WWE Global Ambassador Titus O’Neil, who played college football at the University of Florida and has a rooting interest in both teams participating in this year’s Military Bowl presented by Peraton, benefiting the USO, has been named the Grand Marshal of the Military Bowl Parade.
The 2022 Military Bowl matches Duke against UCF on Wednesday, December 28 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Tickets are on sale now at militarybowl.org/tickets. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on ESPN.
Military Bowl pregame activities begin at 10 a.m. with the Military Bowl Official Tailgate at the stadium as well as the Military Bowl Parade, which begins at City Dock and proceeds through historic downtown to the stadium. The parade features both schools’ marching bands and spirit squads, Medal of Honor Recipients, pageant winners, military and community groups and youth football teams, among others.
O’Neil, who was a member of the Florida Gators team from 1996 to 2000, participated in four bowl games as a player. His son, TJ Bullard, and nephew, Xavier Townsend, play for UCF; nephew Travis Bates plays for Duke. O’Neil is an avid supporter of the military and has participated in a variety of events benefiting service members.
“WWE has a longstanding commitment to supporting our great men and women in the military in every way we can,” O’Neil said. “For me to have the opportunity to support the Military Bowl as the Grand Marshal this year is truly humbling. The fact that members of my family will represent both UCF and Duke as players is icing on the cake of gratitude. It’s going to be an amazing week.”
“We are thrilled that Titus will join us at this year’s Military Bowl and serve as the Military Bowl Parade Grand Marshal,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “The Parade is one of the highlights of the day, bringing so many fans to historic downtown Annapolis and setting the tone for an awesome gameday.”
Proceeds from the Bowl benefit the USO and Patriot Point, the Military Bowl Foundation’s retreat for wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers.