Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

The East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame is home to some of the greatest names ever to play the game. Each year, past players are selected to join this elite club. Candidates must have played in the East-West Shrine Bowl and have accomplished something significant in their career.

2023 Hall of Fame

As a part of the festivities surrounding the 95th East-West Shrine Bowl, Nate Burleson was inducted into the East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame during the 2023 East-West Shrine Bowl at Allegiant Stadium.

Former Lions WR Nate Burleson inducted into the East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame

Nate Burleson

The East-West Shrine Bowl™, college football’s oldest all-star game, announced today that former NFL wide receiver and longtime Shriners Children’s ambassador Nate Burleson will be inducted into the East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame.

The East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame is home to some of the greatest names ever to play the game. Burleson will join the elite group the week of February 2, 2023, during NFL Pro Bowl Week and East-West Shrine Bowl festivities. The Canadian-born football star is an alumnus of the 2003 East-West Shrine Bowl.

Burleson was an all-star wide receiver for the Nevada Wolf Pack at University of Nevada, Reno. That year, he was drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Vikings, and went on to play 11 years in the NFL as a wide receiver with the Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.

“Nate was a unanimous choice of our East-West Shrine Bowl committee this year as he has been such a strong ambassador for our game and Shriners Children’s,” said Bob Roller, Director of National Sports Management, Shriners Children’s. “He has given back to the game following his outstanding professional career and has promoted and supported our cause on his national and international media platforms this past decade. We are thrilled to have Nate join us in Las Vegas and be enshrined in our Hall of Fame.”

Burleson currently holds the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and Nevada all-time records for single-game receptions with 19 catches. In 2002, Burleson made 138 receptions, the second highest in NCAA history.

During his time as a Viking, Burleson recorded more than 1,000 receiving yards and is the only player in NFL history to have three punt returns of 90 or more yards. In 2006, he signed with the Seattle Seahawks. In 2010, he signed a five-year contract with the Detroit Lions, where he received the “Good Guy Award” for his positive interactions with the Detroit media.

Burleson’s television career began in 2014 with the NFL Network after he retired from the NFL. Burleson currently serves as an NFL Network analyst on “Good Morning Football.” He is a co-host of “CBS Mornings,” a position he started in September 2021, joining Gayle King and Tony Dokoupil. Burleson is also an Emmy Award-winning studio analyst for the CBS Television Network’s NFL pre-game show, “The NFL Today,” and makes select appearances on Nickelodeon.

In a 2020 documentary for the NFL Network, Burleson shined a light on Frederick “Fritz” Pollard, the first African-American to play and coach professional football. From 2019 to 2021, he was an entertainment correspondent for the TV show “Extra.”

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Burleson resides in New Jersey with his wife, Atoya, and three children, Nathaniel, Nehemiah and Mia Pearl.

Hall of Fame Members

Year Name School Position
2023 Nate Burleson Nevada WR
2020 Will Shields University of Nebraska-Lincoln OG
2020 Dan Pastorini Santa Clara University QB
2019 Troy Vincent Sr. University of Wisconsin CB
2019 Barry Smith Florida State University WR
2018 Brett Favre University of Southern Mississippi QB
2018 Gary Huff Florida State University QB
2017 Robert Porcher III South Carolina State DL
2017 Mark Rypien Washington State QB
2016 Rickey Jackson University of Pittsburgh LB
2016 Chris Chandler University of Washington QB
2015 Tommie Frazier University of Nebraska QB
2015 Jim Hanifan University of California TE
2014 Tony Berti University of Colorado OT
2014 Steve Atwater University of Arkansas DB
2013 Buddy Curry University of NC LB
2013 Steve Bartkowski UC Berkeley QB
2012 Martín Gramática Kansas State K
2012 Joey Harrington University of Oregon QB
2011 Buck Belue University of Georgia DB
2011 Tom Flick University of Washington QB
2010 Larry Csonka Syracuse University B
2010 Kellen Winslow University of Missouri TE
2009 Jerry Kramer University of Idaho G
2009 Charles aylor Arizona State B
2009 Brad Van Pelt Michigan State S
2009 Doug Williams Grambling State QB
2008 Dave Butz Purdue DT
2008 Carl Eller University of Minnesota T
2008 Forrest Gregg Southern Methodist T
2008 E.J. Holub Texas Tech C
2008 Leonard Moore Penn State B
2008 Larry Wilson University of Utah B
2007 Joe DeLamielleure Michigan State OT
2007 Gale Sayers University of Kansas B
2007 Paul Warfield Ohio State B
2007 Randy White University of Maryland DT
2006 Raymond Berry Southern Methodist E
2006 Joe Greene University of North Texas DT
2006 Mike Haynes Arizona State DB
2006 Bob Lilly Texas Christian T
2005 Pat Tillman Arizona State OLB
2004 Chris Burford Stanford E
2004 Mike Garrett USC B
2004 Gino Marchetti University of San Francisco G
2004 Tom Matte Ohio State B
2004 Ed White UC Berkeley DT
2003 Hugh McElhenny University of Washington B
2003 Craig Morton UC Berkeley QB
2003 Merlin Olsen Utah State T
2003 Alan C. Page Notre Dame DE
2003 Leslie Richter UC Berkeley G
2003 Gene Washington Stanford HB
2002 Dick Butkus University of Illinois C
2002 Gerald Ford University of Michigan C
2002 Edward LeBaron University of the Pacific B
2002 Ollie Matson University of San Francisco B
2002 Volney Peters USC T
2002 Richard (Dick) Stanfel University of San Francisco G
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