posted November 22, 2001

Brian Adloff Will Play in Football Bowl Game

Hope senior Brian Adloff of East Grand Rapids, Mich. has been invited to play in the Aztec Bowl in Mexico next month.

Sponsored by the American College Football Coaches Association, the game features NCAA Division III players against the Mexican National Team. The game will be played Saturday, Dec. 15 in Saltillo, Mexico.

Voted the most valuable offensive player in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), Adloff became only the third player in conference history to achieve all-conference honors four consecutive years.

Co-captain of this year's team, Adloff rewrote Hope's pass receiving records. This season caught a school record 68 passes for 896 yards. He had a career total of 211 receptions for 2,616 yards, both school records.

Adloff is one of 40 NCAA Division III seniors from around the country invited to play in the game. The team will be coached by Hope College graduate Ron Schipper who had a distinguished coahcing career at Central College of Iowa.

The Aztec Bowl is the traditional season-ending game for Mexico's college football season. The game has been played 28 times since 1947 with the last four contests featuring the United States-Mexico matchup.

Adloff is the fourth Hope player invited to play in the game, joining running back Brandon Graham (1997), defensive back Todd Tester (1999) and quarterback J.D. Graves (2000).