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SAN DIEGO (AP) - They might as well call it the Kellen Winslow Classic.

Twenty-two years after catching his last pass for the Chargers, Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow is bringing the Central State Marauders of Wilberforce, Ohio, to face the Stillman College Tigers of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in the San Diego Football Classic on Sept. 19.

Winslow, entering his second year as athletic director at Central State, is one of the big reasons the historically black schools are coming all the way to San Diego.

Winslow said he got a call a while back that the Tigers were looking for an opponent. "It just happened to be in San Diego, and of course the rest came with the fact that, oh, I used to play in San Diego," said Winslow, a star tight end for the Chargers from 1979-87.

"That was one of the things that we really felt good about, because obviously having a Hall of Fame, marquee name such as Kellen here brings credibility," promoter Dwayne McAfee said. "We thought that was important."

McAfee said he wouldn't be surprised if Central State makes a return trip or two.

That would be fine with Winslow, the Chargers' first-round draft pick in 1979 and the father of Tampa Bay tight end Kellen Winslow.

"If they want to sign a five-year contract with Central State to come back and play, I'd be more than happy to do that," he said. "I'm the guy they can talk to."

The game will be played at Devore Stadium at Southwestern College in suburban Chula Vista.

A previous series of games between historically black colleges, called the Gold Coast Classic, was played at Qualcomm Stadium from 1997-2004. Those games drew small crowds to the big stadium where Winslow played as a pro.

McAfee said playing at Devore Stadium, which has a capacity of about 14,000, makes more sense.

"We wanted an intimate stadium," he said. "I think that will allow us an opportunity to be successful. We don't have to measure our success by numbers. We don't have that overhead, which really would be overwhelming."

Winslow and the two coaches involved, Stillman's L.C. Cole and Central State's E.J. Junior, have an interesting history.

Winslow was only too happy to recall that his Missouri Tigers upset Cole's Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1978.

"They ended up playing Oklahoma again in the Orange Bowl, vs. playing Penn State for the national championship, so they've never forgiven us for that," Winslow said.

When it was his turn at the podium during a news conference, Winslow looked at Cole, who played defensive end, and said: "L.C., good to see you. Can I get my jersey back? They had tear-away jerseys back in that day. My jersey was all torn up."

Said Cole: "I think he beat us one time and it cost us the national championship."

Junior was a linebacker on the Alabama team that beat Penn State in the Sugar Bowl to win the national championship that season.

Earlier that season, Alabama beat Nebraska and Missouri, and Junior had big plays in both games.

"There's a lot of history tied up in the participants of this game," Junior said. "It's amazing how our paths crossed."

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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