In front of a packed gymnasium filled with teammates, friends, students and staff from Chaparral High School, senior Justin Dedich was selected to play in this year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl game last week.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl, presented by American Family Insurance, is the nation’s premier high school All-American game featuring the best 100 players in the nation at an annual East versus West matchup every January in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The Army Bowl enjoys a worldwide television audience thanks to a live broadcast on NBC. The 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 1 p.m. Eastern time/12 p.m. Central time.
“From the classroom to the field, Justin is everything a student-athlete should be. He’s a 4.0 student in AP classes who has great character and integrity. Dedich is a product of an outstanding family atmosphere and infects his teammates with that same passion and drive. Not only is he one of the best players ever to come out of Chaparral, he is one of the finest young men I know. It is a privilege to coach him,” said Puma Head Coach Jeremy McCullough
The history and tradition of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is unparalleled, highlighted by Heisman Trophy winners and more than 400 NFL players counted among its alumni. Throughout its 18 years, the game has featured the nation’s most elite football players before they reached stardom. Just some of these alumni include: Odell Beckham Jr., Andrew Luck, Adrian Peterson, Tim Tebow and hundreds more.
With the U.S. Army All-American Bowl still months away Dedich and his Pumas are looking forward to the start of the Southwestern League season when Chaparral faces crosstown rival Great Oak Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m.