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2016 National Middle School Lineman Challenge

The 2016 National Middle School Lineman Challenge is set to begin Friday May 27th and run through Saturday May 28th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The host school is again Cardinal Gibbons Catholic and the host hotel is the Sheraton Suites Ft. Lauderdale at Cypress Creek.

This year, instead of an open registration for our lineman, we are inviting all players to increase the competition level in this national Middle School Showcase.  Football Hotbed’s National Middle School Showcase event spawned the Lineman Challenge which allows just offensive and defensive lineman to come together and compete.  This includes defensive ends (DEs), and in-line blocking Tight Ends (TEs).  We want to put together the finest collection of middle school football talent in the country on one national stage.

Last year’s event featured over 20 lineman from all over the Southeast, this year we expect lineman from over 10 states across America.  There are three grade level competitions between 6th, 7th and 8th grade lineman.  The Football Hotbed National Middle School Lineman Challenge is subsequently the only off season showcase exclusively for lineman and exclusively for middle school age football players who are playing the game at a high level.  Lineman receive all the awards, all the media attention and all of the exposure without any other athletes having the ability to make them less of a priority.


Gemon Eafford 2019 DE MVP

The 2015 Winners are as follows:

Overall MVP: Gemon Eaford (Deerfield Beach, FL), several division 1 offers currently.

8th Grade : Offensive Lineman: Vincent Murphy (Suwanee, GA) Defensive Lineman: Gemon Eaford (Deerfield Beach, FL)

7th Grade ChampionOffensive Lineman: James Wayne (Port St. Lucie, FL) Defensive Lineman: Chase Trombley (Port St. Lucie, FL)

6th Grade ChampionOffensive Lineman: Keegan Davis (Port St. Lucie, FL) Defensive Lineman: Richard Thomas (Pompano Beach, FL)



Each participating athlete, after receiving an invitation to the National Middle School Lineman Challenge must register.  Registration includes full combine gear, sponsor giveaways, hydration and lunch on Saturday only.  All other meals are the responsibility of the player and their families.  Families are also responsible for their own travel costs and lodging.  Our host hotel is the Sheraton Suites Ft. Lauderdale at Cypress Creek located at 555 W. Cypress Creek Road Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309.  The telephone number is 954-414-8471. To make a reservation:  Individual reservations can be made by calling Central Reservations at:  1-888-627-8250 or via email at reservations@sheratonsuitescypresscreek.com.   Individual callers must identify their affiliation with the Football Hotbed Block.  Callers will be required to provide a credit card to guarantee arrival upon confirming reservations.  Guaranteed reservations within the group block that are “no shows” or cancelled less than forty-eight (48) hours prior to guest arrival, will be assessed a charge of one night’s room and tax.  Reservation Deadline is May 13, 2016


National Middle School Lineman Challenge


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