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More than 90 East-West Shrine Game Players Headed to NFL Camps

The 90th East–West Shrine Game roster included over 90 players, either drafted or signed as free agents, headed to NFL training camps this summer. That’s a lot of talent playing in a game dedicated to supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children. Every year, the game gives players a chance to show pro scouts their skills, while bringing the community together in support of the kids and the hospitals.

“Once players get into a NFL camp they have a chance to compete for a job,” said Harold Richardson, East–West Shrine Game executive director. “It’s great to see them rewarded for their hard work! But, what really has us excited is the way the Tampa Bay community is coming together in support of the game and the hospitals. Combining great football with a great cause is what makes it more than just a game,” said Richardson.

Forty players from the 90th East–West Shrine Game were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. Twenty-three defensive players were drafted, including twelve linemen, six linebackers, and five defensive backs. The offensive saw seventeen players drafted, including seven lineman, four wide receivers, four tight ends and two running backs.

This year’s draft highlights included Jordan Richards, a second round draft pick by the New England Patriots who played strong safety for a dominant Stanford University football club. Also included are two of the eleven Louisville Cardinals to be selected in this year’s draft, offensive linemen John Miller and Jamon Brown. Both players were drafted in the third round, Miller by the Buffalo Bills and Brown by the St. Louis Rams. Also drafted in the third round was defensive corner Craig Mager from Texas State who is regarded as one of the best small-school players in the country and will soon complete for a final roster spot with his new team, the San Diego Chargers.

Over 90 players are headed to NFL training camps – all from a game dedicated to supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children. The only way you top that is by lining up and kicking off again next year. “We’re already hard at work planning for the 91st East-West Shrine Game. Our goal is to fill the stadium for the kids,” said Richardson. Kick-off will be at 4 p.m. EST, January 23, 2016, at Tropicana Field in sunny St. Petersburg, Fla. Game week activities begin January 17, including the players’ visit to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa, team practices, a silent auction, and the Players’/Hall of Fame Banquet.

About the East-West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Learn more at www.shrinegame.com.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.