Saguaro football player chosen to play in the U.S. Army bowl

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Byron Murphy receiving his game jersey. (submitted photo)

Byron Murphy of Saguaro High School has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

A U.S. Army representative presented Mr. Murphy with his official game jersey Friday, Nov. 6, at Saguaro High School, 6250 N. 82nd St. in Scottsdale.

Attendance at the event included U.S. Army representatives, football teammates, family members, Saguaro Administration and Coach Jason Mohns.

Mr. Murphy a senior on the Saguaro football team has been called upon to play as a cornerback and a wide receiver for the Sabercats. He is one of the top football players in the state of Arizona and has dreamed of playing in the bowl since he was a child, according to a press release.

Receiving his game jersey was a dream come true.

Mr. Murphy has not yet committed to a college. College finalists include Arizona State, Texas A&M, USC and Washington, the release stated.

According to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl website, the All-American game features the best 90 players in the East versus West matchup every January. The 15-year history of the bowl includes Heisman Trophy winners and more than 200 NFL players among alumni.

The bowl enjoys a worldwide television audience. Over 35,000 fans attend the game each year, many of whom are servicemen and women.

The game will take place Jan. 9, 2016, at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio and will be televised live on NBC.

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