NFL@L.A.: DeMaurice Smith
December, 7, 2011
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Arash Markazi for ESPNLosAngeles.comThe newly installed astroturf and goal posts at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca.
CARSON, Calif. – The NFL Players Association will be bringing more than just the first-ever AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to Los Angeles next month, they will also be staging their annual award show and a rookie symposium in the city as well.
The game, which will take place Jan. 21 at the Home Depot Center, will be open to all draft-eligible players and serve as the culmination of a week of practices and events in Los Angeles when current and former NFL players will work with top NFL draft prospects on what will be expected of them on and off the field in the league.
ESPNLosAngeles.com first reported news of the game last month.
The game will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network, which will be re-branded from Versus on Jan. 2.
Prior to the game on Jan. 20, the NFLPA will hold their annual PULSE Awards at the Club Nokia at L.A. Live. The event is normally held during Super Bowl week at the host site and honors active and former NFL players. Some of the presenters lined up for the event this year include Joe Manganiello, Ed Asner, Jaime Pressly, Holly Robinson Peete and Hill Harper.