs at the midpoint of the regular season. An exception is American football's Pro Bowl, which occurs at the end of the season.
National recruiting analysts and talent evaluators from ESPN Scouts, Inc., will select players for both team rosters.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. In addition, ESPNU televises the team practices.
ESPNU is an American digital cable and satellite sports television channel that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Communications. The channel is primarily dedicated to coverage of college athletics, and is also used as an additional outlet for general ESPN programming. ESPNU is based alongside its sister networks at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
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.
Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama, and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons sixth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League (AFL).
All-Pro is an honor bestowed upon professional American football players that designates the best player at each position during a given season. All-Pro players are typically selected by press organizations, who select an "All-Pro team," a list that consists of at least 22 players, one for each offensive and defensive position, plus various special teams players depending on the press organization that compiles the list. All-Pro lists are exclusively limited to the major leagues, usually only the National Football League; in the past, other leagues recognized as major, such as the American Football League of the 1960s or the All-America Football Conference of the 1940s, have been included in All-Pro lists.
|Year||Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team|
|2008||January 5||Disney WWOS - Orlando, Florida||Silver||17||Red||14|
|2009||January 4||Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Florida||White||27||Black||16|
|2010||January 2||Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida||Black||32||White||7|
|2011||January 5||Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida||Red||24||White||22|
|2012||January 5||Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida||White||49||Black||16|
|2013||January 4||Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida||Black||16||White||3|
|2014||January 2||Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida||Highlight||31||Nitro||21|
|2015||January 2||Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, Florida||Highlight||46||Armour||6|
|2016||January 2||Orlando Citrus Bowl - Orlando, Florida||Highlight||27||Armour||0|
|2017||January 1||Camping World Stadium - Orlando, Florida||Armour||24||Highlight||21|
|2018||January 4||Camping World Stadium - Orlando, Florida||Highlight||23||Spotlight||21|
|2019||January 3||Camping World Stadium - Orlando, Florida||Ballaholics||28||Flash||27|
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