Jan. 13, 2011
AUBURN - Auburn senior kicker Wes Byrum has accepted an invitation to play in the 86th East-West Shrine Game, which will be held Jan. 22 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. CT and will be televised by the NFL Network.
Byrum kicked the winning field goal from 19 yards as time expired Monday night in the BCS National Championship Game, giving Auburn a 22-19 victory. He finished his career with a school record 363 points, which ranks fifth in SEC history, and also has the top two individual scoring seasons by a kicker in Auburn history, including a record 123 points this season.
Byrum is the first Auburn player to play in the East-West Shrine Game since Jonathan Wilhite in 2008. He 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, America's longest-running college all-star football 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 ... `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."
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.