Join us January 18th 2020 @ 1:00 - 6:00 at the Stout Ale House in Menomonie for the
East/West Shrine Bowl viewing party!
Check back for updates on 2023 East/West game info soon!
Over 90 Years of Greatness
An invitation to take part in the annual East-West Shrine Game is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the best collegiate football all-stars in the country to showcase their talents in front of top representatives from 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 for the East-West Shrine Game.
More than 100 players from last year’s game signed with professional teams this spring, and more than 70 made final NFL rosters last season.
On average, more than 300 East-West Shrine Game alumni are on NFL rosters each year.
Since the game’s inception, 77 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.
Players are selected based on their potential to make NFL rosters. A consensus of the 32 NFL teams is taken into consideration during player selection. The general divide used to assign players to the East or West team is the Mississippi River. However, exceptions are made to ensure that the best 100 players are selected for the game, regardless of the location of their school. Players must be college seniors and currently eligible to play for their school. All divisions are considered. To make player recommendations, see Contact Us.
The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the two teams from among current league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs.
At the conclusion of the regular season, NFL teams nominate deserving assistant coaches who will be reviewed by a panel that includes NFL Football Operations staff, East-West Shrine Game leadership and two members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee. Once the head coaches are selected, each head coach will then fill his 12-person staff from among other NFL assistant coaches nominated by the clubs, a key job requirement for head coaches at every level of the sport.
Coaches nominated by NFL clubs must be active assistant coaches who display extraordinary teaching and communications skills, and are recognized for their integrity and commitment to excellence in the coaching profession. The coaches must be accomplished at developing and preparing players to compete in the NFL.
The NFL will also provide the game officials.