2021 East-West Shrine Bowl Virtual Panel

2021 East-West Shrine Bowl Virtual Panel

The 96th Annual East-West Shrine Bowl is known for providing student-athletes with the opportunity to train and grow on and off the field through its century-long commitment to supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children’s life-changing mission.

While this year’s game, which had been scheduled for January 23, 2021, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, was not able to happen in person due to the pandemic, the East-West Shrine Bowl team was able to pivot and ensure all student-athletes still had a meaningful experience virtually. Student-athletes had various virtual training and informational drills with current NFL coaches and members of the NFL Operations staff in addition to virtual experiences with Shriners Hospitals for Children patients.

“We were extremely pleased with the virtual East-West Shrine Bowl webinars that we held with the NFL,” said Director of National Sports Management Bob Roller. “More than 100 of our selected players participated over the two days and were able to hear real-world advice from NFL Legends and current players. One of our panelists, Shaq Barrett of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was generous with his time in one seminar during the same week he was preparing for the NFC Championship Game. Shriners Hospitals for Children is very grateful to all who gave of their time to support our efforts. As always, players also learned more about Shriners Hospitals for Children and how, by supporting organizations like ours, they can impact the world outside of sports.”

In addition to the panels for college players, 29 coaches selected by NFL general managers were able to listen and ask questions of Marvin Lewis, Jim Caldwell and Scott Pioli on ways to continue to advance their NFL careers.

The most recent East-West Shrine Bowl, played in January of 2020, boasted more than 100 members of its roster on NFL rosters this fall. The nation’s oldest college football all-star game, the East-West Shrine Bowl dates back to its original contest in 1925. The game benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children and its mission to provide excellent care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Thousands of East-West Shrine Bowl players have gone to the NFL in the past century, including 78 who went on to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Some of the many college all-stars who played in past games include Tom Brady, Gale Sayers, John Elway, Lawrence Taylor, Pat Tillman, Brett Favre, Dick Butkus, Mike Ditka, Frank Gifford and Roger Staubach.


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