by Chuck Pool (firstname.lastname@example.org) -
Former Rice wide receiver Jordan Taylor is one of 35 players named to the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl 2017 All-Anniversary Team, recognizing the top performers in the bowl’s first 14 years.
Fifteen players on both offense and defense as well as five special teams players were identified by a selection committee. The 15 offensive and defensive players honor the 15th anniversary of the bowl, while the five special teams players give the All-Anniversary Team 35 total players which is a nod to Lockheed Martin’s famous F-35 aircraft.
Taylor was named Rice’s MVP of the 2012 Armed Forces Bowl after setting school bowl records with his 153 yards receiving and three touchdown receptions while his nine receptions tied Jarett Dillard’s 2006 effort in the New Orleans Bowl.
In three career bowl appearances, Taylor caught 16 passes for 216 yards and four touchdowns. He is currently in his second season with the Denver Broncos.
The All-Anniversary Team includes players from 17 different schools that have competed in the game since its inception. In addition, players from each of the previous 14 games were represented.
The annual game, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. Air Force has appeared in the game five times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015), while Navy has played twice (2013, 2016).
Army, which made its debut in 2010, will be making its second appearance this December.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance.
This year’s game will be played Saturday, Dec. 23, at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET), and the matchup will be televised nationally on ESPN.