Jan. 7, 2011
Adam Grant, University of Arizona offensive tackle, has accepted an invitation to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game®. The Game will be held Jan. 22, 2011, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. EST.
Grant joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game, America's longest-running college all-star football game.
He also joins eight other Pac-10 players on the current East-West rosters including Zachary Williams of Washington State, Ryan Whalen of Stanford, Nate Williams of Washington, Mike Mohamed and Chris Conte of Cal, David Carter of UCLA and Alex Linnenkohl of Oregon State. Justin Taplin-Ross of Utah, a 2011 member of the Pac-10, also was selected.
UA defensive end Brooks Reed is reported to have accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl, although that has not officially been released by the bowl.
"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Harold Richardson. "With all 32 NFL teams represented by GMs, coaches and scouts during game week, our players have the terrific opportunity to showcase their talents and get their first glimpse of life in the NFL ... `Just Like on Sunday.'"
While the teams are divided by East and West, the players come together for the beneficiary of the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children®, an international pediatric specialty health care system.
"We hope our supporters all over the country will come out and enjoy this exciting game," said Douglas E. Maxwell, president and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Our health care system depends on the generosity of our supporters, and this game is one of our signature events benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children®."
Those who would like to support Grant and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following -- attend the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. EST, tune in to the NFL Network on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. EST to watch the live broadcast, or sign up as a volunteer online at www.shrinegame.com.
Grant was a 31-game starter for Arizona including two years at right tackle and his final year in 2010 on the left side. He was a six-year member of the UA program after a 2005 redshirt year as a tight end and injury-marred seasons in 2006-07, which made him a successful candidate for restoration of eligibility under medical hardship rules.
He earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2010 in helping the Wildcats establish school records with 5,712 yards in total offense and 4,000 yards in passing.
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.