Team Selection

Team Selection

Over 90 Years of Greatness

An invitation to take part in the annual East-West Shrine Bowl is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best senior collegiate football all-stars in the country to showcase their talents in front of top representatives of NFL teams. A strong performance in the game greatly impacts a player’s chances of a career in the NFL. Many of professional football’s most recognized and decorated players, including Tom Brady, Darren Waller and John Elway, played in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

  • More than 100 players from last year’s game signed with professional teams this spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters last season.
  • On average, more than 300 East-West Shrine Bowl alumni are on NFL rosters each year.
  • Since the game’s inception, 78 former players have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • More than 200 former players have been named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Players are selected based on their potential to make NFL rosters. A consensus of the 32 NFL teams is taken into consideration during player selection. The general divide used to assign players to the East or West team is the Mississippi River. However, exceptions are made to ensure that the best players are selected for the game, regardless of the location of their school. Players must be college seniors and currently eligible to play for their school. All divisions are considered.

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