Braunecker Accepts Invite to NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Braunecker Accepts Invite to NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Ben Braunecker led Harvard with 48 receptions for 860 yards and eight TDs this fall (Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior tight end Ben Braunecker of the No. 19/19 Harvard football team will play in the upcoming 2016 National Football League (NFL) Player Association Collegiate Bowl.

Braunecker will be one of the talented draft-eligible seniors competing in the fifth-annual all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 23. The game will be held at the StubHub Center on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in Carson, California. It is scheduled for a 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. EST kickoff and will air nationally on ESPN2.

In addition, American and National Team practices on Jan. 20 and 21 will be televised live on ESPNU. The game and practices will also be available via WatchESPN.

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. Mike Holmgren and Mike Martz will serve as the head coaches for the American and National Teams. Visit the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl site for a full list of the teams' assistant coaches.

Braunecker, who hails from Ferdinand, Indiana, made 48 receptions for 850 yards and eight TDs on the year, leading Harvard in all categories. His 850 receiving yards ranked sixth-most for a single-season in school history and he grabbed catches for two TDs in the victory over Yale Nov. 21. He earned All-Ivy League first-team honors for his efforts.

Harvard finished 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League, earning a share of its third-straight conference championship. The Crimson posted a 5-0 record on the road, and the senior class will graduate with a record of 36-4, tying last year's class with the most victories for an Ancient Eight school in the Ivy era (since 1956). Harvard also defeated Yale for a series-record ninth-straight time.