TAMPA, Fla. – Defensive tackle Deandre Coleman has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game® on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will kick off at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and be televised live by the NFL Network with a live audio broadcast available on the East-West Shrine Game Radio Network.
Coleman joins an elite list of football greats including 62 Pro Football Hall of Famers and 52 players currently active on NFL rosters that have played in the East-West Shrine Game.
“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.”
The beneficiary of the event is the 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 Hospital for Children.”
The East-West Shrine Game tickets are on sale now through all Ticketmaster outlets. Fans can also purchase tickets for the game by visiting shrinegame.com or ticketmaster.com. All game tickets are $15 general admission tickets plus services fees.
The invitation is the second accepted by Coleman to play in a post-season collegiate all-star game following his 2013 senior campaign at Cal. He is also expected to play in the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, Jan. 25 (3 p.m. CT/1 p.m. PT.). NFL Network will also televise the Senior Bowl as well as provide television coverage of all practices leading up to the contest beginning Monday, Jan. 20.
91 – Deandre Coleman, DL, 6-5, 315, Sr. (Seattle, WA/Garfield HS)
Coleman was a third-team All-Pac-12 selection of Phil Steele and an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice by the league’s coaches as one of three Cal players to start all 12 games in 2013. He led the Golden Bears in tackles for loss (career-high 9.0) and tackle for loss yardage (-27 yards), while ranking third in sacks (2.5, -4 yards) and first among defensive linemen in tackles (40), while adding one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
Coleman played in all 49 games possible with 25 starts during his collegiate career at Cal over the past four seasons (2010-13) after redshirting as a true freshman in 2009. He finished his career with 125 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss (-89 yards), 7.5 sacks (-39 yards), three pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and four quarterback hurries.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 hospitals in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit shrinershospitalforchildren.org.