Jackson receives nomination

Published 11:18 pm Friday, April 3, 2009

Martaze Jackson of Demopolis has been officially nominated for consideration to play in the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Featuring the nation’s top prep football stars, the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010 at 1 p.m. in San Antonio’s Alamodome and broadcasted live on NBC.

Throughout the past decade, this premier all-star game has featured the nation’s most elite football players, providing a launching pad for college and NFL stars such as Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Vince Young, Tim Tebow and Terrelle Pryor.

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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl provides senior athletes a national platform to display their talents and strengths against America’s best. Jackson’s nomination makes him on of 400 being considered for final selection to play in this classic East vs. West match-up.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee congratulates Jackson, a standout at Demopolis High School on his nomination.

“For 10 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has provided the national platform for young adults to reflect the strenth of Army Strong Soldiers,” Colonel David Lee, director of marketing for U.S. Army Accessions command, said.

“The nomination is great recognition of the leadership qualities Jackson has developed on and off the field as a student-athlete in his community. The Army is proud to be a partner of the game and congratulates all of the nominees on their selection.”

The 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of more than 32,000 to the Alamodome on Jan. 3, garnering a 1.7 U.S. household rating on NBC. The Bowl was the highest-rated sports event of the weekend other than the NFL Playoff games.

Of the 400 nominees, 90 will ultimately be selected and invited to this year’s 10th anniversary game. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee is comprised of Rivals.com, the largest college and high school sports Web site, Tom Lemming, who is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on college football recruiting and high school talent. Football University regional directors, and SportsLink, owner and producer of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the U.S. Army National Combine, and Football University.

The next step for nominees will kick off in October when the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour begins and runs through December, during which the 90 final players will be announced.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events visit www.usarmyallamericanbowl.com and www.goarmy.com.