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The East-West Shrine Game: Gateway to the NFL

If there is one place NFL coaches and scouts can find new talent to fill their rosters, it is the East-West Shrine Game®.

The players from the 2011 East-West Shrine Game class are proving to be one of the more talented classes in recent years. Of those 100 players, 52 are on NFL rosters and 18 are on practice squads. This means that an astounding 80 percent of the players from the 2011 game have moved on to the NFL.

East-West Shrine Game Director Harold Richardson draws from his 25 years of coaching experience in the NFL and college level to attract top players, NFL scouts and coaches to the annual game.

 “The East-West Shrine Game is making a statement – that  we are and will continue to be one of the premier places to find NFL talent,” said Richardson. “The success of these players is also a testament to their character and how hard they have worked to achieve careers in the NFL.”

Here are some of the 2011 East-West Shrine Game alumni who are making an impact this NFL season:

  • Dan Bailey, a kicker out of Oklahoma State University, went undrafted in the NFL draft. He was later signed by the Dallas Cowboys and has become one of the top kickers in the league.
  • Bruce Miller, a defensive end out of the University of Central Florida, was a long-shot to make the San Francisco 49ers after being drafted in the seventh round. Early in training camp he showed his versatility and they converted him to a fullback. After only a few months, Miller is the starting fullback for one of the best teams in the NFL.
  • Delone Carter, a running back out of Syracuse University, was the offensive MVP of last year’s game. He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round and has become their leading rusher.
  • Will Rackley, an offensive lineman, out of Lehigh University, was not expected to get much playing time after being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round. In training camp, Rackley won  the starting left guard position over veteran Jason Spitz. Rackley has started every game this season and helped contribute to one of the best NFL running teams. 

When the 2012 East-West Shrine Game comes to Tropicana Field on Saturday, January 21,  it will be an exciting opportunity to see the future of the NFL. To purchase tickets and find out more about the longest running college all-star football game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.

About the East-West Shrine Game
The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running college all-star football game in the country and features some of the highest-rated players in the projected NFL draft ranking. While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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. The 22 hospitals 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.

For more information, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org or www.shrinegame.com.