The NFL Players Association is proud to announce that MARIO BENAVIDES and ALEX KUPPER of Louisville have committed to playing in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The Cardinals duo joins a growing roster of talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game on Saturday, January 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on ESPN2. ESPNU will also air live broadcasts from practices on Thursday, January 17.
Benavides, a center from Los Fresnos, Texas, is a four-year starter on offense for the Cardinals. He was named to the All-Big East First Team and was a finalist for the 2012 Rimington Trophy, an award presented annually to the outstanding collegiate offensive center.
Kupper is an offensive lineman from Louisville, Ky. who was named to the All-Big East Second Team. An anchor for offense, he played all three positions on the line in his senior campaign and was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes the top collegiate football walk-on.
Benavides and Kupper were captains for the 2013 Sugar Bowl and instrumental in Louisville’s convincing upset of No. 3 Florida. The BCS Bowl game marked Kupper’s 26th-straight start on offense and Benavides’ 47th-career start and 23rd straight at center.
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For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union – the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.
Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game’s future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed.
Tickets are on sale now: http://collegiate.nflpa.com/