Texas vs. The Nations will be in North Texas for the first time ever. The all-star game will feature future NFL players in the form of college seniors from across the country playing their best to impress the scouts and coaches who are there to find next year’s pro football talent.
“I can guarantee that people will be watching the future of the NFL at this game,” said Kenny Hansmire, chairman of Texas vs. the Nation. “At least 97 percent of these players will sign NFL contracts after this game.” More than 250 NFL scouts will descend upon Allen the week of the game, ready to be the first to sign the next big pro talent.
What is Texas vs The Nation?
Texas vs. the Nation serves as a stage for professional scouts to evaluate prospects for the NFL and other pro football leagues and began as an idea to bring a sense of rivalry and teamwork back to the all-star arena. Since 2006, more than 500 college players who participated in Texas vs. the Nation have been signed to NFL contracts. Over the last five years, more than 100 players from this all-star game have been selected in the NFL draft. Current NFL stars who are alumni of Texas vs. the Nation include: Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins; Lardarius Webb, Baltimore Ravens; and Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears. One of every ten players in the NFL have played in Texas vs. the Nation while college seniors. The game attracts 225 NFL general managers, scouts and coaches.
What teams are playing?
The opposing teams are “Texas,” composed of players who went to high school or college here in the Lone Star State, and the “Nation,” players from across the U.S. Beloved former Dallas Cowboy Bill Bates will coach the Texas team while Howard Schnellenberger will coach the Nation team.
Where is the game played at?
The game will be played in Allen, Texas. The NFL suggested Allen because of its fantastic new Eagle Stadium and the world-class amenities this community offers to players, coaches and fans who will travel from across the country, descending upon Allen the week of the game.
Extra fun before the game
The morning of the game, Saturday, Feb. 2, Age Pure youth football will play exposition games, introducing a new generation of football players to the sport in a league where teams are determined explicitly on age in an effort to provide a safe and encouraging platform for kids to learn.
Giving back to the community
Texas vs. the Nation is excited to be part of the Allen community and has already found a way to give back. Working with the FBI’s National Child ID Program, Texas vs. the Nation is partnering with the American Football Coaches Association and AllPlayers.com to supply identification kits to students in Allen ISD. Each year, more than 800,000 children in the U.S. are reported missing. When these tragedies happen, many parents are ill prepared and are not immediately able to provide law enforcement with vital information including fingerprints, and D.N.A. samples that could help in a situation when every second counts.
Purchase tickets today
Tickets for the event are $18 to $25 and are on sale now at www.TexasVStheNation.com. The event is expected to sell out so purchase your tickets asap.