Alumnus Eric “DJ” Minor ’18 won the EA Sports Madden NFL 21 x HBCU Tournament title last year and is looking to defend his title in 2022.
The competitive, esports tournament is sponsored by the National Football League (NFL) and EA to celebrate the impact of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and includes career development and networking opportunities. Registration officially opened on November 15, and the online, single elimination qualifier was held on December 5. The week leading up to the Super Bowl, the top 15 finalists traveled to Los Angeles for a week filled with networking opportunities and events with the NFL Football Development Team.
Minor is a senior at Claflin University, where he is majoring in computer science. As one of the top two finalists, he will play for cash prizes at the NFL's West Coast headquarters at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. The matchup will be available to watch on both the NFL YouTube and Twitch channels. To conclude the week, each student finalist will receive a ticket to attend Super Bowl LVI on February 13 at SoFi Stadium.
"We are so thrilled to bring back this tournament for HBCU students and offer a once-in-a-lifetime experience to come to Los Angeles during Super Bowl LVI Week," said Natara Holloway, vice president, football strategy at the NFL. "We want to expand the league's efforts to create inclusive opportunities for the next generation of talent with partners like EA, providing not only a chance for students to compete, but also the chance to learn the business of football through practical learning and shadowing experiences."