Saffold to Play in 85th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday
Jan. 22, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Left tackle Rodger Saffold will take the field for the 85th East-West Shrine Game on Saturday afternoon. The game will be at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla., kicking off at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN2. Saffold is a member of the East squad that will be coached by former Cleveland Browns boss Romeo Crennel.
A 2009 second team All-Big Ten selection, Saffold became the first All-Big Ten Hoosier offensive lineman since Enoch Demar (second team, 2002). He never left the starting lineup after sliding in at left tackle midway through his true freshman campaign.
Saffold started 41 games and appeared in 42 in his career. In 2009, he started all 12 games protecting quarterback Ben Chappell's blind side and the Hoosiers allowed just 16 sacks and one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, both of which ranked second in the Big Ten.
"The East-West Shrine Game has always fielded players among college football's best," said East-West Shrine Game Executive Director Jack Hart. "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 - all proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children."
Those who would like to support Saffold and the East-West Shrine Game can do the following:
For more information about the East-West Shrine Game, please visit www.shrinegame.com.
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