East–West Shrine Game
|East–West Shrine Game|
|Location||St. Petersburg, Florida|
Kezar Stadium (1925–1941, 1943–1968, 1971–1973)|
Stanford Stadium (1969, 1974–2000)
Tulane Stadium (1942)
Oakland Coliseum (1970)
AT&T Park (2001–2005)
Reliant Stadium (2007)
Robertson Stadium (2008–2009)
Orlando Citrus Bowl (2010–2011)
San Francisco, California (1925–1941, 1943–1968, 1971–1973, 2001–2005)|
New Orleans, Louisiana (1942)
Stanford, California (1969, 1974–2000)
Oakland, California (1971)
San Antonio, Texas (2006)
Houston, Texas (2007–2009)
Orlando, Florida (2010–2011)
|East vs. West (West 10–3)|
|East vs. West (West 14–10)|
The East–West Shrine Game is a postseason college football all-star game that has been played annually since 1925. The game is sponsored by the fraternal group Shriners International, and the net proceeds are earmarked to some of the Shrine's charitable works, most notably the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game's slogan is "Strong Legs Run That Weak Legs May Walk".
Teams consist of players from colleges in the Eastern United States vs. the Western United States. Players must be college seniors who are eligible to play for their school. The game and the practice sessions leading up to it attract dozens of scouts from professional teams. Since 1985, Canadian players playing in Canadian university football have also been invited (even though the CIS and NCAA play by different football codes). As such, this is the only bowl or all-star game in either the Canadian or American college football schedules to include players from both Canadian and American universities.
Since 1979, the game has been played in January, and has been played on January 10 or later since 1986. The later game dates allow players from teams whose schools were involved in bowl games to participate, which is important, as these teams often have some of the very best players.
For most of its history, the game was played in the San Francisco Bay Area, usually at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium or Stanford Stadium at Stanford University, with Pacific Bell Park/SBC Park (now AT&T Park) as a host in its final years in Northern California. For more than half of the games played in the Bay Area, entertainment was provided by the marching band from Santa Cruz High School.
In January 1942, the game was played in New Orleans, due to the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This one-year relocation was based upon fears that playing the game on the west coast could make the contest and the stadium a potential target for an additional attack. The game, originally planned for January 1 in San Francisco, was played on January 3 at Tulane Stadium, two days after the 1942 Sugar Bowl was held there.
In 2006, the game moved to Texas, leaving the San Francisco Bay area for the first time since 1942, and was played at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The growth of cable television meant NFL scouts could now view players around the country, making postseason all-star games less important. Even so, the Shrine Game's organizers relaxed efforts towards attracting top players to the game, meaning many of college football's best players went to the Senior Bowl, instead. In 2007, the game relocated to Houston and was played at Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans, to be closer to one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children; Texas has two Shriner's hospitals, one in Houston and the other in Galveston. The 2008 and 2009 games were held at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston.
In 2010, the game moved to Florida, and was held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Television coverage moved from ESPN/ESPN2 to the NFL Network, starting with the 2011 game. After two years in Orlando, the 2012 game was held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg; it was the sixth different venue (in five cities and three states) in a span of eight contests.
Starting with the January 2017 game, the NFL now supplies coaching staffs for the game, drawing from assistant coaches of teams who did not advance to the NFL postseason, and the game is now officiated by NFL officials.
- For the December 1925 game, NCAA records list a 7–0 final score, while contemporary newspaper accounts report 6–0.
The Shrine Game first named a Most Valuable Player for the January 1945 game (Bob Waterfield, UCLA quarterback), and named a single MVP through the December 1952 game. Starting with the January 1954 game, two MVPs are selected for each game; they receive the William H. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player, and the E. Jack Spaulding Award for Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Coffman was managing director of the game for 40 years, while Spaulding was one of the organizers of the first East–West Shrine Game. MVPs starting with the January 2000 game are listed below; a complete list is provided on the official website.
|Year||Offensive MVP||College||Position||Defensive MVP||College||Position|
|2000||Marcus Knight||Michigan||WR||Erik Flowers||Arizona State||DE|
|2001||Steve Smith||Utah||WR||Leo Barnes||Southern Mississippi||DB|
|2002||Deonce Whitaker||San Jose State||RB||Everick Rawls||Texas||LB|
|2003||Donald Lee||Mississippi State||TE||Tully Banta-Cain||Cal||DE|
|2004||Ryan Dinwiddie||Boise State||QB||Brandon Chillar||UCLA||LB|
|2005||Stefan LeFors||Louisville||QB||Alex Green||Duke||S|
|2006||Reggie McNeal||Texas A&M||QB||James Wyche||Syracuse||DE|
|2007||Jeff Rowe||Nevada||QB||Dan Bazuin||Central Michigan||DE|
|2008||Josh Johnson||San Diego||QB||Spencer Larsen||Arizona||LB|
|2009||Marlon Lucky||Nebraska||RB||Michael Tauiliili||Duke||LB|
|2010||Mike Kafka||Northwestern||QB||O'Brien Schofield||Wisconsin||DE|
|2011||Delone Carter||Syracuse||RB||Martin Parker||Richmond||DT|
|2012||Lennon Creer||Louisiana Tech||RB||Nick Sukay||Penn State||CB|
|2013||Chad Bumphis||Mississippi State||WR||Nigel Malone||Kansas State||CB|
|2014||Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois||QB||Ethan Westbrooks||West Texas A&M||DE|
|2015||Marvin Kloss||South Florida||K||Za'Darius Smith||Kentucky||DE|
|2016||Vernon Adams||Oregon||QB||Michael Caputo||Wisconsin||S|
|2017||Elijah McGuire||Louisiana–Lafayette||RB||Trey Hendrickson||Florida Atlantic||DE|
|2018||Daurice Fountain||Northern Iowa||WR||Natrell Jamerson||Wisconsin||S|
Although the Shrine Game is an American football competition, players of Canadian university football, contested under Canadian football rules, have been invited every year since 1985, when Calgary Dinos offensive lineman Tom Spoletini played. Usually, Canadian players on the West team come from Canada West schools, while Canadian players on the East team are from the other three Canadian conferences (Ontario University Athletics, Atlantic University Sport, and Quebec Student Sport Federation). One exception was Sean McEwen of the Calgary Dinos (a Canada West school), who played on the East squad in the 2016 game.
The only Canadian team that competes under American football rules is the Simon Fraser Clan, which was in the NAIA from 1965 to 2001, then spent several seasons in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, and joined NCAA Division II in 2010. To date, the only Simon Fraser player to be invited to the Shrine Game is Ibrahim Khan, who played in 2004. Through the 2018 game, the Calgary Dinos have had the most invitees, with 12.
Hall of fame
A hall of fame was established in 2002, with additional former players being added each year. Through 2018 inductees, there are currently 57 members of the hall of fame.
Inductees range from having played in game 10 (January 1935) to game 77 (January 2002). Game 48 (December 1972) has had the most players honored, four.
Pat Tillman Award
Game organizers initiated a Pat Tillman Award in 2005, the year that Tillman was posthumously inducted to the game's hall of fame, to recognize "a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service".
|2007||Kyle Shotwell||LB||Cal Poly|
|2008||Justin Tryon||DB||Arizona State|
|2010||Mike McLaughlin||LB||Boston College|
|2017||Weston Steelhammer||S||Air Force|
|2018||J. T. Barrett||QB||Ohio State|
Head coaches who played in the game
There have been several Shrine Game head coaches who previously played in the game.
|Person||As player||As coach|
|Jim Walden||1960||Wyoming||1985||Washington State|
|Joe Tiller||1963||Montana State||2005||Purdue|
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