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Texas vs.the Nation Classic Finishes 2010 All-Star Season
Photo - QB Ryan Perrilloux - Jacksonville St
El Paso, Texas
The rosters for the Texas vs. the Nation All Star event are set and players have completed the practice sessions for the week. They now prepare for the annual classic game. The Texas/Nation All-star game is the final postseason game for pro prospects and has earned a fine reputation during its short existence. This weekend will mark the 4th annual Texas/Nation event with the game scheduled for this Saturday February 6, 2010 in El Paso, Texas. Kickoff is set for 2 pm est.
* Feb. 6 - Texas/ Nation All-Star Classic - Sun Bowl, El Paso, Texas
For Full Rosters go to http://www.texasvsthenation.com
The upcoming Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints will feature a few former players from this All Star game. The Texas vs. The Nation games two years ago featured a small college wide receiver from D-III Mount Union named Pierre Garcon. He was drafted by the Colts and has become a core weapon in their potent passing game directed by Peyton Manning. Garcon set an AFC Championship game record of 11 receptions and 151 yards in the Colts 30-17 win over the New York Jets.
Garcon is a big, physical receiver who makes numerous plays down the field in the Colts big play potent air attack. He has been a key addition to one of the NFL’s most explosive offenses after joining the Colts as a 6th round pick in the NFL Draft 2008.
Garcon has been playing with a heavy heart since the devastating earthquake rocked his parents’ home land of Haiti. He was able to use the tragedy as motivation to promote assistance for the tragedy. His ability to make big plays has also brought attention to the Haiti situation while helping the Colts reach their 2nd Super Bowl in four seasons.
Heading up the coaching staffs for this year's game will be Howard Schnellenberger, head coach for the Nation, and Bill Bates, head coach for Texas. Schnellenberger has been part of four collegiate national championships including the 1983 Miami Hurricanes who won the school's first national title ever defeating Nebraska in the 50th Orange Bowl. Schnellenberger returns to the Sun Bowl to defend the title the Nation captured under his leadership beating out Team Texas 27-24.
After a collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, Bates signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 1983 and went on to spend his entire 15 year NFL career in Dallas, winning three Super Bowls while with the Cowboys. Bates is making his second appearance on the coaching staff for Texas vs. the Nation after serving as an assistance coach for Gene Stallings in the 2009 outing.