HISTORY



A storied legacy. A thrilling event. A future without limits.

Players like Gale Sayers, Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre, Gino Marchetti, Walter Payton, Johnny Lujack, Roger Staubach, Dick Butkus, Alan Page and Bob Lilly.

Coaches like Don Shula, Jerry Glanville, June Jones, Dick Vermeil, Paul "Bear" Bryant and Steve Spurrier.

Some of football's greatest legends have played and coached for the East-West Shrine Game. Since 1925, the game has brought the nation's top college football players together from the East and West sides of the United States to compete in a thrilling all-star game played to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. Make no mistake, after 90 years of play the East-West Shrine Game has become a serious part of America's football tradition. This year, going into training camp, over 100 players from the 89th East-West Shrine Game signed with NFL teams. Any given season there are about 265 East-West alumni on NFL rosters. More than 70 alumni have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, having showcased their talents on the East-West gridiron before launching their professional careers.

The East-West Shrine Game has come a long way from its humble beginnings in San Francisco, originally a baseball game played between the local Shriners and Elks. These two fraternities had played a charity baseball game for years, with all of the proceeds donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children. The idea of expanding the game into a larger event blossomed and, in 1925, Capt. E.J. “Jack” Spaulding proposed that the Shriners host the first all-star football game in the nation. The best players from the East would compete against the top players in the West in an exciting and unusual match-up of great football talent. Noble Sam Goodman agreed and proposed that all proceeds from the game benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

An unparalleled football tradition was born. The very first East-West Shrine Game was played on December 26, 1925 at San Francisco’s Ewing Field before an audience of 25,000 fans - the largest crowd in the ballpark’s history. The game profited $25,000 which was donated to Shriners Hospital for Children – San Francisco.

January 17, 2015 marks the 90th game in this great tradition. This is your chance to see tomorrow’s legends in the making and support a very important cause. For ticket information, click here.