Nov. 10, 2009
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin senior defensive end O’Brien Schofield has accepted an invitation to play in the 85th East-West Shrine Game. The Game will be held Jan. 23, 2010, in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 2 p.m. (CT).
Schofield joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers that has played in the East-West Shrine Game, America’s longest-running college all-star football game.
“The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football’s best,” said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. “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.’”
A semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the best defensive player in the country, Schofield is currently second in the NCAA with 18.5 tackles for loss and is tied for second in the Big Ten with 7.5 sacks. On the season, he has 44 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass defended.
The participation of Schofield marks the seventh year in a row that the University of Wisconsin will be represented at the event. Andy Kemp, DeAndre Levy and Matt Shaughnessy were all selected last season.
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 – all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
Those who would like to support Schofield and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:
o Attend the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. (CT)
o Tune in to ESPN2 on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. (CT) to watch the live broadcast
o Join the free East-West Shrine Game Fan Club online at www.shrinegame.com for player and coach updates, Game news, discounts and more
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.