HUNTSVILLE- Sam Houston State senior quarterback Rhett Bomar has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour Senior Bowl January 24, 2009 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL.
The contest will be the second of two college all-star games in which the Bearkats' all-time total offense and passing leader will appear in January. Bomar earlier accepted an invitation to appear in the East-West Shrine All-Star Game on January 17, 2009, in Houston, Texas.
Bomar completed his college career as Sam Houston's all-time leader in passing with 5,564 yards in 19 games and career leader in total offense with 6,159 yards. He is a two-time All-Southland Conference selection and ended the 2008 season ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision total offense (354.2 yards per game) and No. 4 in passing offense (335,5 yards per contest).
Bomar passed for more than 300 yards in nine games during his Bearkat career. He threw for passes of more than 50 yards 10 times including a long of 80 yards. He is one of only 11 players in NCAA FCS history to throw for more than 300 yards and rush for more than 100 yards in a single game (against North Dakota State in 2007).
The Senior Bowl annually attracts more than 800 general managers, coaches, scouts and other personnel to the game and practices. A total of 30 NFL Hall of Fame players have participated in the event.
"This is an exciting opportunity," Bomar said. "After our season is over, I can put on a Bearkat helmet two more times. It should be a good time for everyone and good for Sam Houston State. I've put in a lot of hard work and I'm ready to go out there and show what I can do."
Bomar will be the sixth Bearkat to appear in a post-season All-Star game.
Quarterback Dustin Long played in the 2005 Shrine and Hula Bowl All-Star games. Quarterback Josh McCown (2001) and defensive linemen Michael Bankston (1991) and Mike Ober (1989) played in the North-South Senior Bowl contest in Mobile, AL. McCown scored a touchdown in the 2001 Senior Bowl. D. D. Terry played in the 2007 Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game in Houston.
The East-West Shrine game is one of the most famous post-season college All Star contests. For most of its history, the game was played in the San Francisco Bay Area at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium or at Stanford Stadium. In recent years it has been played at SBC Park.
In 2006, the game was played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Shrine Game moved once again to Houston, Texas for its 2007 event.