WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bucknell's Abdullah Anderson will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.
Anderson will suit up on the National Team's defensive line and wear number 92. He is one of just two Patriot League players who will participate in this postseason all-star game, joining Holy Cross's Peter Pujals.
"It's an honor to have the opportunity to play in the NFLPA game," Anderson said. "I'm glad that all my hard work and determination is being recognized. I give thanks to my family, team and coaches for helping me through this process. I'm excited to work hard for the journey ahead of me."
It's official! Our own Abdullah Anderson will play in the @NFLPABowl at the historic @RoseBowlStadium on January 20. Story: https://t.co/rvj67zq2hZ #StartTheStampede #rayBucknell pic.twitter.com/DeSeuVU0xK— Bucknell Football (@Bucknell_FB) January 10, 2018
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl caps a week-long experience during which 112 of the nation’s top draft-eligible prospects will learn about the business of football. The game, scheduled for a 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST kickoff, will be televised on FS1.
Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives elite college seniors an opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.
Anderson was recognized as a 2017 FCS All-American by the Associated Press, STATS, Phil Steele and College Sports Madness. The 2017 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, he joined Rich Lemon (1993-96) and Julién Davenport (2013-16) as the only Bison to capture four All-Patriot League citations in his career.
Anderson was honored on the 2017, 2016 and 2015 All-Patriot League First Teams and the 2014 Second Team. A three-time Preseason All-Patriot League selection, he was also selected as the 2017 Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club's NCAA FCS Collegiate Player of the Year.
In 2017, Anderson totaled 42 tackles (20 solo), nine tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked extra point. During his stalwart career, he started 43 games, recording 171 tackles (96 solo), 33.5 tackles for a loss, 15.5 sacks and four blocked kicks. Three of his four blocked kicks were field goals; he will graduate tied for first in school history with Josh Eden (2006-07, 2010-11) in this statistical category.