Mobile, Ala., will be painted a shade of Silver and Black next week, and that’s not only because Head Coach Jon Gruden and his staff will be heading up the North roster.
Before he became a Pro Bowl center for the Oakland Raiders, Rodney Hudson was a kid from Alabama, who had just finished up his collegiate career at Florida State.
Now, eight years after participating in the 2011 Senior Bowl, Hudson is scheduled to be inducted into the Reese’s Senior Bowl Hall of Fame next Friday.
“I was with the Kansas City Chiefs when we selected Rodney out of Florida State in the second round and it has been fun watching him become one of the top centers in the NFL,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy. “Talent aside, Rodney is one of the hardest working offensive linemen that I ever scouted. When his career is over, he will go down as one of the best players ever to come [out] of Mobile.”
In addition to Hudson, DeMarco McNeill and Billy Neighbors round out the rest of the group headed into the Hall, and Baker Mayfield will also be honored as the Senior Bowl Rookie of the Year.
The Senior Bowl itself kicks off at 11:30 pm PT and will be shown on NFL Network.