East–West Shrine Game

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East–West Shrine Game
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Stadium Tropicana Field
Location St. Petersburg, Florida
Previous stadiums Kezar Stadium (1925–1941, 1943–1968, 1971–1973)
Stanford Stadium (1969, 1974–2000)
Tulane Stadium (1942)
Oakland Coliseum (1970)
AT&T Park (2001–2005)
Alamodome (2006)
Reliant Stadium (2007, 2009)
Robertson Stadium (2008)
Orlando Citrus Bowl (2010–2011)
Previous locations 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)
Operated 1925–present
Sponsors
Shriners (1925–present)
2017 matchup
East vs. West (West 10–3)
2018 matchup
East vs. West (January 20, 2018)

The East–West Shrine Game is an annual postseason college football all-star game played each January 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".

The game matches teams of players who attended college in the Eastern United States against those schooled in the Western United States. 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.

In recent decades, the game has been played in mid-January so players from teams whose schools were involved in bowl games can participate, which is important, as these teams often have some of the very best players.

History[edit]

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 AT&T Park as a host in its final years in Northern California.

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.

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 game was held at Robertson Stadium on the campus of the University of Houston, due to the lack of available dates at Reliant Stadium.

In 2010, the game moved to Florida, and was held at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. After two years there, 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.

A similar game, the North–South Shrine Game, was played in Miami from 1948 to 1973, and a final time in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1976.

Game results[edit]

Through the 2017 playing of the game, the West currently leads all-time with 49 wins to the East's 38 wins, while five games have tied.[1]

No. Date Winner Score Location Notes
1  December 26, 1925  West 7–0 San Francisco
2 January 1, 1927 West 7–3   San Francisco  
3 December 26, 1927 West 16–6 San Francisco
4 December 29, 1928 East 20–0 San Francisco
5 January 1, 1930 East 19–7 San Francisco
6 December 27, 1930 West 3–0 San Francisco
7 January 1, 1932 East 6–0 San Francisco
8 January 2, 1933 West 21–13 San Francisco
9 January 1, 1934 West 12–0 San Francisco
10 January 1, 1935 West 19–13 San Francisco
11 January 1, 1936 East 19–3 San Francisco
12 January 1, 1937 East 3–0 San Francisco
13 January 1, 1938 Tie 0–0 San Francisco
14 January 2, 1939 West 14–0 San Francisco
15 January 1, 1940 West 28–11 San Francisco
16 January 1, 1941 West 20–14 San Francisco
17 January 3, 1942 Tie 6–6 New Orleans
18 January 1, 1943 East 13–12 San Francisco
19 January 1, 1944 Tie 13–13 San Francisco
20 January 1, 1945 West 13–7 San Francisco
21 January 1, 1946 Tie 7–7 San Francisco
22 January 1, 1947 West 13–9 San Francisco
23 January 1, 1948 East 40–9 San Francisco
24 January 1, 1949 East 14–12 San Francisco
25 December 31, 1949 East 28–6 San Francisco
26 December 30, 1950 West 16–7 San Francisco
27 December 29, 1951 East 15–14 San Francisco
28 December 27, 1952 East 21–20 San Francisco
29 January 2, 1954 West 31–7 San Francisco
30 January 1, 1955 East 13–12 San Francisco
31 December 31, 1955 East 29–6 San Francisco
32 December 29, 1956 West 7–6 San Francisco
33 December 28, 1957 West 27–13 San Francisco
34 December 27, 1958 East 26–14 San Francisco
35 January 2, 1960 West 21–14 San Francisco
36 December 31, 1960 East 7–0 San Francisco
37 December 30, 1961 West 21–8 San Francisco
38 December 29, 1962 East 25–19 San Francisco
39 December 28, 1963 Tie 6–6 San Francisco
40 January 2, 1965 West 11–7 San Francisco
41 December 31, 1965 West 22–7 San Francisco
42 December 31, 1966 East 45–22 San Francisco
43 December 30, 1967 East 16–14 San Francisco
44 December 28, 1968 West 18–7 San Francisco
45 December 27, 1969 West 15–0 Stanford, California
46 January 2, 1971 West 17–13 Oakland, California
 
No. Date Winner Score Location Notes
47 December 31, 1971 West 17–13 San Francisco
48 December 30, 1972 East 9–3 San Francisco
49 December 29, 1973 East 35–7 San Francisco
50 December 28, 1974 East 16–14 Stanford, California
51 January 3, 1976 West 21–14 Stanford, California
52 January 2, 1977 West 30–14 Stanford, California
53 December 31, 1977 West 23–3 Stanford, California
54 January 6, 1979 East 56–17 Stanford, California
55 January 5, 1980 West 20–10 Stanford, California
56 January 10, 1981 East 21–3 Stanford, California
57 January 9, 1982 West 20–13 Stanford, California
58 January 15, 1983 East 26–25 Stanford, California
59 January 7, 1984 East 27–19 Stanford, California
60 January 5, 1985 West 21–10 Stanford, California
61 January 11, 1986 East 18–7 Stanford, California
62 January 10, 1987 West 24–21 Stanford, California
63 January 16, 1988 West 16–13 Stanford, California
64 January 15, 1989 East 24–6 Stanford, California
65 January 21, 1990 West 22–21 Stanford, California
66 January 26, 1991 West 24–21 Stanford, California
67 January 19, 1992 West 14–6 Stanford, California
68 January 24, 1993 East 31–17 Stanford, California
69 January 15, 1994 West 29–28 Stanford, California
70 January 14, 1995 West 30–28 Stanford, California
71 January 13, 1996 West 34–18 Stanford, California
72 January 11, 1997 East 17–13 Stanford, California
73 January 10, 1998 West 24–7 Stanford, California
74 January 16, 1999 East 20–10 Stanford, California
75 January 15, 2000 East 35–21 Stanford, California
76 January 13, 2001 West 20–10 San Francisco
77 January 12, 2002 West 21–13 San Francisco
78 January 11, 2003 East 20–17 San Francisco
79 January 10, 2004 West 28–7 San Francisco
80 January 15, 2005 East 45–27 San Francisco
81 January 21, 2006 West 35–31 San Antonio
82 January 20, 2007 West 21–3 Houston
83 January 19, 2008 West 31–13 Houston
84 January 17, 2009 East 24–19 Houston
85 January 23, 2010 East 13–10 Orlando, Florida notes
86 January 22, 2011 East 25–8 Orlando, Florida notes
87 January 21, 2012 West 24–17 St. Petersburg, Florida notes
88 January 19, 2013 West 28–13 St. Petersburg, Florida notes
89 January 18, 2014 East 23–13 St. Petersburg, Florida notes
90 January 17, 2015 East 19–3 St. Petersburg, Florida notes
91 January 23, 2016 West 29–9 St. Petersburg, Florida notes
92 January 21, 2017 West 10–3 St. Petersburg, Florida notes
93 January 20, 2018 TBA St.Petersburg, Florida notes

Canadian invitees[edit]

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 2017 game, the Calgary Dinos have had the most invitees, with 12.

Canadian invitees to the East–West Shrine Game 
Year West Invitees East Invitees
1985 Tom Spoletini (OL, Calgary Dinos) (none)
1986 Kent Warnock (DE, Calgary Dinos) Mike Schad (OT, Queen's Golden Gaels)
1987 Leo Groenewegen (OT, UBC Thunderbirds) Louie Godry (OL, Guelph Gryphons)
1988 Craig Watson (OL, Calgary Dinos) Pierre Vercheval (OL, Western Ontario Mustangs)
1989 Brent Korte (DE, Alberta Golden Bears) Leroy Blugh (LB, Bishop's Gaiters)
1990 Mark Singer (LB, Alberta Golden Bears) Chris Gioskos (OL, Ottawa Gee-Gees)
1991 Mike Pavelec (OL, Calgary Dinos) Paul Vajda (OL, Concordia Stingers)
1992 Jason Rauhaus (DE, Manitoba Bisons) Chris Morris (OL, Toronto Varsity Blues)
1993 Chris Konrad (DE, Calgary Dinos) Mike O'Shea (LB, Guelph Gryphons)
1994 Travis Serke (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies) Val St. Germain (OG, McGill Redmen)
1995 Rohn Meyer (OG, Calgary Dinos) Matthieu Quiviger (OT, McGill Redmen)
1996 Don Blair (WR, Calgary Dinos) Harry Van Hofwegen (DT, Carleton Ravens)
1997 Ben Fairbrother (OL, Calgary Dinos) Mark Farraway (DL, St. Francis Xavier X-Men)
1998 Bob Beveridge (OL, UBC Thunderbirds) Dave Miller-Johnston (P/K, Concordia Stingers)
1999 Scott Flory (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies) Cameron Legault (DT, Carleton Ravens)
2000 Kevin Lefsrud (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies) Kojo Millington (DE, Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks)
2001 Carlo Panaro (OL, Alberta Golden Bears) Randy Chevrier (DL, McGill Redmen)
2002 Jason Clermont (IR, Regina Rams) Kojo Aidoo (RB, McMaster Marauders)
2003 Israel Idonije (DT, Manitoba Bisons) Adam MacDonald (LB, St. Francis Xavier X-Men)
2004 Ibrahim Khan (OL, Simon Fraser Clan) Carl Gourgues (OL, Laval Rouge-et-Or)
2005 Nick Johansson (DT, UBC Thunderbirds) Jesse Lumsden (RB, McMaster Marauders)
2006 Daniel Federkeil (DE, Calgary Dinos) Andy Fantuz (WR, Western Ontario Mustangs)
2007 Jordan Rempel (OL, Saskatchewan Huskies) Chris Best (OL, Waterloo Warriors)
2008 Dylan Barker (S, Saskatchewan Huskies)
Brendon LaBatte (OG, Regina Rams)
Samuel Giguère (WR, Sherbrooke Vert-et-Or)
Eric Maranda (LB, Laval Rouge-et-Or)
2009 Simeon Rottier (OT, Alberta Golden Bears) Etienne Légaré (DT, Laval Rouge-et-Or)
2010 Jordan Sisco (WR/SB, Regina Rams) Matt Morencie (C, Windsor Lancers)
2011 Anthony Parker (SB, Calgary Dinos) Matt O'Donnell (OT, Queen's Golden Gaels)
2012 Ben Heenan (OT, Saskatchewan Huskies)
Akiem Hicks (DE, Regina Rams)
Arnaud Gascon-Nadon (DE, Laval Rouge et Or)
2013 Kirby Fabien (OL, Calgary Dinos) Matt Sewell (OT, McMaster Marauders)
2014 Evan Gill (DL, Manitoba Bisons) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (OT, McGill Redmen)
2015 Addison Richards (WR, Regina Rams) Daryl Waud (DL, Western Ontario Mustangs)
2016 David Onyemata (DE, Manitoba Bisons) Sean McEwen, (OL, Calgary Dinos)
Charles Vaillancourt (OL, Laval Rouge et Or)
2017 Geoff Gray (OG, Manitoba Bisons) Antony Auclair (TE, Laval Rouge et Or)

Hall of fame[edit]

A hall of fame was established in 2002, with additional former players being added each year.[2] Through 2017 inductees, there are currently 54 members of the hall of fame.

Year Qty Inductees (Game no. played in)
2002 6 Dick Butkus (40), Gerald Ford (10), Eddie LeBaron (25), Ollie Matson (27), Volney Peters (26), Dick Stanfel (26)
2003 6 Hugh McElhenny (28), Craig Morton (40), Merlin Olsen (37), Alan Page (42), Leslie Richter (27), Gene Washington (44)
2004 5 Chris Burford (35), Mike Garrett (41), Gino Marchetti (27), Tom Matte (36), Ed White (44)
2005 1 Pat Tillman (73)
2006 4 Raymond Berry (30), Joe Greene (44), Mike Haynes (51), Bob Lilly (36)
2007 4 Joe DeLamielleure (48), Gale Sayers (40), Paul Warfield (39), Randy White (50)
2008 6 Dave Butz (48), Carl Eller (39), Forrest Gregg (31), E.J. Holub (36), Lenny Moore (31), Larry Wilson (35)
2009 4 Jerry Kramer (33), Charley Taylor (39), Brad Van Pelt (48), Doug Williams (53)
2010 4 Larry Csonka (43), James Groh (21), Jim Walden (35), Kellen Winslow (54)
2011 2 Buck Belue (57), Tom Flick (56)
2012 2 Martín Gramática (74), Joey Harrington (77)
2013 2 Buddy Curry (55), Steve Bartkowski (50)
2014 2 Tony Berti (70), Steve Atwater (64)
2015 2 Tommie Frazier (71), Jim Hanifan (30)
2016 2 Rickey Jackson (56), Chris Chandler (63)[3]
2017 2 Robert Porcher (67), Mark Rypien (61)[4]

Inductees range from having played in game 10 (January 1935) to game 77 (January 2002). Seven different games have had three players honored; game 27 (December 1951), game 35 (January 1960), game 36 (December 1960), game 39 (December 1963), game 40 (January 1965), game 44 (December 1968), and game 48 (December 1972).

Pat Tillman Award[edit]

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".[5]

Year Player Pos. College
2005 Morgan Scalley S Utah
2006 Charlie Peprah S Alabama
2007 Kyle Shotwell LB Cal Poly
2008 Justin Tryon DB Arizona State
2009 Collin Mooney FB Army
2010 Mike McLaughlin LB Boston College
2011 Josh McNary LB Army
2012 Tauren Poole RB Tennessee
2013 Keith Pough LB Howard
2014 Gabe Ikard C Oklahoma
2015 Jake Ryan LB Michigan
2016 Keenan Reynolds QB Navy
2017 Weston Steelhammer S Air Force

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East-West Shrine Classic Games". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  2. ^ "HALL OF FAME". shrinegame.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ "East–West Shrine Game to Induct Rickey Jackson and Chris Chandler into Hall of Fame". prweb.com. January 20, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ "2017 INDUCTEES". shrinegame.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ "PAT TILLMAN AWARD". shrinegame.com. 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 

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