Two NFL greats—each particularly legendary in the annals of specific teams—have been selected as head coaches for the 90th East-West Shrine game. NFL Hall-of Famer Mike Singletary, who starred as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears during the 1980s, will lead the East squad of college all-stars. Jim Zorn, the playmaking quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks during the team’s fledgling years in the late 70s will guide the West team. The game is set for January 17, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
In addition to their stellar playing careers, the two men also have extensive coaching backgrounds—including serving as head coaches of NFL teams—Singletary with the San Francisco 49ers in 2009 – 2010, Zorn with the Washington Redskins (2008 – 2009).
Held annually since 1925, the East-West Shrine game has featured some of the most talented athletes out of the college ranks. It’s not unusual to see as many as 100 players from game rosters sign with NFL teams.
Noting the contest’s mission to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, Singletary said, “I’m very excited to participate in this worthwhile event as a head coach. So many of these young players are on the cusp of some great seasons in the NFL, but I think that playing for a cause like Shriners Hospitals for Children will provide worthwhile perspective as they transition to professional careers.”
Zorn agreed. “I coached college athletes for several years and the opportunity to get to know and watch the development of outstanding young men is a tremendous experience. I’m extremely happy to be doing that again within the setting of the East-West Shrine game supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
To learn more about the East-West Shrine Game or to order tickets, please visit www.shrinegame.com.
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