Fayetteville, NC -- Fayetteville State University assistant football coach Chip Vaughn has been selected to join the coaching staff for the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The sixth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will be nationally televised on January 21, 2017 and feature many of the country's top NFL prospects.
Vaughn joined the Fayetteville State football coaching staff prior to the 2016 season as the defensive backs coach and videotape exchange coordinator. Under Vaughn's guidance and tutelage, the Broncos defensive ranked first in the CIAA for passing yards allowed per game (181.2 yards), ranked third in fumble recoveries (12), and four members of the secondary received 2016 All-CIAA honors (Eric Henderson II - 1st Team, Brian Walker - 2nd Team, Travis Scales - Honorable Mention, Jaelin Beugre - All-Rookie).
This is the second consecutive year that Vaughn will participate in this event. He coached the safeties on the American Team during the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Vaughn made such a positive impact that he has been invited back as the secondary coach for the American Team.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is the premier postseason all-star game for draft-eligible college players. The week-long schedule provides participants with a first-class professional experience while introducing them to the business of the National Football League.
Nearly 200 NFL Scouts, Player Personnel Staff, General Managers and Head Coaches watch the live practices and game as well as conduct player interviews and review tape. Participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl have the unique opportunity to network with and learn from current and former NFL players. These veterans give players first-hand insight on what it takes to be successful on and off of the field.
"It's an honor to be selected again to participate for this event," said Vaughn. "This is an awesome work experience to be around current and former NFL greats as well as have the opportunity to pick the brains of some the best coaches in the sport."
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl experience is much more than a game for the participating players. For one week, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to their future union. The NFLPA, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, is the primary resource for players for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in their post-football careers.
Vaughn is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, where he starred at Robinson Secondary School, before accepting a scholarship to Wake Forest University.
Vaughn had a stellar career at Wake Forest where he finished with 258 tackles, three interceptions, 22 passes defended, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. In 2007 he was named All-ACC honorable mention, and topped off his senior season in 2008 with a First-team All-ACC selection, where he played in 13 games with 12 starts, accumulating 87 tackles, two interceptions, six passes defended and two fumble recoveries. Vaughn helped the Demon Deacons rank 12th in the nation in pass defense, allowing 172.5 yards per game.
He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL (116th overall) by the eventual Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Vaughn spent his first season on injury reserve (IR) after an injury during a training camp practice, but he did receive a Super Bowl XLIV ring. Vaughn would go on to play two more seasons in the NFL, with stints at the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers.
Mike Martz will look to defend his 2016 National Team title against Jim Zorn's American Team at StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills.
Founded in 2012, the annual game gives prospective NFL players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Scouts from every NFL club and other professional leagues attend the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl's practices and game.
For more information about the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate, visit http://collegiate.nflpa.com. Follow the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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