What do you get when purpose and impact on community collide? You get the 92nd edition of the Shrine Game. Football players come from around the country seeking an opportunity to improve their stock in the up coming NFL Draft. But to do that they have to assist with improving the lives of Children. The purpose of the game is to raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals of America which impacts the lives of children born with deformities and other health issues regardless of a families ability to pay they just do it. For that reason, the stands should be overflowing. This years’ crowd twenty-two thousand.
Each year I leave emotionally attached this years story was a young man that survived a fire, not just any fire but one set by his father, it took the lives of both of his parents. The Shriners took care of the tab for his rehab. The words that come to mind are amazing, unbelievable, and miraculous but that’s who the Shriners Are. Their slogan should be “we are everything an insurance company refuses to be”. That’s not a knock on insurance companies they have a different purpose. However, they do provide a much-needed service in society “saving lives”.
This game the second oldest bowl game in America only behind the Rose Bowl. Inducted in the Shrine Game Hall of fame were Robert Porche former all-pro Defensive End for the Detroit Lions out of South Carolina State and Mark Rypkien Super Bowl winning QB of the Washington Redskins each are walking success stories of their participation in the Shrine Game. Other notables include Brett Farve, Rickey Jackson, and last years standout Javon Hargrave who is playing in the AFC Championship Game #79 Defensive Tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had the distinct pleasure of playing in both the Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl.
This year’s long shot might be the big shot out of the College of Charleston Erick Austell.
- 2016 Big South All-Conference First Team at Offensive Line
- 2016 AFCA FCS First Team All-American
- 2016 Associated Press FCS Second Team All-American
- 2016 STATS FCS Second Team All-American
- 2016 STATS FCS Preseason First Team All-American
- 2016 Big South Preseason All-Conference selection at Offensive Line
- Started 10 games and graded out at 91.4% in the 2016 season
- Led the Bucs with 84 knockdown blocks
- Integral part of the CSU offensive line that powered the nation’s sixth-best rushing attack
- CSU scored 30+ points six times in the 2016 season
- The Buccaneers tallied 500+ yards of offense in four games
The game wasn’t full of ooh’s and awes. It was well played both teams put their best feet forward, however, it was one of the lowest scoring shrine games in history with the West Team decked out in blue taking it 10-3. This game isn’t really about the score everybody wins. It’s for those second tier diamonds in the rough that guy who may be a perfect fit but played in smaller conference, therefore, the scouts are just unsure if he can hang with the big boys at Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State etc. So the all star game brings them together under one roof. There only one touchdown scored by Eli McGuire of the West team on an 18-yard blast late in the fourth quarter.
The only other exciting thing was a muffed punt when the ball exploded in the hands of Devon Smith.
This was the first postseason showcase for NFL scouts to get a look at prospects for April’s draft, though the final result left a lot to be desired.
NFL Network Analyst @Mikemayock was impressed with a few guys according to his tweeting.
.@MikeMayock‘s “made money” list for West team: CB Fabian Moreau WR Gabe Marks WR Billy Brown DE Deatrich Wise Jr.
Florida Atlantic defensive end Trey Hendrickson also put himself on the radar throughout the week and justified the hype Saturday.
FAU defensive end Trey Hendrickson has put on a show all week. If you focus on one player today, he’s the one. #shrinegame
He played well getting a sack and caused a fumble. His stats at FAU earned him an invite and he made the best of it 29.5 tackles for loss and 22.5 sacks.
“Torgersen looked the part and threw the ball with some zip. He’s clearly the most talented of the quarterbacks out here to me. Torgersen played a lower level of competition, but he has some size, some arm strength, some mobility. You can see he has some projectable talent,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein said.
Eli McGuire made the most of his opportunity at the East-West Shrine game.
McGuire, who rushed for 1,127 yards and seven TDs for Louisiana-Lafayette this season, scooted through a hole of the right side of the East defense to score the game’s only touchdown. Munson recovered a fumble by Michigan’s De’Veon Smith on third-and-2 from the West 5 to thwart an East scoring opportunity set up by a muffed punt.
Illinois’ Wes Lunt completed 11 of 14 passes for 101 yards and no interceptions while sharing quarterback duties for the West with Cincinnati’s Gunner Kiel and Western Michigan’s Zach Terrell,
Former NFL defensive lineman Brentson Buckner, now an assistant with the Arizona Cardinals, coached the East squad. His staff included ex-players and current NFL assistants Duce Staley, Bobby Engram, Curtis Fuller and Sam Mills. Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards led the West staff, which included DeShea Townsend, Larry Foote, and Hank Fraley
Air Force safety Weston Steelhammer won the Pat Tillman Award, presented annually since 2005 to a player who exemplifies leadership on and off the field. The 2016 recipient was Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.