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TABLE OF CONTENTS
95TH EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL
PUBLICATION CREDITS COVER ART Urszula Gorzkowski PROGRAM DESIGN Dustin Johnson WRITERS Victoria Beck, Kate Brassfield, Aliyah Smith
Message from the Imperial Potentate of Shriners International Message from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Shriners Hospitals for Children ®
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Shriners International Imperial Divan
Shriners Hospitals for Children Board of Trustees
Message from the East-West Shrine Bowl Committee Chairman
9 Message from the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida 11 Meet Bob Roller, New Director of Sports Management and East-West Shrine Bowl Executive Director 12 Nearly a Century of Hope and Healing — Shriners Hospitals for Children 15 Men Who Make a Difference — Shriners International 16 Encouraging Activities; Building Skills and Self-Confidence 18 The Path to the NFL for College Football’s Finest 21 National Patient Ambassadors Represent Our Mission 23 Meet Alec, Shriners Hospitals for Children National Spokesperson 24 The East-West Shrine Bowl: 95 Years of Tradition 26 Dedicated Volunteer Helps Ensure Success of East-West Shrine Bowl 29 Pat Tillman Award — Honoring a Legacy of Service 30 East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame Past Inductees 32 East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2020 34 East Team Coaches 35 East Team Roster 36 East Team Player Profiles 40 West Team Coaches 41 West Team Roster 42 West Team Player Profiles 46 Former Players in Pro Football Hall of Fame 48 East-West Shrine Bowl Donors 49 East-West Shrine Bowl Sponsors and Local Partners 50 NFL Legends Serve as Team Captains 53 Volunteers and Staff 54 Local Ambassadors 57 VIP Temple Potentates 60 Record Book 67 All-Time Coaches
GAMEDAY TIMELINE 11:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tailgate Party 1:00 p.m. Tropicana Field Gates Open 3:00 p.m. Kickoff Halftime East-West Shrine Bowl Hall of Fame
ON THE COVER: Bentley, Zavi, Hannah, Momo and Heaven are patients at Shriners Healthcare for Children — Florida. The East-West Shrine Bowl benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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MESSAGE FROM JEFF SOWDER IMPERIAL POTENTATE OF SHRINERS INTERNATIONAL
The fraternity founded Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy in 1922. What began as one hospital dedicated primarily to caring for children coping with aftereffects of the polio virus is now a world- renowned pediatric health care system with locations in three countries. Our fraternity, which has nearly 200 chapters in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world, continues to support this special health care system. Today, Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for a full range of orthopaedic conditions, as well as burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. At our locations, children receive high quality care in a compassionate family-centered setting, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is also known for conducting innovative research to increase knowledge and improve treatment methods, and for offering excellent education programs to medical professionals. Shriners International has a nearly 150-year history and tradition of brotherhood, fellowship and service to others. Members of our fraternity are part of an international community committed to making the world a better place. We are bound together by shared values, and a desire to have fun and help others. We are proud to be part of today’s event, and would be honored to share more information about our organizations with you. Please feel free to speak to any one of us – we’re happy to share our experiences of brotherhood and service. I would also like to acknowledge and thank
Executive Director Bob Roller, and Kevin Costello, chairman of the East-West Shrine Bowl Committee, and all the committee members for their hard work and efforts to ensure the success of this important event. Again, we thank everyone for being here with us today, especially the players and coaches. We hope you will continue your support of Shriners Hospitals for Children, and invite you to become part of the worldwide family of Shriners International.
Enjoy the game!
On behalf of Shriners International, it’s my distinct pleasure to welcome you to St. Petersburg, Florida, and the 95th edition of the East-West Shrine Bowl. You may note that the name of this traditional event has changed slightly. By referencing it as a Bowl, we are giving it a name worthy of the event’s importance and stature. We are very proud of our signature event, which is the longest running college all-star football game in the country, and a recognized pathway to the NFL for the players. I also want to welcome and thank our donors, corporate sponsors, spectators and volunteers, and, of course the coaches and players, for being part of this spectacular event, which we depend on to increase the profile of our Shriners organizations. Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.
Jeffrey L. Sowder Imperial Potentate Shriners International
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MESSAGE FROM JERRY GANTT CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN
individualized, quality care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate in a family-centered, positive environment, all regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services. Since our first hospital opened in Shreveport, Louisiana, in 1922, we have helped more than 1.4 million children overcome physical challenges, and discover they can achieve amazing things and have lives full of hope and promise. Shriners Hospitals for Children is known for conducting research to discover the underlying causes of complex medical conditions in order to improve treatments and change lives. Our researchers are responsible for many breakthroughs that have led to new protocols and added to the medical knowledge regarding several conditions, including burn injuries, osteogenesis imperfecta (also known as brittle bone disease), cerebral palsy, scoliosis and clubfoot. In addition, our medical staff shares their expertise through a variety of educational programs for medical professionals, both locally and internationally. By maintaining relationships with several medical schools, Shriners Hospitals for Children fosters an academic environment committed to providing high-quality education for its medical staff and excellent care to all patients.
Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the generous donations of Shriners, corporations and the general public to continue this mission, which the Shriners fraternity founded nearly a century ago, and continues to support today. Thank you for being here today, and for being part of the East-West Shrine Bowl tradition. Please enjoy your time with us.
Jerry G. Gantt Chairman of the Board of Trustees Shriners Hospitals for Children
On behalf of Shriners Hospitals for Children, welcome to the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl. We also want to welcome and thank our sponsors, donors, spectators, Shriners and volunteers, as well as the coaches and players, for being part of this special event. Thank you for helping raise the profile of our organization. locations in three countries, as well as hundreds of outreach efforts that extend around the globe. Our entire experienced, compassionate staff is committed to our three-part mission of providing excellent medical care, conducting innovative research and offering quality education programs for medical professionals. While the mission has three parts, it has only one goal: to improve the lives of the children and families we serve. Our patients receive comprehensive, Shriners Hospitals for Children is a pediatric specialty health care system with primary
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SHRINERS INTERNATIONAL IMPERIAL DIVAN (BOARD OF DIRECTORS)
The Imperial Divan is the international governing body of Shriners International that works as a corporate Board of Directors and consists of 12 officers. The highest leadership position within Shriners International is Imperial Potentate. The Imperial Potentate is both president and chief executive officer of Shriners International, and is elected for a one-year term. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for both Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners International.
William S. “Bill” Bailey Imperial Assistant Rabban
Kenneth “Kenny” Craven Imperial High Priest & Prophet
James E. “Ed” Stolze Jr. Imperial Oriental Guide
Brad T. Koehn Imperial Treasurer
Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Sowder Imperial Potentate
James R. “Jim” Smith Imperial Chief Rabban
Jim Cain Imperial Recorder
Richard G. Burke Imperial First Ceremonial Master
Kevin R. Costello Imperial Second Ceremonial Master
Lawrence J. “Larry” Leib Imperial Marshal
Mark Hartz Imperial Captain of the Guard
David Worel Imperial Outer Guard
SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Jerry G. Gantt Chairman
James R. “Jim” Smith Vice Chairman
Peter P. Diaz, M.D. Trustee
Skip D. F. Stanaway Trustee
Anthony M. West Trustee
James A. “Jim” Doel Trustee
Charles D. “Chuck” Pittman Trustee
Paul F. Poulin, M.D. Trustee
Jeffrey L. “Jeff” Sowder Imperial Potentate
William S. “Bill” Bailey Imperial Assistant Rabban
Brad T. Koehn Imperial Treasurer
Jim Cain Junior Past Imperial Potentate
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MESSAGE FROM KEVIN COSTELLO CHAIRMAN OF THE EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL COMMITTEE
On behalf of the East-West Shrine Bowl Committee, I thank everyone who has been part of preparing for this important event, especially our staff, committee members and volunteers. Know that your effort and commitment are greatly appreciated. I also want to thank our sponsors, coaches, players, fans and Shriners for being part of today’s game. By supporting this signature event, you are helping to raise the profile of our philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Since 1922, our unique, compassionate health care system has improved the lives of more than 1.4 million children by providing excellent care, conducting innovative research and offering outstanding education programs for medical professionals. Children and families the world over have found hope, healing, and medical expertise at our health care facilities.
We count you as a member of our large, extended, worldwide Shriners family. We invite you to learn more about our organizations – Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children – and hope that you will join our efforts to make the world a better place. Please enjoy the game, and be proud of being part of this incredible day – a day that will help us to continue improving the lives of children and families. Thank you again for your support of the East- West Shrine Bowl, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners International. We hope to see you here again next year.
Welcome to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, home of the 95th East-West Shrine Bowl. We hope you have a perfect day enjoying great football as NFL hopefuls play their hearts out in what has become an important tradition in college football.
Kevin Costello Chairman, East-West Shrine Bowl
Kenny Craven Vice Chairman
Chris Smith Member
John Massey Member
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MESSAGE FROM MAYOR RICK KRISEMAN CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
On behalf of the citizens of the Sunshine City, welcome to the 2020 East-West Shrine Bowl. This year marks the 95th time this game has been played, with St. Petersburg hosting the game for nearly a decade. St. Petersburg has been welcoming visitors to our city for more than a century. While you are here, I invite you to explore our vibrant downtown, including our unique districts, world-class museums, galleries, restaurants, and beautiful waterfront park system. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the players, coaches, staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make this event a success. Let us also take time to thank Shriners International and the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Their dedicated work
providing pediatric medical care, world-class research and educational opportunities for medical professionals around the world is to be honored and celebrated. Once again, welcome to St. Petersburg. Enjoy the game, and return soon to the Sunshine City!
Mayor Rick Kriseman City of St. Petersburg, Florida
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MESSAGE FROM JOHNWESTERMAN GRAND MASTER OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS IN FLORIDA
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It is with a great deal of pleasure and pride that on behalf of the Elected Grand Lodge Officers of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida, I welcome you to the City of Saint Petersburg and the Great State of Florida. Representing the 34,000 members of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Florida, we sincerely welcome you. I trust your stay in Florida will be a trip to remember. We are pleased to host the 95 th East-West Shrine Bowl here in Florida and look forward to enjoying a fun-filled day of events. This is a great opportunity for the fans, coaches, players, and the families to see firsthand the various ways the Shriners International and the Shriners Hospitals for
I am proud to be a member of Egypt Shriners and even more proud to be joining all of the Nobles, families, and friends attending this event. As it is truly “More than just a game.”
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M ∴ W ∴ John W. Westerman, III Grand Master Free and Accepted Masons in Florida
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MEET BOB ROLLER NEW DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MANAGEMENT AND EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Professional and collegiate sports are extremely popular and visible arenas; participation in and partnerships or affiliations with these types of events can add new dimensions to marketing, awareness and fundraising efforts. In January of 2019, a new staff position for Shriners Hospitals for Children – director, sports management – was created to elevate our presence in this important field. Bob Roller, former athletic director of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, was selected to serve in this capacity. A short time later, he was also named executive director of the East-West Shrine Bowl.
This year, Roller added some touches to make the game a little more family-friendly, including the Fun Zone on the field during the pre-game events. “We hope it will be like having a kid-friendly party on the field. “It is an incredibly affordable, family- friendly event, as well as being high-quality football,” said Roller. “We hope to continue to attract more families.” Roller is highly experienced and well qualified for these responsibilities. His experience includes more than 30 years in athletic management and 18 years of national marketing, including serving for three years as the Orange Bowl Committee’s director of communications and seven years as vice president of college sports for Host Communications. During his time at Campbell University, Roller served on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee. Roller also had a 10-year stint as the director of athletics for Samford University’s 15-sport program. He holds a Master of Science in Education Administration from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Roller is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, National Association of Athletic Directors of Development and College Sports Information Directors of America. QUALIFIEDTO MEET THE CHALLENGE
A HIGHLY RESPECTED, UNIQUE EVENT
“The East-West Shrine Bowl is a premier nationally recognized event. As the longest running game of its kind in the country, people are aware of this game,” said Roller. “The game is becoming a strong testing ground for NFL initiatives, and we want to strengthen that relationship.” In addition, the game is unique in that, through the players’ visit to the local Shriners Hospital, it provides a clear understanding of the work the game supports, truly making it “More than just a game.” Overseeing the East-West Shrine Bowl includes planning for and choosing 150 players, recruiting coaches and scouts from every NFL team, as well as looking after a lengthy list of details, including tickets, concessions and even the entertainment. Roller’s 30 years of experience in college athletics will be very helpful to the players who are trying to gain the attention of the NFL. “I understand these seniors, and bring a unique perspective to this aspect of the game,” said Roller. “It’s a job interview for them.” An effort the size of this one requires the commitment and dedication of countless individuals, including volunteers. “I really want to thank the Shriners – and all the volunteers – for their months of hard work,” said Roller. “This sets us apart from all other college football all-star games,” said Roller.
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NEARLY A CENTURY
OF HOPE AND HEALING
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a unique health care system with a reputation for finding answers and giving families hope. Since 1922, the health care system has helped more than 1.4 million children.
DEDICATIONTO RESEARCH AND EDUCATION Shriners Hospitals for Children strives to discover answers that will one day improve lives by conducting high-quality, innovative research. Our researchers have made significant breakthroughs that are improving the care and quality of life for children worldwide, while adding to the global body of medical knowledge. By maintaining relationships with medical teaching facilities, Shriners Hospitals for Children fosters an academic environment committed to providing superior education for medical professionals and quality care to all patients. Many of our care providers are dedicated to helping medical professionals in other countries, in order to help more children receive care closer to home.
PIONEERING BURN CARE The Shriners Hospitals for Children specializing in burns have been leaders in the field since opening in the mid-1960s. Shriners Hospitals provide critical, surgical and rehabilitative care for all degrees of burn injuries, as well as other skin conditions. Some advances made through our research include increased survival rates, methods to minimize scarring and improved wound-healing techniques. DELIVERING EXCELLENCE IN SPINAL CORD INJURY REHABILITATION Recognizing a need for spinal cord injury rehabilitation programs specifically for children, we have developed programs that offer innovative therapies, emotional support, and training in independent living skills. In addition to therapy, exercise and activity-based rehabilitation are emphasized. PROVIDING EXPERTISE IN CLEFT LIP AND PALATE CARE Facial clefts are one of the most common birth defects in the U.S., yet comprehensive care for patients with cleft lip and palate can be difficult to obtain. At Shriners Hospitals for Children, patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team. Custom treatment plans may include surgery, orthodontics, and hearing, speech and psychological therapies.
STATE-OF-THE-ART SPECIALTY CARE The first Shriners Hospital opened in Shreveport, Louisiana, primarily to help children who had contracted polio. A unique pediatric health care system has grown from that single location – one with international reach and global vision. At our locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, children receive quality care for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families’ ability to pay for services. In addition, our outreach clinics bring care to children around the world. Today, the majority of our locations provide care for virtually all pediatric orthopaedic conditions. Shriners Hospitals for Children also offers a range of multidisciplinary services, including physical, occupational and recreation therapies; orthotics and prosthetics; and transitions programs to help our patients become happy, productive adults. LEADINGTHEWAY IN ORTHOPAEDICS
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MENWHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE SHRINERS INTERNATIONAL OFFERS A BOND OF BROTHERHOOD
Here at the East-West Shrine Bowl, you have probably seen many members of Shriners International and spoken with some as well. Shriners love to spread the word about their beloved fraternity and its official philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners are known for the red fez they wear and the little cars many drive in parades. But there is a lot more to the story. Men from all walks of life are Shriners – members of the Shriners International fraternity. They’re business owners, educators, athletes. Doctors and lawyers. veterans, sons and fathers. There are celebrities who are Shriners and politicians who are Shriners. They’re the guys you see in your community — and maybe, in the mirror. What brings men together to become Shriners? Shriners call it “fun, fellowship and philanthropy." Really, it’s a devotion to being part of something greater than themselves. It’s the chance to make the world a better place and have a little fun while doing it. SHRINERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY The activities that Shriners participate in are as diverse as the men themselves. Within each chapter (Shriners call them temples), there can be any number of Shriners “clubs” or “units,” formed for fun and service in a specific geographic area. The most visible examples may be the units of clowns and motor patrols (the “little-car” guys), but there are many more. From outdoor recreation to taproom clubs, there is truly something for everyone. There are Shriner sports teams, technology groups, and for the musically inclined, lots of bands. New groups are constantly being formed to meet changing interests.
In addition, many Shriners activities are geared to helping out in their community. Fraternity members are dedicated to putting smiles on people’s faces and to helping others in ways large and small. Shriners are privileged to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, which they like to call “the world’s greatest philanthropy.” Shriners Hospitals for Children has served more than 1.4 million children since its founding in 1922. Shriners assist the health care system in many ways, from helping transport families to our facilities to volunteering in hospitals to raising funds and much more. SHRINERS IN HISTORY The Shriners fraternity has its roots in the Masonic brotherhood. The organization’s history began in 1870, when a group of Masons wanted to add more fun and fellowship to their fraternity. What started with a lunchtime conversation developed into a new organization with the Arabian-
Nights theme that was popular at the time. Their iconic red fez, tall and brimless with a black tassel, is named after the town of its origin in Morocco. Now you can find Shriners worldwide, living on six continents. Think you might be interested in becoming a Shriner? Visit beashrinernow.com or talk to any Shriner you see here at the East- West Shrine Bowl festivities.
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ENCOURAGING ACTIVITIES; BUILDING SKILLS AND SELF-CONFIDENCE
From archery to wheelchair basketball, there are more activities for children with disabilities than ever before. Shriners Hospitals for Children offers opportunities to participate in a wide range of programs and activities, helping our patients have fun, gain confidence, learn about physical fitness and discover limitless amazing possibilities. BOSTON ///// One of the most popular recreation therapy programs at the Boston Shriners Hospital is Team Brave, administered in partnership with the Boston Firefighters Burn Foundation. The program pairs firefighters with patients who spend time together on adventures outside the hospital. Team members have spent afternoons at the aquarium, visited butterfly gardens, created paintings and pottery and even learned how to make fresh pasta. Team Brave helps patients build confidence while having fun.
CHICAGO ///// Recreational therapy at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago provides year round F.L.O.W. (Friendship, Leisure, Opportunity & Wellness) programming, including indoor and outdoor golf. In the summer months, a weekly therapeutic horseback riding programs with Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding is offered. Patients learn about horses, basic care of the animals and get to take supervised guided rides. ERIE ///// The Mighty Otters sled hockey team started in 1997. Sled hockey follows regular ice hockey rules, but the players are seated on specially designed sleds. Participants propel themselves across the ice by means of a special hockey stick. The Erie Adaptive Sailing Experience (EASE) offers youth with disabilities the opportunity to sail independently using specially designed access dinghies. LEXINGTON ///// The medical center hosts NoLimits Sports Camps throughout the year for patients ages 5-18. The medical center usually collaborates with at least one Kentucky university, and their team members help the patients learn to play a specific sport, as well as the importance of stretching, conditioning and eating the right foods.
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ///// For eight consecutive Friday mornings this past summer, 23 patients arrived at the hospital to participate in the BikeFit exercise program. They participated in water games, disco dancing and, of course, cycling. Each BikeFit participant was fitted with an adaptive cycle, which they were able to take home after successfully completing the program. PORTLAND ///// At the Portland Shriners Hospital, the patients have opportunities to participate in many activities, including gymnastics, swimming, rock climbing, art, music, skiing and snowboarding. All activities are adapted to meet the patients’ individual needs. SALT LAKE CITY ///// The Un-Limb-ited camps are for teen patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children living with limb loss or deficiency. These camps offer a unique opportunity for teens to gain confidence and form strong bonds with other amputees while learning either adaptive skiing and snowboarding or whitewater river rafting and camping in the Utah wilderness.
SPRINGFIELD ///// Specifically designed for patients ages 5-21 with a neuromuscular condition, such as cerebral palsy, BFit offers two individualized power training exercise programs that are designed to help improve strength and function. One is an exercise-based program and the other emphasizes cycling. ST. LOUIS ///// Hand Camp, one of only a few of its kind in the nation, is a weekend retreat for children ages 6-12 with hand or upper limb differences and their families. It provides opportunities to go horseback riding and try archery, rock wall climbing and fishing, as well as learn from older patients who are junior counselors. The hospital also offers an aquatic therapy for patients undergoing limb lengthening and reconstruction. TWIN CITIES ///// Camp Achieve is an activity for patients with limb deficiencies. Paddle boarding, swimming, tubing, horseback riding, bowling, fishing and more are offered at the camp. Camp Splash is a weeklong swim camp held at the location’s pool, and is taught by volunteer swim instructors.
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Created by the Shriners fraternity in 1925, the East-West Shrine Bowl supports Shriners Hospitals for Children while showcasing the next generation of NFL legends. 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, Brett Favre and John Elway, played in the East-West Shrine Bowl. More than 100 players from last year’s game signed with professional teams last spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters last season. On average, more than 300 East-West THE PATH TO THE NFL FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S FINEST
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.
TOM BRADY East-West Shrine Bowl: 2000 Team / Position: East / QB College: University of Michigan
Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Since his time with the Patriots, he has made nine Super Bowl appearances. Brady is the first quarterback in NFL history to lead any team to six Super Bowl wins. He’s the all-time leader in Super Bowl passing yards (2,838), completions (256), touchdown passes (18) and starts (9) by a quarterback. His 13 conference title game starts and nine conference championships are the most of any starting quarterback in the Super Bowl era. Before his NFL career, he was the East-West Shrine Bowl MVP in 2000. Brady earned three letters at Michigan and recorded a 20-5 record as a two-year starter. When he was a junior, he led Michigan to the Big Ten title in 1998. As a senior in 1999, he was named an All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection and team MVP after completing 214 of 341 passes (62.8 percent) for 2,586 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He finished his career ranking third in Michigan history with 710 attempts and 442 completions, CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 6-Time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLIX, LI, LIII) • 4-Time Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI) • 14 Pro Bowl Selections • 3-Time NFL MVP (2007, 2010, 2017) • Brady won his third career NFL MVP award in 2017 at age 40, becoming the oldest player in NFL history to win the award • Led team to more division titles (16) than any other QB in history fourth with 5,351 yards and a 62.3 completion percentage and fifth with 35 touchdown passes.
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AKIEM HICKS East-West Shrine Bowl: 2012 Team / Position: East / DL College: University of Regina
JIMMY GAROPPOLO East-West Shrine Bowl: 2014 Team / Position: East / QB College: Eastern Illinois University
Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks is in his fourth season with the Chicago Bears (eighth season in the NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the third round (89th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He became the ninth Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) player to be selected in the NFL draft, and the second highest NFL draft pick in CIS history. During his time with the Saints, Hicks’s statistic of 119 tackles was ranked second among the defensive linemen from 2012-2015. In 2016, Hicks ranked third in the NFL among defensive tackles. While in the NFL, he has played for the Saints (2012-2015), Patriots (2015), and Bears (2016-present). In 2012, Hicks played in the East-West Shrine Bowl. In the 2018 season with the Bears, Hicks was named to his first Pro Bowl. He started 16 games, recording 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He recorded a career-high with five tackles for loss against Minnesota. He also scored on a one-yard touchdown run against the New York Giants. That season he led the team in tackles for loss and was second on the team in sacks. Hicks played college football at Sacramento City College and the University of Regina. While at SCC (2007-08) he was an All-American as a sophomore, and posted 65 tackles in 17 games. In his 2010-11 season at Regina, he started all 16 games, recording 76 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, and 13 TFLs. He was named an All-Canada West All-Star as a junior, starting all eight games and recording 34 tackles, one and a half sacks, five TFLs, two forced fumbles, and one pass. As a senior, Hicks recorded 42 tackles, eight TFLs, six and a half sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups, which led to him earning All-Canadian Interuniversity Sports honors.
Jimmy Garoppolo was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. While he was with the Patriots he won two Super Bowls. He is now the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. His 1,542 passing yards in his first five starts with the team are the most by a 49ers QB in their first five starts in franchise history. This season Garoppolo has made a huge improvement with the franchise. With 424 yards and four touchdowns against Arizona, he joined Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to throw for over 400 years and four touchdowns in a game. In his game against the Saints, he completed 26 of 35 attempts for 349 yards and four touchdowns with a passer rating of 131.7. Garoppolo’s record as a starting quarterback in the NFL is an impressive 20-5 (as of December 26). In the 2014 East-West Shrine Bowl, Garoppolo led the East Team on a 66-yard touchdown drive in the final 51 seconds of the first half. He was named the 89th game’s Offensive MVP, completing nine of 14 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. Garoppolo registered 13,089 yards in total offense at Eastern Illinois, joining Saints head coach Sean Payton (10,298 yards; 1983-86) as the only players in EIU history to generate at least 10,000 yards in total offense. Following his senior season, he received the Walter Payton Award. The Award is given to the most outstanding offensive player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • East-West Shrine Bowl MVP (2014) • 2-Time Super Bowl Champion (XLIX & LI)
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • NFC Defensive Player of the Week (12/4) (2016) • Pro Bowl Selection (2018) • Brian Piccolo Award recipient (2018)
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Garoppolo is one of five QBs to win their first seven NFL starts since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970
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NATIONAL PATIENT AMBASSADORS REPRESENT OUR MISSION Accomplished teens show the impact of Shriners Hospitals’ care Every year, two National Patient Ambassadors represent the patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children, sharing their stories about the difference our health care system has made in their lives. Cristian and Madelyn are this year’s ambassadors, and they are here in St. Petersburg for the East-West Shrine Bowl. If you see them, do say hello to these incredible young people.
Cristian was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Cristian has faced many of the same challenges that often confront patients with spina bifida, including gastro- intestinal system and balance issues, as well as complications from various surgeries. For several years, his family had difficulty finding doctors who knew how best to help Cristian. That all changed one day in 2012, when Cristian met Jack Richardson of Zelzah Shriners who referred him to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Cristian was 13 when he had the surgery that he says changed his life and gave him hope, at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles (now Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, California). Devoted to his schoolwork, seminary studies, a part-time job and playing the cello, Cristian has also been actively supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children. He even dedicated his Eagle Scout project to the cause. Cristian is enjoying his role as a National Patient Ambassador. “I know that I am who I am because of the Shriners,” he said. “I have been able to see that I can do whatever I want, and I can overcome any obstacle that I face. I want to give back to them because of that – because of the life that they’ve given me. Through Shriners Hospitals for Children and the national ambassadorship that I’ve been given, I hope to share a message of positivity and hope to all those who need it.” Cristian is a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. The BYU football team recently welcomed Cristian for a day with the Cougars and Cristian presented cornerback Austin Lee with his East-West Shrine Bowl jersey. I know that I amwho I am because of the Shriners. I have been able to see that I can do whatever I want, and I can overcome any obstacle that I face. “ “
Madelyn’s journey with Shriners Hospitals for Children began with her first visit to our St. Louis location when she was just 3 months old. She had been born 10 weeks early and without her left arm. Throughout her childhood, Madelyn used prosthetics, mainly for balance and to help with various activities. Occupational therapists at the hospital helped Madelyn learn to function and interact in the world. As she grew older, Madelyn began using her prosthetics less often, and by middle school, she opted to stop using them. In school, Madelyn’s busy schedule included not only her classwork but also competitive swimming, first on a team for children with disabilities, then on her high school team. She also participated in competitive, coed water polo. “Nothing is impossible in my mind,” she said. Madelyn has always devoted herself to advocating and educating. She loves to make YouTube videos showing how to accomplish things using only one arm, and she enjoys telling her story at events. Drawing from her own experiences of being bullied, Madelyn likes to incorporate anti-bullying themes into her presentations. A student at Maryville University in St. Louis, Madelyn is active in student activities and made the Dean’s List her first two semesters. “I am incredibly excited to see where this year takes me,” Madelyn said. “I hope to inspire other kids and be able to show them that they can do anything they put their mind to – they might just do it a little bit differently.” I hope to inspire other kids and be able to show them that they can do anything they put their mind to – they might just do it a little differently. “
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MEET ALEC, SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON
You may recognize Alec from TV commercials for Shriners Hospitals for Children, or you may have seen him in any of several other venues. Alec is a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago who has become a popular television star and been interviewed on national news and talk shows. Now 17, Alec has captured the hearts of many with his charm and personality. THE STORY BEHINDTHE STAR The high school senior is an active teen who enjoys his classes and is applying to colleges. When he’s not in school, you can find Alec on the basketball court with his friends or working out at home. Alec’s approach to his favorite activities is a little different, however, since he has osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bone disease. OI is a genetic bone disorder characterized by fragile bones that can frequently and easily break, which can make it hard for Alec to participate in sports. The underlying cause of OI is a lack of collagen – or abnormal collagen – in the bones that prevents them from absorbing appropriate minerals and developing correctly. Alec has been receiving care at the Chicago Shriners Hospital for treatment since 2002. Over the years, he’s made great progress with the help of customized treatment from our rehabilitation specialists. Alec, who has had several surgeries, receives intravenous medication infusions and physical therapy.
“I do aquatic therapy when time allows,” the busy teen said. “I love the pool at the Chicago Shriners Hospital during the cold winter months.” Thanks to the outstanding care and innovative treatment Alec receives at the Chicago Shriners Hospital, his muscles are strengthening and his bones are breaking less often. This provides Alec with more opportunities to indulge in his passion for sports. DREAMS BECOME REALITY The health care system is dedicated to improving the quality of life of patients and families. Knowing that Alec hopes to be a sports broadcaster someday, hospital staff members enjoy helping to nurture this ambition. During the NFL Draft weeks in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Alec conducted interviews with players during community visits attended by patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children. At the 2018 and 2019 East-West Shrine Bowls, Alec attended team practices and went on camera in the NFL Network announcer booth. “East-West Shrine Bowl games are a favorite event for me,” Alec said. “It’s always a fun time when you can hang out with players and talk sports with them. Last year I had the opportunity to build a bond with Cody Barton, a linebacker who was presented with the Pat Tillman Award and who was drafted in the third round of the NFL draft.”
Last fall Alec attended his third Shriners Hospital for Children Open, a professional golf tournament in Las Vegas, where he hosted a new live show, Off the Green with Alec . “That was a personal highlight for me,” Alec said. “I loved every minute of it, and I hope our audience enjoyed it as much as I did.” An accomplished speaker and advocate, Alec has appeared at many events for the health care system and for the Shriners International fraternity. Over the years, Alec has been a tremendous voice for Shriners Hospitals for Children, representing the many patients whose lives have been changed forever by the health care system. “Without Shriners Hospitals for Children, I wouldn’t be able to dream as big as I do,” said Alec. “I know anything is possible because the staff remind me all the time that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I live a full life because of Shriners Hospitals.” Alec is just one of many children who have experienced the hope and healing found at Shriners Hospitals for Children. that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I live a full life because of Shriners Hospitals. “ “ 95th East-West Shrine Bowl 23 Without Shriners Hospitals for Children, I wouldn’t be able to dream as big as I do. I know anything is possible because the staff remind me all the time
While the East-West Shrine Bowl has a new name this year, its tradition remains unchanged. The longest-running college all-star football game in the country, the East-West Shrine Bowl dates back to 1925 and has consistently proven to be a milestone for players seeking a professional career in football. The East-West Shrine Bowl has come a long way since its inception decades ago in San Francisco, California. Prior to 1925, the event was a charity baseball game between Islam Shriners (since renamed Asiya Shriners) and the Elks. Seeking to generate more excitement for the fundraiser, Shriners team captain E. Jack Spaulding realized an all-star football game featuring top college players might be more successful. And the concept of the East-West Shrine Game was born. THE EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL: 95 YEARS OF TRADITION
January 3, 1949 | Game 24
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January 1, 1935 | Game 10 Future President of the United States, Gerald Ford,
January 3, 1942 | Game 17 Following the attack on Pearl Harbor,
center for the University of Michigan, plays in the East-West Shrine Game.
on the West Coast. With just three weeks until game day, the East-West Shrine Game is relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana
December 26, 1925 | Game 1 Game is played at Ewing Field in San Francisco.
January 2, 1954 | Ga Carlton Massey of the Uni
January 1, 1945 | Game 20
E. Jack Spaulding Awar Outstanding Defensiv
January 1, 1938 | Game 13 First tie game and only scoreless tie in the game’s history.
January 1, 1927 | Game 2 Babe Ruth performs the honorary kickoff at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium.
M. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
January 15, 2005 | Game 80 Morgan Scalley, defensive back from
January 20, 2018 | Game 93 Matthew McCrane, kicker for Kansas State University, becomes a member of Suez Shriners, having been fezzed at the banquet the evening before the game.
to receive the Pat Tillman Award.
December 31, 1955 | Game 31 The East-West Shrine Game becomes a nationally broadcast event with airtime on NBC.
December 31, 1977 | Game 53 The East-West Shrine Game logo is taken in 1974 by Kenn Yimm of the Palo Alto Times , who captured Boston College player Mike Esposito walking hand-in-hand with patient Nicole during the annual players’ hospital visit.
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January 21, 2012 | Game 87 The East-West Shrine Game is relocated to its current home at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
January 26, 1991 | Game 66 Brett Favre, quarterback from Southern Mississippi and future Super Bowl champion, receives the William M. Coffman Award for Most Outstanding Player.
January 18, 2020 | Game 95 The name of the event changes to East-West Shrine Bowl, to better in college football.
January 15, 2000 | Game 75 University of Michigan quarterback Tom Brady visits patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children prior to the East-West Shrine Bowl. Brady went on to win six Super Bowl championships and was named Super Bowl MVP four times.
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January 2, 1965 | Game 40 The famed “Mud Bowl” is played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, where players battled in 3-inch mud, whirling winds and driving rain.
DEDICATED VOLUNTEER HELPS ENSURE SUCCESS OF EAST-WEST SHRINE BOWL
The East-West Shrine Bowl has been a tradition in the worlds of football and of Shriners Hospitals for Children for 95 years. The always-memorable event appears magical and seamless to audiences – and making that happen depends on the skill and dedication of numerous people behind the scenes. One of the most devoted is surely Tom Reeves, director of game operations.
“Tom is the pulse of the East-West Shrine Bowl and is one of our game’s most passionate supporters,” said Bob Roller, director of sports management for Shriners Hospitals for Children and Executive Director of the East-West Shrine Bowl. “He has been one of the most constant denominators we have for more than 25 years, and, like many other volunteers, his only motivation is to promote Shriners Hospitals for Children and this 95-year-old, all-star event.” For Reeves, a lifelong sports fan and football aficionado, the event has always been all about the young patients of Shriners Hospitals. The Oregon State University graduate and business owner was moved to become a Mason and Shriner in 1997, after he attended the East-West Shrine Bowl and had the opportunity to participate in the traditional players visit to the local Shriners Hospital. It was a life-changing event that led him to deepen his involvement and commit to serving Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Tom started attending the East-West Shrine Bowl with a friend who was a Shriner,” his wife, Debbie, said. “Seeing how the game helps children and knowing that it's an important fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals, he decided he needed to be a part of such a great philanthropy.” Reeves went on to become, in many ways, the glue that holds the event together. He’s been involved with the Oregon East-West Shrine Game, which is played during the summer in Baker City, Oregon, including serving for three years as the game committee chairman. He also served on the Board of Governors for the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Oregon, and is currently an emeritus member of the board. COMMITTED TO THE PHILANTHROPY
in January. After several years in the role of east team manager, Reeves was asked if he would accept a position as the director of game operations. Naturally he agreed. The role involved commuting monthly from his home in Oregon to Tampa, Florida, where the Shriners organizations are based. In 2015, to be closer to the game and Shriners International headquarters, Reeves and his wife moved to the Tampa Bay area. MORE THAN JUST A FOOTBALL GUY In the course of working with the game, Reeves has said he transformed “from just a football guy to a guy who uses football for anything we can for Shriners Hospitals for Children.” Reeves has just the right mix of skills that make him a perfect fit for the job. “He’s the spoon that stirs the pot,” Debbie Reeves said. “He’s detail-oriented with excellent people skills.” Reeves’ experience and knowledge of the game are clearly an asset. However, it’s the heart he brings to his work that truly sets Reeves apart, demonstrating that the event is truly “More than just a game” for him. There are many stories of his positive interactions with Shriners Hospitals for Children families, and he’s known to be a strong advocate for patients as well. His wife recalls a particular conversation he had with a player’s parent, who arrived at the event not knowing very much about Shriners Hospitals’ patients but after talking with Reeves came away with a much deeper appreciation for the cause of children’s specialty health care. Because of his passion for the game and devotion to the patients of Shriners Hospitals for Children, the East-West Shrine Bowl is proud to count Reeves as one of its most dedicated supporters.
He has also held many positions on behalf of the East-West Shrine Bowl, played annually