By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63
On a beautiful sunny California day, 197 athletes from all over the nation came to compete and showcase their talents at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Though their week was filled with rain and mud, that did not stop their drive to make their coaches and teammates proud.
Lead by former head coaches Mike Tice and Chuck Pagano, the NFLPA Bowl would produce a cache of future NFL superstars and expose them to the expertise of veteran players who still have their hand in the game they love.
Several players took advantage of the presence and teachings of NFL greats such as wide receiver Plaxico Burris, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Jackie Slater, running back Clinton Portis and defensive back Ed Reed.