As the nation's best draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) prepare to showcase their talents this month, they will practice in jerseys donated by the Houston Texans.
The HBCU Pigskin Showdown is a postseason all-star contest that will showcase some of the best draft-eligible football players from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). This year, 84 HBCU players will participate and have a chance to make a final impression on pro scouts. Organizers expressed their gratitude on Twitter, thanking the Texans for providing resources to a growing game operating on a limited budget. HBCU Pigskin Showdown wrote in its tweet:
"Growth starts as folks like the Texans realize how important our event is for the kids of HBCUs."
Texans OL Tytus Howard is a current product of HBCU football, a first-round pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Howard played four seasons (2014-18) at Alabama State after redshirting the 2014 campaign. Named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in 2019, Howard has started all 34 games he has played in at right tackle, left guard and now left tackle.
The 2021 HBCU Pigskin showdown will be held at David J. Robinson Memorial Stadium on the campus of Marion Military Institute (MMI) in Marion, Alabama, on Sunday, December 19.
The Houston Texans roster in photos.