Marines Present 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
MARINE CORPS RECRUITING COMMAND (December 1, 2015) – The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, presented by the United States Marine Corps, isn't just a collection of the nation's finest football talent. It's also a collection of some of the best the nation has to offer-like the Marines-in character, leadership and commitment. Players from around the country are selected based on their performances on the field as well as their commitment to leadership, maintaining a high level of character, and serving their team and community with honor, courage and commitment, the three core values of the Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis All-Americans aren't just football players, they're also examples.
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl marks a transition for many of the players. For seniors, it marks the end of their high school career, as they move on to the college ranks with some of the best programs in the country.
The Marine Corps has always been associated with physical conditioning, leadership, strength of character and a tradition of winning. Every Marine is required to possess a sound mind and body to be a part of the elite ranks.
In many ways, the Marine Corps is similar to a winning sports team. The camaraderie, selflessness and level of dedication and commitment that exists within the ranks of the Marine Corps are often reflected in the values and principles of championship teams.
Combining these traditions, the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is a highly competitive post-season game comprised of 90 players from the nation's most highly recruited football talent. The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl provides an opportunity for high school athletes to showcase their football skills while the Marine Corps demonstrates how their traditions of honor, courage and commitment seamlessly translate on the football field.
Jamal Pettigrew, a tight end from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, is looking forward to the opportunity to play as a Semper Fidelis All-American in January, and is ready to lead Semper Fi East.
"The leadership examples I always try to provide are definitely staying humble, working hard, and just always never giving up. I want to thank the Marines for giving me this opportunity," he said. "I can't wait to get out to California, have some fun, and play hard in this game."
Parrish Cobb, a cornerback from Waco, TX will be suiting up for Semper Fi West and understands the honor in being a Semper Fidelis All-American.
"It's an honor to be selected. I am very grateful that the Marines have chosen me," he said. "I'm also grateful for what they do for our country, and it's an honor to play for people who help our country."
Back for its fifth year, the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is set to take place at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on January 3, 2016. The rosters for Semper Fi East and Semper Fi West will feature the nation's best up and coming football players as well as nationally recognized coaches Kevin Crosby of Bamberg-Erhardt High in Bamberg, SC and Steve Belles of Hamilton High School, in Chandler, AZ. The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl will air nationally January 3rd on Fox Sports 1 at 9pm ET/6pm PT.