Two Celebration Bowl Alums Selected in 2017 NFL Draft

Two Celebration Bowl champions were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft this past weekend in Philadelphia.

Chad Williams, Grambling State’s leading receiver in their 10-9 victory over North Carolina Central in 2016, was selected in the 3rd round (98th overall) by the Arizona Cardinals. Williams logged 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns in his senior season. His 111 receiving yard/game average was 5th in all of FCS.

North Carolina A&T RB Tarik Cohen, 2015 Offensive MVP, was selected in the 4th round (119th overall). Cohen became a household name after his standout performance in the inaugural Celebration Bowl, where he ran for 295 yards, had 53 yards receiving, and scored 3 TDs in the Aggie’s thrilling 41-34 win over Alcorn State. In 2016 he went on to become the MEAC’s all-time leading rusher and took home MEAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the third straight year. Cohen was also awarded the inaugural Deacon Jones Trophy for HBCU Player of the Year.

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