U.S. Army All-American Bowl

The official logo of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl
NFL running backs Adrian Peterson and Reggie Bush both played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football All-American game. Due to its distinction as "Military City USA" the Bowl is held annually in San Antonio, Texas. Currently played in the Alamodome, the game brings together 90 of the nation's top high school football players in an East versus West matchup. In addition to the Bowl game, there is the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, which comprises 125 of the nation’s top high school marching musicians who perform during halftime of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The game enjoys a worldwide audience thanks to broadcast partner NBC, and more than 40,000 in attendance every year.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl was first played on December 30, 1985, in Highlander Stadium in Dallas, Texas.[1] Since 2002, however, the game has been played in San Antonio. Notable alumni include: Andrew Luck, Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson, Adrian Peterson, Odell Beckham Jr., Eric Berry, Tim Tebow, Joe Thomas, Tyron Smith, Robert Quinn, C.J. Mosley and DeMarco Murray. Thirty-six U.S. Army All-Americans were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, and as of the 2015 NFL Draft there have been 299 alumni drafted.

Since the game's inception, attendance has risen from 6,300 for the inaugural game in 1985[1] to 40,133 in 2013.


During U.S. Army All-American Bowl Week, a number of national awards are given out at a formal awards dinner, which include:

Ken Hall Trophy: Presented to the U.S. Army Player of the Year: High school football's highest honor, awarded to the nation's best high school football player. This award is named after Ken "Sugarland Express" Hall, once the all-time leading rusher in high-school football history for more than five decades. The trophy is cast in the likeness of Ken Hall in his 1950s football uniform.

Bill Yoast Trophy: Presented to the National H.S. Coach of the Year: Awarded to the nation's top high school coach.

Glenn Davis Army Award (West) and Doc Blanchard (East) Awards: Recognizes an East and West player who best epitomizes the Army's high standard of excellence in community service, education, and athletic distinction.

Anthony Munoz Lineman of the Year Award: Awarded to the nation's best high school offensive lineman or defensive lineman.

Following the conclusion of the game on Saturday afternoon, the following awards are given out:

Herman Boone Trophy: Awarded annually to the winning team.

Pete Dawkins MVP Trophy:" Awarded annually to the game's most valuable player.

National Coach of the Year: Award honors the nation’s top high school football coach for exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills, as well as acknowledging his role as a positive influence to young Americans on and off the field.

Selection process

U.S. Army All-American Bowl football players are chosen by a selection committee made up of game-producer All American Games and 247Sports.com.

U.S. Army All-American Bowl game records

Record category Record holder Year Record
Highest Attendance 2013 2013 40,133
Longest Touchdown Pass Travis Waller to Derrius Guice 2015 92 yards
Most Passing Yards Kyle Allen 2014 183 yards (12-of-18)
Most Passing Touchdowns Chris Leak, Tajh Boyd 2003, 2009 3 TDs
Most Rushing Yards Demetrius Hart 2011 100 yards (8 carries)
Most Rushing Touchdowns Most Recently: Royce Freeman (tied with 3 others) 2014 3 TDs
Most Receiving Yards Derrius Guice 2015 153 yards (2 receptions)
Most Points, Single Player Most Recently: Royce Freeman (tied with 3 others) 2014 18 points
Most Tackles De'Anthony Thomas 2011 8 tackles
Longest Kickoff Return TD Ted Ginn, Jr. 2004 98 yards
Largest Margin of Victory East over West 47-3 2003 44 points


Game results

East victories are shaded ██ red. West victories shaded ██ gold.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series MVP
 December 30, 2000    Highlander Stadium • Dallas, Texas   West 18  East      15  West 1–0 Dominic Robinson
January 5, 2002 Alamo StadiumSan Antonio, Texas West      26 East6 West 2–0 Vince Young
January 5, 2003 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East47 West3 West 2–1 Chris Leak
January 3, 2004 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East45 West28 Tied 2–2 Ted Ginn, Jr.
January 15, 2005 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West35 East3 West 3–2 DeSean Jackson
January 7, 2006 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East27 West16 Tied 3–3 Chris Wells
January 6, 2007 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West24 East7 West 4–3 Chris Galippo
January 5, 2008 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East33 West23 Tied 4–4 Terrelle Pryor
January 3, 2009 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East30 West17 East 5–4 Co-MVPs Bryce Brown and Tajh Boyd
January 9, 2010 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West30 East14 Tied 5–5 Ronald Powell
January 8, 2011 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East13 West10 East 6–5 Demetrius Hart
January 7, 2012 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West24 East12 Tied 6–6 Co-MVPs Cyler Miles and Dorial Green-Beckham
January 5, 2013 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas East15 West8 East 7–6 James Quick
January 4, 2014 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West26 East8 Tied 7–7 Joe Mixon
January 3, 2015 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West39 East36 West 8–7 Derrius Guice
January 9, 2016 Alamodome • San Antonio, Texas West37 East9 West 9–7 Shea Patterson


All American Games (formerly SportsLink) is a sport management and marketing company based in Rockaway, New Jersey, that produces and manages many of the nation’s premier high school and youth sporting events. All American Games’ properties include: the U.S. Army All-American Bowl; U.S. Army Coaches Academy; U.S. Army National Combine; U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, Football University; FBU TOP GUN Showcase Camp; the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl; and the FBU National Championship. In 2009, All American Games ventured into sports-television production with a new sports-reality television show “The Ride,” which garnered coverage in almost 80 million homes and aired on MTV2.


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