Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior football player Chris Wilson (Hingsville, Ga./Long County) will get an opportunity to continue his football career by taking part in the All American Bowl next Saturday (Dec. 18) in Minneapolis.
The game, which showcases some of the country's top players at the junior college, Division II and Division III levels, will be held inside the Metrodome.
A 6-7 receiver, Wilson, who has aspirations to continue his career at the professional level, totaled 34 catches for 457 yards with three touchdowns during his final collegiate campaign with the Bulldogs in 2010. He ranked as the team's second-leading receiver in yardage with 41.5 yards per game.
"This is a great honor for me not only to go and to represent Ferris State, as a football player and person, but this also is an opportunity for me to showcase myself as far as making it to the next level and have a chance to play in the NFL and be a positive figure in the community," Wilson said.
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 All American Bowl was created to fill the void of the lack of all star games available to athletes in high school, Division II, Division III, junior college and minor league football.
The Dec. 18 schedule will include three games with a junior college all-star tilt at 11 a.m. (CT) followed by two college division contests featuring potential free agents at 2 p.m. (CT) and 5 p.m. (CT). Complete Stars and Stripes team rosters will be announced soon.
"When you work hard and give something your all and you see it pay off, there is no greater joy," Wilson said. "Now, I have to put all the work into action and have the best game of my life.
Wilson wrapped up his career as a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldogs and totaled 56 catches for 698 yards and six scores in 34 collegiate contests from 2006-10. He averaged 12.5 yards per catch over the course of his career. Wilson was also tabbed as the team's Most Improved Offensive Player in 2010.
The veteran wideout will graduate from FSU's Television and Digital Media Production program this month and was featured throughout the fall in the "Chasing The Dream" video series at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.
The first All American Bowl was played in Minnesota in 1996 and has since been played at various sites across the country including Atlanta, Miami and Las Vegas. The event also gives athletes the opportunity to be scouted by colleges and professional teams across the country with several games offered for different levels of competition.
Participants in the All American Bowls have been nominated for their outstanding performances throughout the season, accomplished career, love of the game, a chance to be noticed and for some a final opportunity to play the game. Numerous participants in the game have went on to further their careers in various professional leagues.
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