MISSOULA -- For a fourth straight year a Grizzly will play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl.
Montana quarterback Brady Gustafson accepted an invitation to showcase his talents in the postseason all-star event, one of the premiere scouting opportunities for NFL-hopeful college athletes.
The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is scheduled to kick off on Jan. 21 at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles.
Gustafson, a 6-foot-7 passer out of Billings West, is following in the footsteps of a trio of recent Griz greats. Linebacker Brock Coyle, defensive end Zack Wagenmann and linebacker Jeremiah Kose played in the previous three games. Coyle now plays with the Seattle Seahawks; Wagenmann signed with the Arizona Cardinals after going undrafted in 2015; Kose is north of the border playing for the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks.
"I'm honored that they would select me to play in this game and that they believe in me enough to think I can play at the next level," Gustafson said in a press release. "I just want to go show what I can do. I look at it like a job interview and one of the many steps that could help me get a job at the next level."
The NFLPA announced Gustafson's acceptance Tuesday.
Gustafson finished his senior season at Montana with 2,785 passing yards and ranked sixth in the FCS at the end of the regular season with 309.4 yards per game across nine outings after missing a pair of games with an injury. He also threw 25 touchdowns against eight interceptions.
The QB finished his Griz career with 4,809 passing yards, 11th-most in program history, and 37 passing touchdowns, 12th-most.