The NFL unveiled its plans for the top HBCU student finalists who participated in the second annual Madden NFL 22 x HBCU Tournament. The plans include a once-in-a-lifetime experience during Super Bowl LVI Week where students will travel to Los Angeles for a week filled with job shadowing opportunities and events with the NFL as well as the finals competition of the Madden NFL 22 x HBCU tournament.

To conclude the week, each student finalist will receive a ticket to attend Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. The Madden NFL 22 x HBCU Tournament is driven by the NFL's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility in both traditional sports and esports.

Throughout the week, the NFL Football Development team will invite the student finalists to learn the business side of football at a variety of events and activations, including the Play Football Stakeholders Breakfast, the High School Girls NFL FLAG Exhibition, the Play Football Family Festival, and Super Bowl Experience. Students will receive valuable career advice from NFL executives and key stakeholders while also participating in immersive job training.

As a lead up to the finals competition, Eric "ThatGuyDJ" Minor from Claflin University and Rodney "RockoTuff" McKay from Virginia Union University will appear on NFL Total Access during the program's February 8 broadcast at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network to talk about their experience in the tournament.

Fans are encouraged to tune in on February 12 at 3 p.m. ET on the NFL's YouTube or Twitch channels to find out if Minor or McKay will take home the Madden NFL 22 x HBCU title. Minor and McKay will be competing for the title from the NFL's west coast headquarters located next to SoFi Stadium in Hollywood Park, home of Super Bowl LVI.

This year's tournament features NFL partner prizing, including Microsoft Surface Pro X tablets, in addition to other official league products.

Madden NFL 22 HBCU Top Student Finalists


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Javion D Jackson


Albany State

Andre Kenyoda Patterson Jr.


Albany State

Eric Demetrius Minor Jr.



Christopher Webb


Delaware State

Donavan Burrell


Florida A&M

Tykevious Dequante Ivory


Fort Valley State

Donald Ray White III


Grambling State

Malik Seay



Malay Robinson Jr.


Morgan State

Nicholas Harris


Norfolk State

Da'Sean Wade Neclos Jr.


North Carolina A&T State

Quran Rubin Coy Watts


North Carolina A&T State

Christopher James Pitts


Saint Augustine's

Carlik A Humes


Virginia Union

Rodney Jimmel McKay Jr.


Virginia Union

Learn more about the NFL’s partnership with HBCUs and the opportunities it provides.