On December 22nd, the top 70 high school athletes from around the world competed in Mexico City for the first Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl Presented by Xenith. Players from the United States, Mexico, the Netherlands and France came together to play American football. “Football is more global than ever with games in London and Mexico and through the Pro Football Hall of Fame on missions to Israel, Denmark and the Vatican,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said in a statement.
The players practiced and played at Estadio Azul Stadium in Mexico with thousands of fans cheering on both the teams. “Given the global reach of American football and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy, the opportunity to celebrate the world’s best in Mexico City is exciting. This Bowl will connect oceans, borders and languages,” Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy general manager Rich McGuinness said in a statement.
The Hall of Fame World Bowl was aired on CBS Sports Network on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. ET.