Hammond, La: Gridiron Football is proud to announce that former Super Bowl Champions and LSU National Champions Michael Clayton and Devery Henderson will serve as head coaches for the 2021 Gridiron Football All-Star Bowl Game on December 30th at Strawberry Field in Hammond, La. The 2018 All-Star game played at Louisiana College in Pineville, La, hosted 84 prospects. There were 1,400 fans in the stands and 17,000 people watched the game live via Facebook. Of the 84 prospects, 83 received an offer to play at the next level. In 2019, the game was played again in Pineville, La at Louisiana College. This year there were 104 prospects with 3500 people in the stands and 42,000 people watched the game live via Facebook. In addition, 98 of the 104 prospects received offers to play at the next level. This will make the third year of the All-Star Bowl Game for Louisiana players and looks to be the biggest game yet.
The 2021 Gridiron Football All-Star Bowl hosts some of the most talented of seniors in the state. 120 young men from every corner of the state will arrive on Dec 27th in Hammond , La for a week long camp to be finished off with the Bowl Game on Dec 30th with a kick-off set for 5pm. Click HERE to get tickets to the 2021 All-Star Bowl Game.
This year’s All-Star matchup will also host the very first Battle Of The Bands. 5 High School bands from across the state will battle during the Half-Time show and will be voted on by the fans in the stands. Fans will have a chance to yell for their favorite band of the show and the band that receives the loudest cheer, will be crowned champion and take home a $500 prize.
On the morning of the 30th, Gridiron Football will host the first college showcase camp of the off-season with 400 college hopefuls who will attend the camp in Hammond. Coaches from DII, DIII, NAIA, and JUCO will be in attendance to evaluate prospects as well speak during the lunch following the camp about what each level of football looks for in recruiting as well as what they want to see in a potential prospect. Click HERE to register for the 2021 Gridiron Football College Showcase Camp. Following the camp and luncheon, prospects are invited to attend the Gridiron Football All-Star Bowl Game.
Devery Henderson hails from Opelousas, La before attending LSU. The Louisiana-born Henderson played for Louisiana State University (LSU) where he and the Tigers won the 2004 BCS National Championship Game for the 2003 NCAA Division I-A football season. A few months later, the New Orleans Saints selected Henderson in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. The highlight of his career at LSU came on November 9, 2002. Henderson caught the famed “Bluegrass Miracle” deep pass from Marcus Randall to help defeat the Kentucky Wildcats, 33–30. he “Bluegrass Miracle” also won an ESPY award the following year for “Best Play.” Henderson accepted the award on behalf of the LSU Tigers. Henderson was part of the Saints’ 2009 team that won Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts. Henderson had 7 catches for 63 yards en route to the Saints defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. As of 2019 he is still the #6 All-Time career Receiving Yards Leader in Saints Franchise History with 4377 yards.
Michael Clayton played college football at LSU where he was part of the NCAA champion LSU Tigers in 2003. During his three years with LSU, he caught 182 passes for 2,582 yards and 21 TDs for the Tigers, and ended his LSU career with the record for career TD receptions with 21. The record was later broken by Dwayne Bowe in a game against Tennessee on November 4, 2006. He finished second in school history in receptions with 182, just one shy of tying Wendell Davis’s record of 183. He is ranked fourth in career receiving yards with 2,582 and seventh in career 100-yard games, and is the only player in LSU history to have at least 700 yards receiving in three straight seasons. Clayton was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 15th selection of the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Clayton had a promising 2004 rookie campaign with Tampa Bay, where he led all NFL rookies and the Buccaneers with 80 receptions for 1193 yards, and his team with 7 touchdowns and was named tot he Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team.