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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Cecil Brown, Richard Haley to play in All American Bowl at Metrodome Saturday

  • The event features two games consisting of four teams made up of 42 team members apiece.
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  • Minnesota, Crookston football players Cecil Brown, Jr. (Sr., DB, Edison, Ga.) and Richard Haley (Sr., RB, Detroit, Mich.) will take part in the 17th annual All American Bowl Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
     
    The event features two games consisting of four teams made up of 42 team members apiece, consisting of some of the nation’s top football players from National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Championship Subdivision, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The first game Saturday will start at 11:05 a.m. and the second game will commence at 2:05 p.m.
     
    The All American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give athletes the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all-star game setting. The participants in the All American Bowls have been nominated for their outstanding performances throughout the season, their accomplished career, love for the game, a chance to be noticed, and a last chance to play the game they all love. Many past participants in the All American Bowl have gone on to professional football careers in the National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL) and Arena Football League (AFL), among other professional leagues.
     
    Haley wrapped up his two-year career at UMC in November after rushing for 2,690 yards after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Haley was twice named an All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) First Team pick. He finished his career by sending the Golden Eagles out with their second conference victory of the season Nov. 10 as they dove in for the game-winning two-point conversion to give UMC a 37-36 victory over University of Mary.
     
    Brown also finished up his collegiate career in November. The safety, who played four years at University of Minnesota, Crookston after making the move from Edison, Ga., has his best season yet as a Golden Eagle in 2012. Brown led the team with 113 tackles, which was 53 more than the person who has the second-most tackles on the team. He also added 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack and three fumble recoveries. Brown was named an All-NSIC Second Team selection at the conclusion of the season. He also ends his career as the UMC career leader in solo tackles.

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