BYU senior offensive tackle Braden Brown has been invited to the 88th Annual East-West Shrine Game®, which will be played on January 19 in St. Petersberg, Fla. The annual all-star game played at Tropicana Field will kick off at 4 p.m. EST and be televised on the NFL Network.
A selection to the FBS All-Independent Team, Brown has started 38 consecutive games at right tackle, protecting the blind side of left-handed quarterback Riley Nelson in many of those contests. A former tight end and a team leader in knockdown blocks this season, Brown follows former offensive line teammate Matt Reynolds as a participant in the longtime college all-star game. Reynolds, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, played in the 2012 Shrine Game.
Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game® has been more than just a football game. It’s been a showcase for the next generation of NFL greats and a priceless benefit event for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The East-West Shrine Game is the longest-running all-star college football game, combining great football with a great cause and creating experiences for players that will last a lifetime.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
Players and coaches visit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa before the game.
Games, crafts and other activities bring together college football players and children for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Coaches and players gain a personal understanding of the meaning of the game.
Brown is currently in the midst of preparations for BYU's San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl matchup with San Diego State on Thursday in San Diego. Good tickets to the game are still available. Poinsettia Bowl Central provides information on tickets, events taking place during the week and the game.