WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University senior linebacker Tom Pangia (Hammonton, N.J.) has accepted an invitation to play in the third annual National Bowl Game presented by East Preps on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m. at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. The game is invite-only and will feature 80 of the top college senior football players in the nation.
Pangia was named a preseason all-american by multiple publications this year and he lived up to the billing this season. While serving as team co-captain, he was a dominant defensive force for the Bison. He was selected as an All-Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) first team defender, becoming the first four-year honoree in the history of the conference. Pangia finished the season with 64 total tackles, recording a season-high 14 against Catholic on Sept. 7. He also added 12.5 tackles for a loss for a total of 35 yards and an interception that he returned for 15 yards.
The game pits the "Red Nation" team against the "Blue Nation" team which will be coached by former National Football League (NFL) special teams coach Mike Stock and Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (Professional Indoor Football League) head coach Chris Thompson, respectively. A portion of the National Bowl Game's proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Tommy Foundation to help its fight against Autism.
Two other players from the ECFC will compete in the game. Castleton State defensive back Brandon Bergeron and Anna Maria kicker Jamal Mitchell were selected to participate in the contest. They will play alongside Pangia for the "Red Nation" squad. To learn more about this game (history, previous results, etc.) and to obtain ticket information or to watch the game online please visit www.nationalbowlgame.org.