Jan. 11, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Former Cal punter Bryan Anger has accepted an invitation to play in the 87th East-West Shrine Game®. The game will be held Jan. 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off at 4 p.m. EST and televised live on the NFL Network.
"It is an honor to be recognized as one of the nation's premier punters," Anger said. "I'm looking forward to showcasing my skills at the East-West Shrine Game."
Anger is the second player in Cal history to earn first-team all-conference honors for three consecutive seasons (2009-11) and was named the College Football Performance Awards' Elite Punter Trophy for his combined performance during the 2010 and '11 campaigns. Anger played in all 51 games possible as Cal's starting punter over the last four seasons, posting an average of 43.5 yards per punt that ranks second all-time at the school behind Scott Tabor's 44.0 (1986-87). Anger was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist in both 2008 and '10, and on the watch list for the prestigious honor for each of his four collegiate campaigns.
Anger broke a 23-year-old single-season school record previously held by Tabor with the 45.6 yards per punt average he posted as a junior in 2010. He boasts three of the top six seasons ever by a punter in Cal history, adding averages of 44.2 and 43.1 yards per punt in 2011 and 2008 that rank fifth and sixth. He has also been credited with four of the 12 longest punts in school history, including a career-long punt of 76 yards at Stanford in 2008 that ranks fourth all-time at Cal and a 75-yarder in the same contest that is tied for fifth.
As a senior in 2011, Anger's average of 44.2 yards per punt ranks as the fifth-best in school history, as well as the third-best in the Pac-12 and No. 13 nationally for the season. He was honored with the College Football Performance Awards Elite Punter Trophy last December for his combined performance during the 2010 and '11 seasons. He was named a National Punter Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his showing at UCLA, when he averaged 49.6 yards overall and a career-high 49.0 yards net on five punts.
Anger joins an elite list of football greats, such as John Elway, Tom Brady, Brett Favre, and 62 NFL Hall of Famers, who have played in the East-West Shrine Game along with 52 players currently on active NFL rosters.
"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."
All game tickets are $15 for general admission seating (price does not include service fees).