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Local teen chosen to play for U.S. National Select Football Team

Staff Report~ 1/28/2015

ANTHEM – Lawson Busch, a Senior Tight End at Anthem Preparatory Academy and a three time All-State TE/WR, has been chosen to play for the U.S. National Select Football Team on Jan. 31, in Arlington, TX.

 Fifty-seven top varsity high school football players from across the nation have been named to the 2015 U.S. Select Team, which will compete against the International Federation of American Football World Team at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Criteria for selection to the U.S. Select Team included leadership and character, academic achievement, and football ability. Busch, who was a three-time captain, MVP and Eagle Award winner at Anthem Prep and who has a 4.67 GPA, is the only Arizona resident named to the team. 

"I am extremely honored to be selected for the U.S. National Select Team, and I look forward to representing my country and being an ambassador for the USA and the game of football in this international competition. This game will be fun and a great opportunity to meet top football players from around the world," said Busch.

The IFAF World Team will include players and coaches from more than a dozen nations. USA Football and Football Canada are among the 67 national federations who are IFAF members. IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America. The U.S. National Select Team will compete against the IFAF World Team as part of the 2015 International Bowl week. The two teams feature over 100 of the world’s top high school football varsity players.

The U.S. Select Team is led by head coach Rocky Hager, the assistant head coach at the College of New Jersey. The NCAA recognizes USA Football’s International Bowl as a national team competition. Playing for the United States in the International Bowl is exempt from high school seniors’ two all-star game appearances. It also allows current NCAA coaches to serve as instructors. The Select Team will play the World Team in a Jamboree style scrimmage on Thursday, Jan. 29, and an official international competition as sanctioned by the International Federation of American Football on Saturday, Jan. 31. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 and can be viewed for free by visiting:  ESPN3 can be viewed via Xbox, Apple TV, Online, on mobile devices (iPad or iPhone) as well as via SmartTV.