Palmer Selected To Play in 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Nate Palmer
Nate Palmer

Jan. 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Illinois State defensive end Nate Palmer has been selected to play in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, as announced Monday by the NFL Players Association.

Palmer joins a growing list of impressive draft-eligible seniors competing in the all-star game, which will be televised live on ESPN2 and be available via WatchESPN on Jan. 19 at The Home Depot Center on the campus of California State-Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. With the invitation, Palmer becomes the 15th Redbird player to participate in a major postseason all-star game and the first since 2008, when Isaiah Wiggins participated in the Texas vs. The Nation Bowl.

"I had known about the game for a long time, but wasn't sure if I was going to be selected because of the great number of talented seniors out there," Palmer said. "When I got the invitation, I was excited and my agent told me to accept. I'm looking forward to seeing how I stack up against players from some of the best programs in the country, learning from some great coaches and showing some NFL scouts and coaches what I can do on the field."

Palmer, a defensive end from Chicago, was named a 2012 All-Missouri Valley Conference Second-Team selection in his final season with the Redbirds in 2012. Palmer ranked second on the team and was fourth in the MVFC with 7.5 sacks on the season and was fifth in the conference with 15 tackles-for-loss. In the FCS quarterfinals against No. 4 Eastern Washington, Palmer recorded seven tackles, including one for a loss, and a sack to go along with a pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.



In 2011, Palmer started all 11 games at defensive end for the Redbirds, leading the MVFC with 9.5 sacks and while recording 46 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles on way to being named an All-MVFC Second-Team selection and MVFC All-Newcomer Team member. He finished his career ranked No. 3 in school history in quarterback hurries with 31 and No. 8 in sacks with 17.

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to the union, which is the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Pro-football players and coaching legends will work with the game's future stars, giving them first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field. Coaching standouts Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Player Ambassadors for the game include former NFL players Terrell Davis, Hank Baskett, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Lorenzo Neal and Andre Reed. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.