The Texas vs the Nation all star game will return in 2013 and is scheduled for Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m. EST at Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas. The game will be televised by FOX Sports.
Last season the game was re-branded as the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in San Antonio, but the post-season exhibition, which was established in 2006, will shift back to the original format for 2013.
The exhibition serves as a stage for professional scouts to evaluate prospects for the NFL, CFL and other pro football leagues, similar to long-standing college all-star games like the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. Since 2006, over 500 college players who participated in the Texas vs. the Nation game have been signed to NFL contracts and over the last five years, 100 players have been selected in the NFL Draft.
After a productive collegiate career at Division III's Mount Union College, wide receiver Pierre Garcon received an invitation to the 2008 Texas vs the Nation game and impressed scouts throughout the week of practice and during the game. He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts and recently signed a five-year $42.5 million contract this off-season with the Washington Redskins. Other notable NFL players who participated in this event over the years includes Bears WR Johnny Knox, Ravens CB Lardarius Webb, Raiders OT Jared Veldheer and Eagles OT Demetrius Bell.
According to the website, the Texas vs the Nation game “began as an idea to bring a sense of rivalry and teamwork back to the all-star arena.” Invitations to the 2013 exhibition game will be sent this month.
Over the first four years, the game was played at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas before moving to San Antonio last year. The 2013 contest moves to Allen, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, at Eagle Stadium, one of the premier high school venues in the country. The stadium, which cost approximately $60 million to build, was opened this past summer and is an 18,000-seat facility with a 75-by-45 foot HD video screen and other amenities that rival most college stadiums.
Texas vs the Nation recently released this Watch List.