Jan. 6, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford wide receiver Ryan Whalen has accepted an invitation to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game, to be held on January 22, 2011 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Kick off is set for 4:00 p.m. EST and the game will be televised on the NFL Network.
Dan Reeves and Wade Phillips will serve as head coaches in the longest running college all-star football game in the country.
Whalen, an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection this season, finished his senior campaign with 41 receptions for 439 yards and two touchdowns to rank as Stanford's second leading receiver. A three-year starter, the Alamo, Calif. native finished his collegiate career with 140 receptions for 1,184 yards and seven touchdowns.
The East-West Shrine Game featured some of the top senior players from schools around the country. Since its inception on December 26, 1925, alumni from the East-West Shrine Game have gone on to become Pro Football Hall of Famers, including John Elway, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Kellen Winslow and Larry Csonka. There are 246 East-West Shrine Game alumni currently on NFL rosters and 195 alumni who as in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Stanford has enjoyed a long association with the East-West Shrine Game. A total of 146 Stanford players have been selected or have participated in the East-West Shrine Game since 1925, including Frankie Albert, John Brodie, Gene Washington, Gordy Ceresino, Elway, Brad Muster, Ed McCaffrey, Steve Strenstrom and Todd Husak, to name a few.
The game was held at various venues in the San Francisco Bay Area starting in 1925 before moving to Houston in 2007. Stanford Stadium hosted the East-West Game from 1976 to 2000 before it moved to AT&T Park in San Francisco.
"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®."
About Shriners Hospitals for Children®
Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay. For more information, please visit www.shrinershospitals.org.