PETERSBURG, VA. - Senior Indian football players Jeff Williams (Pelion, S.C.) and Jonathan Lyles (Camden, S.C.) have accepted invitations to play in the fourth annual East Coast Bowl on November 27, 2004 at Cameron Field. The event is underwritten by the National Football Foundation (http://www.petersburgsports.com/eastcoastbowl/).
Williams landed second team All-South Atlantic Conference honors, averaging 41.1 yards per punt good for second in the league. Lyles was an All-SAC first team member who came in second in league standings in interceptions and passes defended. Both players were among the first players contacted to play and were top choices for the game.
Danny Lopez of the NFF explains the origin and purpose of the all-star game. "The game started as a Virginia versus North Carolina senior bowl game, but has evolved into a Division II and III all-star game. Thirteen states were represented last year.
"Larry Toombs [the president of the East Coast Bowl] wanted a game where kids didnít have to spend $500 and travel across the country to play. He wanted to make it a free opportunity for players to showcase their talents in a final collegiate game. The event draws quite a bit of NFL interest. Last year, every team was represented either through scouts or scouting bureaus, along with many arena league teams and the CFL."
Just under 30 alumni of the East Coast Bowl have gone on to play some sort of professional football.
To further reveal the charitable nature of this all-star game, all game proceeds go to a local football player who seeks to play at a NCAA Division II or III institution.
Kickoff for this Thanksgiving weekend game (November 27) is set for 12:05 p.m.