DURHAM, N.C. – It was announced Thursday by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl that former Blue Devil standout Jamison Crowder was named an honorary captain for the Duke Blue and White during Saturday’s Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
Calvin Ridley will be the honorary captain for No. 2 Alabama. The duo will join the team captains at midfield for the pregame coin toss prior to the 3:30 p.m. kickoff in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The current New York Jets wide receiver, Crowder, played at Duke under head coach David Cutcliffe from 2011-2014. Crowder set an ACC single-season record with 108 receptions, and then tied the ACC all-time record for career receptions during his final collegiate game with 283. He finished his career in Durham with 283 catches, 3,641 yards and 23 touchdowns.
“To have Jamison serve as our honorary captain is truly special,” Cutcliffe said. “Everyone knows the type of player he was with us and is now in the National Football League, but on top of that you won’t find a better representative of our program. It will be great to have him on our sideline.”
Crowder then entered the 2015 NFL Draft and was selected in the fourth round by the Washington Redskins. In four seasons with Washington, he caught 221 passes for 2,628 yards and 14 scores, before signing a three-year deal with the New York Jets earlier this year.
The 15th edition of the nation’s longest-running kickoff game will feature the first meeting between Duke and Alabama since 2010, a Crimson Tide win in Durham. Duke will be making its first appearance at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, while this year’s matchup will be Alabama’s sixth trip opening the season in Atlanta. The Tide will look to remain undefeated in the game with a perfect 5-0 record to date and Duke will attempt to secure the ACC’s first Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game victory since 2012.
About the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game:
Created in 2008 by Peach Bowl, Inc., the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the preeminent bowl-style, neutral-site game featuring two elite football programs and has been nationally televised on the first Saturday of the college football season since its inception. The game has hosted teams with national rankings of No. 1 (twice), 2, 3, 5 (twice), 6 (twice), 7, 9 (twice), 14, 16, 18 (three times), 19, 22, 24 (twice) and 25 (three times). The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game boasts an average attendance of 68,973, has been watched on television by more than 73.1 million viewers, and has distributed $75.8 million in total team payouts. Since its inception in 2008, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game has featured nine national coaches of the year, 25 players who were recipients of national awards during their collegiate careers, a total of 64 first-round NFL Draft picks and two teams that have used the game as a springboard to a national championship that same season. For more information, visit WWW.CHICK-FIL-AKICKOFFGAME.COM.