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HBCU Students to Super Bowl for Madden 22 Finals

Courtesy of NFL communications

NEW YORK, NY –The National Football League today unveiled its plans for the top HBCU student finalists who participated in the 2nd annual Madden NFL 22 x HBCU Tournament with a once-in-a-lifetime experience during Super Bowl LVI week. Students will journey to Los Angeles for a week filled with job shadowing opportunities and events with the NFL as well as the finals competition of the Madden NFL 22 x HBCU tournament. To conclude the week, each student finalist will receive a ticket to attend Super Bowl LVI, on February 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium. The Madden NFL 22 x HBCU Tournament is driven by the NFL’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility in both traditional sports and esports.

Throughout the week, the NFL Football Development team will host the student finalists inviting them to learn the business side of football at a variety of events and activations, including the Play Football Stakeholders Breakfast, the High School Girls NFL FLAG Exhibition, the Play Football Family Festival, and Super Bowl Experience. Students will receive valuable career advice from NFL executives and key stakeholders while also participating in immersive job training.

As a lead up to the finals competition, Eric “ThatGuyDJ” Minor from Claflin University and Rodney “RockoTuff” McKay from Virginia Union University will appear on NFL Total Access during the program’s February 8 broadcast at 7:00 PM ET on NFL Network to talk about their experience in the tournament.

Fans are encouraged to tune in on February 12 at 3:00 PM ET on the NFL YouTube or Twitch channels to find out Eric “ThatGuyDJ” Minor or Rodney “RockoTuff” McKay will take home the Madden NFL 22 x HBCU title. Eric and Rodney will be competing for the Championship title from the NFL’s west coast headquarters located next to SoFi Stadium in Hollywood Park, home of Super Bowl LVI.

This year’s tournament features NFL partner prizing including Microsoft Surface Pro X tablets, in addition to other official League product.

Madden NFL 22 HBCU Top Student Finalists

Name Madden Gamer Tag HBCU
Andre Kenyoda Patterson Jr Slattlyfeee Albania State University
Javion D Jackson Javion142 Albania State University
Eric Demetrius Minor Jr. ThatGuyDJ Claflin University
Christopher Webb Sbc_gaming_1of1 Delaware State University
Donavan Burrell Tissue20 Florida A&M University
Tykevious Dequante Ivory Equipedbulldog2 Fort Valley State University
Donald Ray White III DonTnp4L Grambling State University
Malik Seay kreamyshots Howard University
Malay Robinson Jr JoseHndrx Morgan State University
Nicholas Harris BlackTrident4H Norfolk State University
DaSean Wade Neclos Jr ThaRealSuave North Carolina A&T State University
Quran Rubin Coy Watts callingwolves_ North Carolina A&T State University
Christopher James Pitts Sametarsier8657 Saint Augustine’s University
Carlik A Humes Freakylikky Virginia Union University
Rodney Jimmel McKay Jr RocoTuff Virginia Union University

The NFL partnered with GCN (Gaming Community Network), a GameSquare Esports company who manages the online qualifiers, including registration and online tournament execution, player communications, competitive integrity, and the professional broadcast on February 12.

About the NFL HBCU Initiative
In May 2016, the NFL launched Strength of HBCUs, Impacting Pro Football Since 1948 in partnership with two prominent HBCU athletic conferences — the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC). The initiative has expanded to also include other conferences and schools to recognize and strengthen its relationships with HBCUs across the country. Through these relationships, the NFL has developed several HBCU-focused programs to educate and connect students to careers in football administration and the sports industry at large.

HBCU Students head to Super Bowl LVI for Madden 22 x HBCU Tournament Finals








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