It’s been nearly a month since the University of Central Florida’s football team completed a 13-0 season and defeated Auburn 34-27 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl back on New Year’s Day. The team has gained national recognition from those around the country and at this weekend’s NFL Pro Bowl, the Knights will be honored one more time.

The National Football League announced it will honor UCF after the first quarter of this weekend’s Pro Bowl, which will feature the league’s top players. The Knights dubbed themselves ‘National Champions’ of college football after completing what was the only undefeated season amongst all those who qualify to be apart of the College Football Playoff.

UCF was able to take its stake to claim after pulling off what some would label one of the biggest upsets in a major bowl game in recent memory. The Knights were able to upend a top 10 ranked Tigers team, whom was favored going into the Peach Bowl. The game itself was played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Despite the heavy odds and many analysts who decided the Knights were no match, UCF defeated Auburn and finished inside of the top 10 poll after the college football season concluded.

Since that time, former UCF coach Scott Frost has since left for Nebraska to take on the same position as lead man, with the school deciding to hire former Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel. Heupel will have a talented cast of players for this upcoming 2018 season, as he’ll return quarterback McKenzie Milton and a slew of others on offense. Milton recently was awarded with the prestigious Archie Griffin award, given to the country’s most valuable player for the entire season.

The NFL Pro Bowl will take place this Sunday at Camping World Stadium and kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN.

About The Author

Andy Villamarzo has covered high school and youth sports for the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune as a correspondent since 2008. He is a native of Holiday, FL, who graduated from Gulf High School and studied at St. Petersburg College. He has covered various prep, collegiate and professional athletes throughout his writing career, including Josh Johnson (Jacksonville Jaguars), Patrick Schuster (Arizona Diamondbacks) and currently writes for other publications like The Suncoast News, Friday Night Football Magazine and TopDrawerSoccer.com.

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