Shreveport's college football bowl game has been going on for nearly 50 years. The game has welcomed NFL Hall of Fame players, college football blue-blood programs, #1 overall NFL Draft picks, and College Football Hall of Fame members. We're of course talking about the Independence Bowl.

Looking over the history of the Independence Bowl, you will see some of the biggest names in college and professional football history. Guys like Eli Manning, Bruce Smith, Willie Roaf, Von Miller, and AJ Green all played in the bowl, and certainly left their marks on the football world during their careers.

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But its not just the players, there have been some amazing coaches that have made their way through the Independence Bowl. Legendary coaches like Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban, Bob Stoops, David Cutcliffe, Lou Holtz, Mack Brown, Mike Gundy, George Welsh, and Frank Beamer all patrolled the Indy Bowl sidelines.

While we don't have a complete look at every Independence Bowl game, we went through hundreds of pictures of previous games to find these awesome pics...

Throwback Pics From The Independence Bowl

Take a look back at the action over the years at Shreveport's college bowl game

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