"Jonathan and Ryan are talented athletes whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made them standouts at Stone Bridge High School," said John Myers, Director of Marketing, Army Marketing and Research Group. "Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and Jonathan and Ryan possess mental, emotional and physical strengths similar to the Army Strong Soldier, that have afforded them that honor. We are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection."
Allen and Burns were selected by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.
As a result of Allen and Burns being selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, their head coach Mickey Thompson is invited to travel to San Antonio and attend the U.S. Army Coaches Academy, an elite three-day learning experience featuring NFL coaches, as well as participate in bowl-week activities.
For more than a decade, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the Nation's premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America's future college and NFL stars. Percy Harvin, Jamaal Charles, Patrick Peterson, and Andrew Luck all made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2012 NFL Draft Andrew Luck became the first U.S. Army All-American Bowl alumnus to be selected with the first overall pick. The 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a record crowd of 39,011 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.
Originally published by Greg Powers