NFL Greats joining the Teams for the $250,000 Hall of Fame Celebrity Billfish Invitational in Bimini April 24-27

Friday, 14 February 2014


11 Hall of Famers and 6 NFL Legends Scheduled to appear as of Press Time

The super bowl of billfishing is fielding a stellar squad of NFL Hall of Famers and Legends for a one-of-kind tournament that matches the country¹s best anglers and greats from the National Football League for some hard-hitting blue water action off this tiny Bahamian out-island.

The Tournament Committee today released the names of those former stars scheduled to participate in the tournament, which will be based at the historic Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina in Alice Town.

Those players* are:

Rod Woodson (Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders) Safety/Cornerback. Eleven Pro Bowl and six First Teal All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of  2009.

John Randle (Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks) Defensive Tackle.

Seven Pro Bowl and six First Team All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

John Hannah (New England Patriots) Guard.  Nine Pro Bowl and 10 First Team All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1991.

Mark May (Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and Phoenix Cardinals) Offensive Tackle.  Pro Bowl (1988) Super Bowl Champion (XVII and XXII).

Jim McMahon (Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers) Quarterback.  Pro Bowl (1985) and Super Bowl Champion (XX, XXXI)

Dwight Stephenson (Miami Dolphins) Center. Five Pro Bowl and five First Teal All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1998.

George Rogers  (New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins) Running Back.

Heisman Trophy (1980) Pro Bowl (1981/82)

Bernie Kosar (Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins) Quarterback. Pro Bowl (1987) Super Bowl champion (XXVIII)

Paul Krause (Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings.) Safety.  Eight  Pro Bowl and eight All Pro selections. NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1998.

Jack Youngblood (Los Angeles Rams) Defensive End.  Eleven Pro Bowl and six First Team All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2001.

Mike Haynes (New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders). Cornerback. Nine Pro Bowls and Super Bowl Champion XVIII.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1997.

Dermontti Dawson (Pittsburgh Steelers). Center.  Seven Pro Bowl and Six All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Joe DeLamielleure (Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns) Guard. Six Pro Bowl and six All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2003.

Tom Mack (Los Angeles Rams) Offensive Guard.  Eleven Pro Bowl and four First Team All Pro selections. NFL Hall of Fame Class of 1999.

Willie Roaf (New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs) Offensive Tackle.

Eleven Pro Bowl and six First Team All Pro selections.  NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Dave Butz  (St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Redskins) Defensive Lineman.

Pro Bowl and First Team All Pro (1983) Super Bowl champion (XVII and XXII)

Louis Lipps (Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints) Wide Receiver/Return Specialist. Pro Bowl and First Team All Pro selection (1984/85). 

*Subject to change

The catch and release only tournament, which will adhere to IGFA Tournament rules, will target all billfish species, including Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish, Spearfish and Swordfish. Awards will be presented in the overall angler and team categories and additional awards will be given to the high point boat each day.

Competition is open for up to four registered anglers per boat‹just 22 boats total. At stake is a shot at over $250,000 in prizes, a tremendous gift bag per angler, and the opportunity to fish with a Pro Football Hall of Fame Player or NFL Legend.

To register online go to www.HOFBimini.com and a brief tournament video overview can be viewed on the homepage. Several sponsorship levels are available including the Title sponsorship.

About the Hall of Fame (HOF) Players Classic Foundation

There are 273 individuals that have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  These inductees include players, coaches, team owners and other noteworthy individuals that have ³made outstanding contributions to professional football.²  Members of this elite group have been selected because of their talent and influence on pro football but also because of their generosity, heart and true love of the game.  The HOF Players Classic commitment is to assist and honor the Hall of Fame Players who are the legacy of the NFL and through their talent have made immeasurable contributions to the sport of football.  Funds raised at each event assists members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, particularly those who played the game in the early years, and facing difficulties long after the conclusion of their football careers.  In addition to player support, the HOF Players Classic Foundation is also committed to creating ongoing educational programs for players, parents, schools, and coaches to improve their knowledge of the great game of football.  The Foundation will focus on improving knowledge in the areas of game safety, game rules and regulations, proper equipment and proper medical care for all the betterment of the game.

About The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina

The Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, a legendary outpost for fishermen and host to numerous major sport fishing tournaments for more than half a century, officially re-opened in 2010 following completion of a $3,500,000 renovation that included all guest rooms, cottages and suites and the new Bimini Big Game Bar & Grill, Also featured is the PADI Dive Center with a 60 foot dive boat with bathrooms, PADI dive instructor and a free dive resort course for all guest to learn how to dive or refresh their skills.  The property also features a Watersports Center for kayak, paddleboard and sailboat rentals and the legendary table and board games on property. More recently owners have added the white wedding tent on the water for weddings, groups or meetings and the Gulfstream Conference Center.  The legendary Hemingway's Rum Bar & Social Lounge has also been renovated.  The Outfitter store offers an array of souvenirs and Big Game liquor has all the island favorites.  Customs is located on property and immigration across the street, making it convenient for boaters when arriving in Bimini.  Bimini Bull Run Shark Cage and Shark Bar in the Marina is a great adventure for all ages. For information on the Big Game Club Resort and Marina go to www.biggameclubbimini.com.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 February 2014 )